By Ariel Worthy
The Birmingham Times
Birmingham resident Phillip Brown has no doubt that Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States.
“He will win by a landslide,” said Brown, who is the state chairman of the Alabama Minority GOP.
Brown, who did not make the trip to Cleveland for this week’s Republican National Convention, said he has supported Trump since the New York businessman began his campaign.
“He’s a rule-of-law type of person,” Brown said. “That’s the only way we can make America safe: by having people support the rule of laws in this country. We are not a nation of men; we’re a nation of laws.”
“We are no longer a leading nation in the world,” Brown continued. “The idea of American exceptionalism has been downplayed as if America isn’t great; When Trump says ‘Make America Great Again,’ we’re getting back to that greatness that we once were.”
Brown, 52, said he’s happy the convention has arrived so Trump can no longer be referred to as the “presumptive” candidate. On Tuesday, Trump became the Republican nominee for president in the November election.
“They were (Trump opponents) still trying to find a way to get the [candidate] they wanted” up to the last minute, Brown said.
Change is needed because the last 20 years in America have been “more of the same,” he said.
“We’ve gotten larger government, higher taxes, more restrictions, more government policies making it harder for people to be successful,” Brown said.
What attracted him to Trump was that he was hated by both sides from the beginning, Brown said. “That tells me he’s not like the rest of the candidates we’ve been dealing with . . . Trump is not of the establishment. They tried to have (former Florida governor) Jeb Bush as the candidate but he couldn’t get the votes; people are tired of the D.C. establishment.”