Why Donald Trump is a problem for Republicans

There is no chance that Donald Trump will ever become the nominee of the Republican party for president, despite the fact that he has surged to #2 in some polls. Even within the Republican party there is a limit (the crazification factor of 27%) to the number of people who will support an out-and-out buffoon and he has to share that vote with the likes of Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum. At the very worst, the party establishment will deliberately torpedo his candidacy if he becomes a real threat.

But while he is still in the race, he can cause real headaches because his insatiable ego and desire to be the enter of attention will draw attention away from the other candidates even as they try desperately to get their message out in a crowded field. As a result, they are being pressured to publicly disavow his extreme statements, but doing so risks alienating party voters who don’t see Trump as extreme. Just for starters, Hispanic groups are asking each and every candidate where they stand with respect to his outrageous statements about Mexicans.

The Daily Show looks at Trump’s outrageous statements and how Republicans are dancing around trying to minimize them, aware of the danger of alienating the Hispanic vote even more, but not wanting to antagonize their xenophobic supporters either.

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  1. Phillip Hallam-Baker says

    No, there is actually quite a chance he becomes the nominee. The others are even worse.

    Jeb Bush just told us that Americans need to work harder. A guy who has never done an honest day’s work in his life lecturing people they need to work more hours.

    Trump appeals to the sort of people who vote Republican. It doesn’t matter that he is an idiot because they are bigger idiots and the stupid things he is saying that you think make him unelectable are what they believe.

    Trump has a huge bank roll for his campaign but he might not even need it as he dominates in earned media. And he can kill the campaigns of the credible contenders stone dead.

    If it comes down to Trump of Cruz, you really want Cruz? How about Santorum?

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