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Trump proves it's time to elect an outsider

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women's Issues hearing on overview of U.S. policy towards Haiti prior to the elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women's Issues hearing on overview of U.S. policy towards Haiti prior to the elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) AP

COMMENTARY BY DAVID PERDUE

The Outrage Machine is regular Washington Post opinion column by voices from the left and right on Washington:

Republican voters have sent the Washington establishment a message in the form of our presidential nominee. It is loud, and it should be clear.

Yet, a small enclave of career politicians within our party is still struggling to understand the mass appeal of Donald Trump. These D.C. insiders are so caught up in the Washington bubble that they failed to realize the world around them has changed.

For too long, career politicians have over-promised and under-delivered. The constant gridlock and lack of results in Washington is unacceptable. We have a political system that protects those in power and leaves the American people behind.

Georgians sent a strong message to the establishment in my Senate race by electing an outsider to the political process. We now see that same movement sweeping across the country, and we should welcome it.

Two short years ago, I was an outsider businessman campaigning for the first time and endured some of the same criticisms being leveled against Mr. Trump today. Through my own experience, I probably understand the Trump phenomenon and the new reality of this electorate better than most.

People listened when I spoke in business terms out on the campaign trail about the national debt and global security crisis -- instead of reciting tired old GOP talking points. Instead of the usual Washington Beltway babble, I spoke plainly to people about their concerns with the economy and jobs, and their frustration with Washington.

Mr. Trump's nabbing of the presidential nod embodies a dramatic shift in the political paradigm. Many voters are now more motivated by their frustration with Washington than their ideology. As I've said all along, this movement is bigger than party or ideology, or even, dare I say, Trump himself. However, I'm not dismissing the incredible skill set our nominee possesses.

Through straightforward, unapologetic criticism of the powers-that-be, Trump has tapped into the anti-Washington sentiment.Anyone who read "The Art of the Deal" shouldn't be surprised by his technique or his success.

The negotiation strategy outlined by Trump the Dealmaker in his signature book gives key insight into Trump the Campaigner.

He is focused on the American people's shared frustration with politicians, bureaucrats, and the media. He is bold and unpredictable, always keeping the opposition off balance.

And he is a master of earned media.

While unpredictability shakes those conditioned to protect their own power, anyone who still has doubts about Mr. Trump should stop agonizing for a minute, take a deep breath, and at least contemplate the value of having such a unique asset at the top of our ticket.

Our country simply cannot afford four more years of the liberal, progressive policies that have failed the working middle-class of America.

Clinton has committed to doubling down on these failed policies. We certainly cannot withstand losing the Supreme Court for a generation.

We have a unique opportunity to finally change course. It is time for an outsider in the White House. It is time to let Trump be Trump, and to help him win this election.

Write David Perdue, a Republican senator from Georgia, at www.perdue.senate.gov/connect/email

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