According to the latest Quinnipiac poll Donald Trump and Ben Carson are now in second place in the Republican sweepstakes for President. Both Trump and Carson have 10% of the vote, trailing Scott Walker with 18%. Ted Cruz and
Ron Rand Paul have 9%. Trump does even better in the recent CNN poll where he garners 12% of the vote. [read_more]
Democrats speculate that Donald Trump is doing better in the polls because of his terrible remarks about Mexican immigrants. In his kickoff speech Trump said,
“They’re bringing drugs They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
Of course Democrats would think that Republicans would support such comments. His remarks are quite a nice gift for Democrats.
On Saturday after the SCC vote for a primary Virginia Democrats on social media were very happy because they saw a Republican primary as a great opportunity for them to vote for Donald Trump. (They do not expect it will be necessary for Democrats to have a primary in Virginia and that frees them to vote for Trump in the Republican primary on March 1st.)
After Trump’s awful remarks he was quickly dumped by NBC and his show cancelled. Macys said they will remove his line of clothes from their stores. Nevertheless, Trump has stood by his remarks,
I like Mexico. I love the Mexican people. I do business with the Mexican people, but you have people coming through the border that are from all over. And they’re bad. They’re really bad. You have people coming in, and I’m not just saying Mexicans, I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists, and they’re coming into this country.”
On the campaign trail Hillary is using Trump’s remarks, tying him to Republicans. From the Washington Post,
“Recently a Republican candidate for president described immigrants as drug dealers, rapists and criminals,” Clinton told a raucous rally in Northern Virginia last week. “Maybe he’s never met them. Maybe he’s never stopped to ask the millions of people who love this country, work hard, and want nothing more than a chance to build a better life for themselves and their children what their lives are like.”
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who is thought to be Hillary’s first choice for Vice President, was quick to weigh in on Trump and tie him to the party,
“He will be in this campaign in many ways the face of the Republican Party, because he has higher name [identification] than almost all of them,” Castro said. “That is a very dumb way to begin a campaign.”
Great. The face of our party is the Donald. No wonder Democrats are rejoicing and Virginia Democrats can’t wait to vote for him on Super Tuesday.
In Virginia Hillary was quick to chastise Republicans for not calling out Republicans on Trumps’ comments,
“We need to call out derogatory language, insults, personal attacks wherever they occur,” she said. “There is enough for us to debate without going there.”
Some Republicans defended Trumps remarks. Candidate Ted Cruz called Trump “terrific” for speaking the truth. Iowa Congressman Republican Steve King said
“Donald Trump is one of the few individuals that will speak boldly about what he believes in, and he’ll be challenged by the P.C. police, the politically correct police, and instead of backing up and curling up, he just goes forward,” King said on KAYL Radio in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Democrat strategist Paul Belgala said
“I am a person of faith — and the Donald’s entry into this race can only be attributed to the fact that the good Lord is a Democrat with a sense of humor,”
Lovely. Begala added he thinks the Republican Party needs a ‘Trump Strategy’. He’s right. If Trump continues to do well in Iowa and New Hampshire we could be in trouble, especially in Virginia where Democrats can crossover to vote for him along with the 10% to 20% of Republicans who may vote for him. This could be very, very bad.
More on the story here.