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I've said on many occasions that Donald Trump has that unique ability to utterly corrupt everything he comes into contact with. But his ability to corrupt is not limited to his supporters, it extends to conservatives who oppose him. I've been blogging on political subjects since about 2002 and I've never seen as much vitriol directed by conservatives at fellow Americans, even douchebags like Code Pink, as I have this primary season for the simple reason that they support Donald Trump. If Trump's supporters were black or Hispanic there is no doubt that a goodly slice of the conservative commentariat would have been revealed as hard core, vicious, nasty racists of the type that would make David Duke look like a voice of moderation. My colleague, Dan Spencer, had a nice short post on the subject yesterday.

Anyway, I use this as point of departure for this poll of active duty and reserve military and National Guardsmen taken by the Military Times:

In an exclusive survey of American military personnel, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders emerged as active-duty service members' top choices to become the next commander in chief.

The Republican front runner Trump was the most popular candidate in a subscriber poll that closed Sunday, with 27 percent saying they would back the business mogul if the election were held tomorrow. Sanders, the independent Vermont senator, was a close second at 22 percent.

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Among the troops who indicated a GOP preference, the poll would be Trump 44, Cruz 27, Rubio 15, and Kasich 12.

The next time you go all Kevin Williamson on Trump supporters, and begin writing them off as imbeciles and racists and xenophobes and untermenschen, remember that members of the armed forces support Trump in about the same proportion as does the nation at large.