She continues, visibly emotional: "Never been involved in politics; never had an interest in any of it. Now, suddenly, he is resonating. He is resonating with the people and he is speaking our minds. Our minds. When the pundits and the 'experts' and all the people who are supposed to be in the know, and know all this stuff, and they're so great -- I know some of them, maybe not all, but some of them are lying to me. Straight to my face. And I am so sick of it!"
The plain text doesn't capture the emotion behind DeLemus's words, of course, but it does convey the thrust of the message. Normal politicians and observers can't be trusted. Donald Trump, for reasons that don't need to be articulated, does.
In the New York Times/CBS poll released on Thursday, three-quarters of Republicans agreed that Trump "says what he believes." What's more, he says what the people are thinking, which, seen through the lens of one of Trump's opponents, can be interpreted as being a willingness to say things that are controversial simply because they're popular with the people you hope to lead.
And if you are one of Donald Trump's opponents, how do you respond to that? How do you convince Susan DeLemus that you're a better candidate for the presidency than Trump is? If you're Hillary Clinton, how do you convince DeLemus that your ideas and your party are worth a look? The whole thing about rational argument is that it depends on rational consideration. DeLemus is not motivated by rationality. She is motivated by passion.
That's important not only because it reframes Susan DeLemus's comments to CNN, but also because it reinforces her point. People like the DeLemuses, within the surprisingly wide far-right fringe of American politics, have finally found their candidate.