Politico examines the phenomenon of Donald Trump’s longevity in the Republican presidential primary–and why he has weathered so many media outrages that would sink a more conventional candidate.
What hasn’t killed Donald Trump has only made him stronger.
Right off the bat, there was the shocking statement about the Mexican government sending over immigrant “rapists.” Then came the challenge to John McCain’s war hero status, a low blow from someone who avoided the draft. Next were the “bimbo” retweet attacks on Fox host Megyn Kelly (not to mention the reference to her “wherever”). His latest rants on “anchor babies” and nasty feuds with the media would have wounded any other mortal presidential candidate.
But Trump is more popular than ever.
A new poll released by Quinnipiac University on Thursday showed Trump’s lead growing, his favorability rating up and his unfavorability rating down.
Trump is rewriting the playbook in which politicians who offend respond by equivocating, clarifying or apologizing. Instead, he goes on offense and takes his message to directly to the heart of his critics’ support. The polls and the ratings don’t lie: Voters and viewers love it.
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