Trump has the Republican Party by the throat. It cannot figure out how to get rid of him. The party elites, those snobs in D.C. who do not respect or understand the people out there in America, are tearing their hair out over the damage Trump is supposedly doing to the party. – Molly Ball [The Atlantic]
THEY CAN’T control him.
They’re better off not confronting him.
They absolutely have to acknowledge him.
While he commands the press to cover him, because he’s the only unscripted candidate in the race who’s unafraid of losing.
As Molly Ball writes in a terrific piece on Donald Trump for The Atlantic, the Republican Party can’t live without Donald Trump’s supporters so they’re stuck with him for as long as he can keep it up.
Latest polling from NBC News
Trump leads the Republican presidential field in New Hampshire, getting support from 21 percent of potential GOP primary voters. He’s followed by Jeb Bush at 14 percent, Scott Walker at 12 percent and John Kasich at 7 percent.
Chris Christie and Ben Carson are tied at 6 percent in the Granite State, and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are at 5 percent each.
In Iowa, Walker and Trump are in the Top 2 – with Walker at 19 percent among potential Republican caucus-goers and Trump at 17 percent. They’re followed by Bush at 12 percent, Carson at 8 percent, Mike Huckabee at 7 percent and Rand Paul at 5 percent.
It’s why Trump is now targeting Scott Walker.
Trump — who is in second place in Iowa polls behind Walker — slammed the Wisconsin governor’s leadership. “Wisconsin is doing terribly. It’s in turmoil,” Trump said at Oskaloosa High School in Oskaloosa. “The roads are a disaster because they don’t have money to rebuild them.” [CNN]
After the bloodletting, Trump’s supporters will have to go somewhere, vote for some Republican. Unless, of course, Trump goes 3rd party, which makes me giddy at the prospect. Not the GOP debate is in less than 2 weeks giddy, but giddy, nonetheless.
Now imagine you’re Gov. Chris Christie who can’t even make the first tier of GOP candidates so he’s not included in the primetime debate coming in August. He’ll be in the first group that airs at 5:00 p.m. eastern. How “Big Boy” has fallen. In his latest campaign video Christie tries to sell himself through foreign policy.
Trump is in the first debate, because Republican voters put him there.
It’s tea partiers’ wish fulfilled, The Adventures of Donald Trump, and it’s threatening to be the biggest summer distraction of the season. His supporters come to see the fantasy that stars an American made, angry businessman who doesn’t care what you think, because you’re not as rich and successful as he is. His fans just want to be him.
Why is anyone surprised that Donald Trump’s seduced America this summer?
From the front row, Jose Diaz-Balart, the MSNBC host, shouts a question about “rapists and murderers.” Trump cuts him off: “You know what, that’s a typical case of the press with misinterpretation,” he says.
The Trump supporters in the audience cheer. “That’s what’s wrong with this country!” shouts a man with tattoos up and down both arms. Diaz-Balart asks to finish his question. “No, you’re finished,” Trump says, to more cheers.
Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio or Donald Trump, who fits the mood of today’s fed up conservative?
Only Donald Trump is the anti-Obama, but you’d have to be a certain type of conservative to think that’s a good thing.