Trump Has A Very Surprising Distant Relative Who Happens To Be A Presidential Candidate

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may not be as much of the political outsider as purported in interviews and campaign stomps. He is actually related to royalty – and is a distant cousin of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

As it turns out, both are related to John of Gaunt, a 14th century royal. Gaunt, who was the 1st Duke of Lancaster, was the son of King Edward III. According to MyHeritage, Trump is related through his mother, Mary Anne Macleod, back to his 17th great-grandfather, John Beaufort, while Clinton is related through her father and the Rodham family, back to her 17th great-grandmother, Joan Beaufort. The two candidates are 19th cousins. Neither has commented on this fact.

The Duke of Lancaster had the Beaufort children through his third wife, Katherine Swynford. Swynford had been his mistress, but later married Gaunt. His son by his first wife was King Henry IV.

The royal family was most known for their participation in the infamous War of the Roses, where descendants all tried to claim the throne. Henry VII became the first Tudor king after he defeated Richard III in battle.

Having two presidential candidates who are related isn’t new. The website We Are All Related shows that all of the U.S. presidents, except for one, are related. The common ancestor was John “Lackland” Plantagenet, who was the King of England in 1166. The project, completed by 10-year-old BridgeAnne d’Avignon, showed the only president who does not share the royal ancestry with the other presidents was President Martin Van Buren.

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Donald Makes History: New Poll Shows Trump Doing Something That No Other GOP Candidate Has Done

Donald Trump’s post-debate bump might have been more pronounced and sustainable than some of his critics predicted. According to a new Gravis Marketing poll, the businessman-turned-politico has topped 40 percent – the first time in the primary any candidate has hit that mark.

Prior to the first GOP debate earlier this month, Trump led the crowded primary field with just over 30 percent support. That number increased by 9.3 percent – the highest of any candidate – to 40.1 percent as of the Aug. 25 poll.

Other candidates saw their numbers rise following their debate performances. Ben Carson, who finished second in the most recent survey, more than doubled his statistical support over the last month to earn a nod from 13 percent of all respondents.

In a post-debate poll, Gravis found that most respondents – 22 percent – thought Carson won the debate. Trump was close behind with 19 percent.

A clearer difference between the two candidates could be seen in the results of another poll question asking whether debate viewers had a more or less favorable opinion of a candidate after his or her performance.

Eighty percent of those polled viewed Carson more favorably after the debate, while only 36 percent felt the same about Trump.

Another big winner following the first debate was second-tier candidate Carly Fiorina, who soared to fifth place after nearly tripling her support from under two percent to more than five percent. Ted Cruz also gained some support, winding up at fourth place with an even seven percent.

Jeb Bush faltered, dropping from second to third place with support from just one in 10 respondents. The rest of the field finished with less than five percent, including Scott Walker who plummeted nine points to end up at 3.5 percent.

Are you surprised by any of the post-debate polling? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Watch: Megyn Kelly Just Gave Trump-Bashing Hispanic ‘Journalist’ Time To Spread The Lie

“The only thing I wanted to do is ask a question.” That’s what Jorge Ramos claimed with a straight face in a Wednesday-night appearance on The Kelly File. The chief anchor of the largest Spanish-language newscast in the United States and also a host on the Fusion cable network, Ramos tried to pretend that he didn’t confront, badger and level accusations against Donald Trump during a much-talked-about Tuesday news conference.

One might have gotten a hint about the tone and direction of the Ramos interview when Megyn Kelly opened the segment by asking, “What is it like to be caught in the crosshairs of a billionaire presidential front-runner?” The question was clearly a reference to Kelly’s own experience as a target of Trump’s pointed criticisms that some have called crude and unbecoming of a serious presidential candidate.

“You know exactly how it feels,” Ramos answered, before quickly moving on to defending his charge that Trump “tried to silence” him when he insisted on not just asking a question in the testy news conference, but clearly and repeatedly stating his own beliefs about illegal immigration and Donald Trump’s character.

All one has to do is watch what actually took place in the tense moments before Trump asked his security personnel to escort Ramos out of the room. The belligerent “journalist” had acted as an insistent activist, a committed advocate, telling the GOP front-runner that he could not deport illegal immigrants or undo the policy of granting birthright citizenship to anchor babies.

