HUGE New Revelation About Trump Could Silence ‘Experts’ Saying He Has No Chance

Even though Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been leading in many recent national and state polls among the 17 candidates seeking the GOP nomination, his favorability rating has been sub-par. As of last weekend, that has started to change.

A Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll released Monday finds 23 percent of likely Iowa GOP caucus goers support Trump, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson who has gained some ground on the real estate mogul with 18 percent. Neither of them is a traditional politician.

Remarkably, Trump has a 61 percent favorability rating in the poll and only a 35 percent unfavorability rating. In May, the numbers were virtually opposite, with 27 percent favorable and 63 percent unfavorable.

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Trump also leads – with 28 percent – a Quinnipiac poll released Thursday surveying registered Republican voters across the country. Carson is second with 12 percent, while former Gov. Jeb Bush has 7 percent. 

Since Trump announced his presidential bid in June, pundits have contended he would not be the nominee.

“It’s possible that he’s already peaked — or that he’ll hold his support all the way through Iowa and New Hampshire, possibly even winning one or two early states, as similar candidates like Pat Buchanan and Newt Gingrich have in the past,” wrote Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight earlier this month. “Our emphatic prediction is simply that Trump will not win the nomination. It’s not even clear that he’s trying to do so.”

Jesse Watters, a producer of The O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, said with certainty last month that Trump would not be the nominee, but acknowledged his impact on the campaign:

Trump is not going to win the nomination, but he is tapping into the red blooded American blood stream. The people that are sick of watching a skinny community organizer running this country into the ground. And they want to see a more muscular approach.

One of Trump’s competitors, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, categorically predicted Trump would not win the GOP’s nomination. “Donald Trump’s not going to be the nominee of the Republican Party,” Rubio said on CBS This Morning last month.

Given that Trump has reversed his favorability numbers, one political observer has given him credit. “The Trump candidacy has rewritten — or at least smudged — lots of the rules of conventional politics,” wrote The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza Monday.

He says things that would derail other peoples’ candidacies. His shyness about specifics on, well, anything would be seen as a lightness bordering on cluelessness in other candidates. His pick-a-fight-a-day mentality would be seen as overly aggressive and tonally off if anyone else in the field did it.

But, of all the amazing things that Trump is doing — whether he realizes what it is he is actually doing — his ability to totally turn around his image is the most remarkable. It’s not something we’ve seen before. And it may not be something we see again.

h/t: IJReview

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Trump Finds The Most Unlikely Supporter For His Immigration Plan. The Left Will Hate This

Liberals just might not like it very much if word gets out that the chief political correspondent for the left wing Slate.com said Donald Trump’s immigration plan just might help him go all the way– and maybe even win over black voters.

In an appearance on CNN’s The Situation Room, Slate.com’s Jamelle Bouie said that Trump’s ideas on immigration are “not a bad play” and “as far as strategy goes” may appeal to black voters, only a small number of whom a Republican needs to assure total victory in 2016.

One of Trump’s main points has always been that America is losing jobs to China and Mexico and that this loss is hitting black youths harder than everyone else in our country. One of Trump’s goals is to bring those jobs back home.

On CNN, Bouie said Trump’s remarks were “absolutely fascinating” as a strategy.

Many strategists say that if the GOP could increase its black vote totals by even a small percentage more than the 8 to 10 percent it already gets, that could be a key to easy victory. But Bouie says he hasn’t heard of another Republican doing this.

“I don’t think I’ve heard a Republican ever talk specifically about African-American youth unemployment, which is a legitimate problem and a legitimate issue,” he said.

“And part of doing that, part of approaching that, might just be harnessing anxiety about immigration, about the fact that immigrants are typically filling low wage jobs, and are in some cases… competing with African-American workers,” Bouie added. “Trump, I think, might be banking on that fact. And it’s not a bad play as far as strategy goes.”

Bouie isn’t exactly right that no other Republican has made outreach to the African American community an important part of his strategy. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has spent a lot of time reaching out to and engaging blacks in their own neighborhoods.

And Paul has not restricted his focus just to his election campaign. This year, Paul pushed six bills in the Senate on issues ranging from the criminal justice system to voting rights, issues that are important to the African American community.

But Trump has been the latest to highlight the economic problems in the African American community. His newest immigration plan vows to put “American workers first.”

Trump’s plan continues, saying:

Nearly 30% of Hispanic teenagers are unemployed. For black Americans without high school diplomas, the bottom has fallen out: more than 70% were employed in 1960, compared to less than 40% in 2000. Across the economy, the percentage of adults in the labor force has collapsed to a level not experienced in generations. As CBS news wrote in a piece entitled ‘America’s incredible shrinking middle class’: ‘If the middle-class is the economic backbone of America, then the country is developing osteoporosis.

These are the issues that Slate’s left-wing political correspondent says could lead to Trump making inroads into the black vote.

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BREAKING: Ben Carson Just Got Some Gigantic News That Could Strike Fear Into Trump’s Heart

They’re both considered “anti-establishment” candidates, favored by folks who don’t like, and want to send a powerful message to, the “political class.” But the fiery and flamboyant Donald Trump is very different in style, and frequently in substance, from the generally calm and soft-spoken Ben Carson, whose prospects in the early-causus state of Iowa just got a huge boost.

Monmouth University has just released the results of a new poll showing that Carson has climbed into a head-to-head tie with Trump for the top spot in the opinion of Republicans in The Hawkeye State. A release from the polling organization points out that this is the first time in more than a month that “a poll in any of the first four nominating states has not shown Trump with a nominal lead.”

“When Iowa Republicans are asked who they would support in their local caucus, Ben Carson (23%) and Donald Trump (23%) tie for the top spot,” according to Monmouth pollsters.

