He’s ‘One of Us’: The Undying Bond Between the Bible Belt and Trump

“I don’t think it’s about any specific set of policy positions, but it’s about somebody being a warrior for folks,” he said.

.. Southern Republicans have forged a deep, personal connection to the man they saw on television for years. Mr. Trump does the four things those voters love, rally attendees said:

  1. He wins, regardless of how fungible the definition of winning may be.
  2. He takes the fight directly to Democrats, unlike previous Republican presidential candidates who preferred comity over controversy.
  3. He does not bow to politically correct culture. And
  4. he does not condescend to them.

.. At a rally in the spring, Mr. Trump called Tennessee the “home of hardworking American patriots,” an assertion met with cheers.