At one point in the conversation with Ramos, Kelly tried to defend the Hispanic anchor’s disruptive actions, telling him, “It’s not unusual for a reporter to do what you did.”

“He tried to silence me,” claimed Ramos, not mentioning that Trump later invited him back into the press room and engaged him for some five minutes in a conversation where the “newsman” continued to interrupt and loudly express his personal point of view.

Several times in the course of the interview on Fox News, Ramos charged that Trump’s actions are “dangerous.” As for the opinion of the Republican pacesetter for president, Trump has countered that Ramos was “ranting and raving like a madman” in the news conference.

By clicking on the video above, you can watch the revealing Megyn Kelly interview with Jorge Ramos. It’s interesting to note that, also on Wednesday night, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly let his audience know that he has tried time and again to book Jorge Ramos on The Factor without success.

h/t: Fox News

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Donald Trump Ejects Univision Reporter For Being ‘Totally Out Of Line’

Donald Trump was holding a press conference in Dubuque, Iowa, on Tuesday when Univision anchor Jorge Ramos interrupted another reporter’s question to the Republican presidential candidate.

Trump: OK, who’s next? Yeah, please.

Ramos: Mr. Trump, I have a question…

Trump: Excuse me. Sit down. You weren’t called. Sit down! Sit down.

Ramos: No, I’m…

Trump: Sit down.

Ramos: I’m a reporter, an immigrant, and a U.S. citizen.

Trump: Sit down!

Ramos: I have the right to ask a question.

Trump: No you don’t. You haven’t been called.

Ramos: I have the right to ask a question.

Trump: Go back to Univision.

Security personnel escorted Mr. Ramos out of the press conference.

Trump: You weren’t called.

Ramos: I’m a reporter and I have… Don’t touch me, sir. Don’t touch me, sir. You cannot touch me. I have the right to ask a question.

Security: Yes, in order of the questions.

Ramos was later allowed back into the room to comment on Trump’s immigration policy.

Trump: Good to have you back.

Ramos: Thank you very much.

Trump: OK

Ramos: So, so here’s the problem with your immigration plan. It’s full of empty promises. You’ll never deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. You cannot deny citizenship to the children of this country.

Speaking to Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show, Trump said Ramos “was totally out of line last night”:

He was totally out of line last night. I was asking and being asked a question from another reporter. I would have gotten to him very quickly. And he stood up and started ranting and raving like a mad man.

Ramos quickly tweeted out a response:

I’m a reporter. My job is to ask questions. What’s “totally out of line” is to eject a reporter from a press conference for asking questions.

POLITICO reporter Marc Caputo tweeted this response about Ramos:

This is bias: taking the news personally, explicitly advocating an agenda.

Do you think Jorge Ramos acted like a journalist or an activist? Share and comment below.

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Anti-Trump Pollster’s ‘Legs Are Shaking’ After Learning This About Trump And His Supporters

Already under heat for reportedly stacking a post-debate focus group with individuals critical of the GOP presidential front-runner, Fox News pollster Frank Luntz was recently forced to admit that his predictions for Donald Trump’s candidacy have been wrong.

Focus group participants largely trashed Trump’s debate performance, contrasting the gains he saw in subsequent national polls. Based on the anti-Trump rhetoric expressed by his hand-picked group, Luntz felt comfortable declaring Trump’s debate performance the “destruction” of his White House bid.

In addition to the controversial Aug. 7 focus group, Luntz has made other critical comments about the candidate. The pollster allegedly told one GOP group that Trump is “addicted” to the attention he is receiving, and another one that he has turned “what we believe into a joke.”

When the brash billionaire’s lead failed to diminish, however, Luntz assembled a new focus group – this time populated by Trump supporters. His takeaway, Luntz told reporters shortly after the session concluded, was much different than after the previous event.

He explained that the group’s 29 participants gave a number of strong reasons for supporting Trump, including one man who said he feels “someone is thinking the same way I am” when he hears the candidate speak.

Other common terms used to describe Trump included “tough” and “charismatic.”

“You guys understand how significant this is?” Luntz asked at the subsequent press conference. “This is real. I’m having trouble processing it. Like, my legs are shaking.”

After re-evaluating his position, Luntz suggested the Republican Party should do the same.

“I want to put the Republican leadership behind this mirror and let them see,” he concluded. “They need to wake up. They don’t realize how the grassroots have abandoned them. