I'm not a racist, a bigot, uneducated or an angry and disaffected unemployed person, but I will be joining their numbers when I get my chance to vote for Donald Trump in the GOP primary, and I'd like to tell you why.
It's pretty simple, actually: I'm voting for Trump because I hate Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News. He runs the largest cable news outlet in the country like his own personal megaphone and, in my opinion, not in support of the forces of good.
The rise of Trump is a "black swan," an extremely unlikely event that no one saw coming but which has huge ramifications. Essentially, it's Ailes' great science experiment gone wrong. Ailes has been the voice of the Republican movement for a generation. The audience that Fox News has courted, under Ailes' direction, has given the media baron the power to sway elections and policy on the Republican side of the aisle.
From a Rolling Stone profile from 2011:
The typical viewer of Hannity, to take the most stark example, is a pro-business (86 percent), Christian conservative (78 percent), Tea Party-backer (75 percent) with no college degree (66 percent), who is over age 50 (65 percent), supports the NRA (73 percent), doesn't back gay rights (78 percent) and thinks government "does too much" (84 percent). "He's got a niche audience and he's programmed to it beautifully," says a former News Corp. colleague. "He feeds them exactly what they want to hear."
From the same piece:
Ailes knows exactly who is watching Fox News each day, and he is adept at playing to their darkest fears in the age of Obama.