Republican presidential Donald Trump can take the heat from the media, critics, special interests, and politicians and is proving he can dish it back. While headlines from usual liberal and media outlets spew predictions of his demise on the election trail, the real world is looking different. Monday, Trump appeared to be on top of his game and not backing down from the inevitable assaults on his character.
A Washington Post and ABC News poll shows Trump leading with 24% support of Republican registered voter. The tier of rivals are far behind with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 13% and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stteady with only 12%. Recent polling results say Trump is gaining ground with the Hispanic, Independents, Seniors, and Conservative voters as he fields the inevitable attacks.
Trump fired back yesterday at Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton, who in her National Council of La Raza speech said “It was appalling to hear Donald Trump describe immigrants as drug dealers, rapists and criminals. He’s talking about people you and I know isn’t he?”
But Trump wasn’t intimidated.
“Failing candidate Hillary Clinton, who is desperately trying to hold on to her lead in the democratic primary against Bernie Sanders, is knowingly putting out lies about my stance on illegal immigration,” Trump responded on the Internet from his Facebook page.
“I said ‘Mexico is sending’— I’m not knocking immigration or immigrants, but rather am very critical of the country of Mexico for sending us people that they don’t want,” he clarified. “Likewise I am very critical of illegal immigration and the tremendous problems including crime, which it causes.”
Trump continued by calling Clinton “desperate, she is sad, and she is obviously very nervous when she has to revert to issues that have already been settled given the absolute accuracy of my statement.”
“She speaks about ‘my tone’ and that’s the problem with our country’s leaders,” he added. “They are more worried about tone than results! It’s not about being nice— it’s about being competent.”
Trump stated “Hillary should spend more time producing her illegally hidden emails and less time trying to obfuscate a statement by me that is totally clear and obviously very much accepted by the public as true. I am honored, however, that she is attacking me, instead of Jeb Bush.”
“Obviously she knows that JEB is no longer her real competition,” Trump ended. “The last person she wants to face is Donald Trump.”
Trump has been rising in recent political polls because of his brash words against liberal and conservative candidates and policies. The liberal leaning Huffington Post said they would be covering Trump in their entertainment section on Friday, July 17, stating his “campaign is a sideshow.”
However, Trump is resonating with millions of voters with his candor and straightforward attacks on political correctness, socialism, and no-results politics. On ABC’s “This Week” Trump said he didn’t owe Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) an apology for calling the former Vietnam POW down at a Family Leadership Council summit and left the conference to a “standing ovation, the biggest ovation that had all week by far.”
“People that fought hard and weren’t captured and went through a lot, they get no credit,” he said. “Nobody even talks about them. They’re like forgotten, and I think that’s a shame, if you want to know the truth.”
Earlier McCain had said the Trump was firing up “crazies.”
“I’m very disappointed in John McCain because the vets are horribly treated in this country,” said Trump. “I’m fighting for the vets. I’ve done a lot for the vets….they are treated like third-class citizens.”
“I have respect for Senator McCain,” Trump said on Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday night. “I used to like him a lot. I supported him” and elaborated that he “would love to see him do a much better job taking care of the veterans.”
USA Today ran a Trump penned article Monday morning indicating that McCain had abandoned the nation’s veterans and made America less secure through his votes in Congress.
“The reality is that John McCain the politician has made America less safe, sent our brave soldiers into wrong-headed foreign adventures, covered up for President Obama with the VA scandal and has spent most of his time in the Senate pushing amnesty,” wrote Trump. “He would rather protect the Iraqi border than Arizona’s.”
The weekend rise in Trumps polling numbers of 24% was an increase from just last Friday when a Fox News poll showed Trump leading the Republican candidates with support from 18% of primary voters nationwide, likened to 15% for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and 14% for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.