This marks a significant shake-up in the race for the Republican nomination for president. “In mid-July, [Scott] Walker was the front runner in Iowa, with Trump and Carson following behind. Since then, Walker’s support has dropped by 15 points, while Carson’s has increased by 15 points and Trump’s by 10 points. Support has also increased for [Carly] Fiorina by 7 points since Monmouth’s last Iowa poll.”

This stunning news for Ben Carson comes only days after another voter survey found him moving up substantially in the eyes of likely GOP caucus-goers in Iowa.

The Des Moines Register reported that its new poll, conducted in conjunction with Bloomberg Politics, showed that the retired neurosurgeon has made impressive gains among Iowa voters and is now within easy striking distance of the pack-leading billionaire businessman.

A new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll finds that Trump, the flamboyant real estate entrepreneur, has 23 percent support here. But Ben Carson…has been a submarine, quietly cruising into second with 18 percent, just 5 percentage points from the front-runner.

One of the more impressive aspects of the new polling that puts Carson at the 18-percent level with likely GOP caucus-goers in Iowa is his favorability rating. As the new voter survey notes: “Carson has the highest favorability rating of the 17 Republican candidates, with 79 percent who view him positively. Only 8 percent have negative feelings about him.”

This puts the political outsider Carson in sharp contrast to the bombastic boat-rocker Trump, who has nonetheless improved his favorability among Republicans, as pointed out by Bloomberg Politics: “The real estate mogul is rated favorably by 61 percent and unfavorably by 35 percent, an almost complete reversal since the Iowa Poll in May.”

Bloomberg reporter John McCormick also takes note of Carson’s slow but steady efforts to put together the kind of ground game in Iowa that would be needed to grow the stature and sustainability of his campaign: “Although he isn’t generating the headlines enjoyed by Trump, Carson has quietly built a dedicated network of supporters in Iowa. During the past month, he also aired more ads than any other presidential candidate in Iowa.”

Another big plus for Ben Carson is his appeal to Christian conservatives looking for a non-politician, but not an unpredictable wild card like Donald Trump. The article by McCormick underscores Carson’s high favorability among Iowa Republicans as a kind of shield against potential attacks from his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination.

Christian conservatives, who represent nearly 40 percent of likely caucus participants in the poll, may be starting to coalesce around the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins.

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Watch: CNN Asks Trump A Question He HATES And He Makes Them Pay In 31 Seconds

When a CNN reporter questioned Donald Trump at an event in Norwood, Mass., Friday night about the two dozen or so pro-abortion rights protesters who showed up, the candidate did not give her the time of day.

“I don’t see many protesters. I see thousands of people and there’s a few protesters,” Trump replied. “And I figured you’d ask that question, because you know, that’s the way it is. CNN is terrible,” which drew cheers and applause from the audience. 

“You’re with CNN?” he confirmed. “You people do not cover us accurately at all. So they have a few protesters outside, and they have thousands of people, and the first question from CNN is about protesters.”

Trump then moved on to the next question, waving off the CNN reporter’s as not worth his time. 

The candidate has stated he is pro-life, but supports exceptions in cases of rape and incest and to save the life of the mother.

Friday’s dust up was not the first time Trump has taken exception to how a network news channel has treated him. As reported by Western Journalism, Trump went on a Twitter tirade following the first presidential debate, which was hosted by Fox News.

He tweeted: “I really enjoyed the debate tonight even though the @FoxNews trio, especially @megynkelly, was not very good or professional!”

He spent the days immediately after the debate doing interviews on other networks, including MSNBC and CNN.

In a recent interview, Trump said that, after some initial tension following the debate, he and Fox News head Roger Ailes are getting along again. The candidate has appeared on both Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly’s shows since the debate, both of whom he feels treat him fairly.

“We were at war because I felt that [Kelly’s debate question about women] was unfair, and I let [Ailes] know it. But it’s all fine now,” said Trump. “They were tough questions, and I thought inappropriate, but Roger didn’t, and I’ll go with Roger.”

Following another Twitter quarrel last week after Megyn Kelly returned to the air, Ailes called on Trump to apologize to the host. The Fox News chief defended Kelly, writing she “represents the best in American journalism,” after Trump tweeted: “I liked The Kelly File much better without @megynkelly. Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation!” He also retweeted a follower who wrote: 

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Trump did not apologize, but issued a statement which reads in part: “I totally disagree with the FOX statement. I do not think Megyn Kelly is a quality journalist. I think her questioning of me, despite all of the polls saying I won the debate, was very unfair. Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as FOX deserves.” 

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Trump Shuts Down Gun Grabbers Who Want More Gun Control After Va. Shooting

It didn’t take long for the gun control lobbyists, including the White House, to call for more gun control after two journalists were shot and killed on live TV Wednesday in Roanoke, Virginia.

“It breaks my heart every time you read about or hear about these kinds of incidents,” President Obama said. “What we know is that, uhm, the number of people who die from, uhh, gun-related, uhh, incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism.”

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump took a different route and suggested that more gun control wouldn’t have stopped the shooting.

“This is a really sick person. This isn’t a gun problem, this is a mental problem,” Trump said to CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “If you tried to do it, the bad guys would have them… and the good folks would abide by the law – they’d be hopeless, and it would just be hopeless situation for them.”

Mr. Trump later took note of Chicago’s strict gun laws and argued that even with tough legislation, Chicago has “people getting killed all the time.”

Trump: “And they have by far the toughest gun laws in the country, so it’s not just a question of the laws…”

Cuomo: “So..”

Trump: “It’s really the people.”

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