In ways, Donald Trump’s 2016 race for the White House is reminiscent of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. No matter what Trump says or does, his legion of the faithful remains dedicated and loyal.
The difference is that the mainstream media remained steadfastly and silently complicit with Obama’s efforts to conceal past statements and actions that were controversial whereas they are eager to publicize Trump’s verbal miscues. Trump, moreover, is eager to help, doubling down each time someone new attacks him. The day after his fiery exchange with and post-debate comments about Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly, presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina weighed in on Twitter…
Mr. Trump: There. Is. No. Excuse.
— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) August 8, 2015
prompting Trump to tweet back:
I just realized that if you listen to Carly Fiorina for more than ten minutes straight, you develop a massive headache. She has zero chance!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2015
So how much damage is the firestorm inflicting on the Teflon Don’s poll numbers? See for yourself:
According to the latest NBC News Online Poll conducted by SurveyMonkey, Trump is at the top of the list of GOP candidates that Republican primary voters would cast a ballot for if the primary were being held right now.
The overnight poll was conducted for 24 hours from Friday evening into Saturday. During that period, Donald Trump stayed in the headlines due to his negative comments about Kelly and was dis-invited from a major conservative gathering in Atlanta.
Fifty-four percent of Trump supporters said they would vote for him for president, even if he didn’t win the GOP nomination. About one in five Trump supporters said they would switch and support the eventual Republican candidate.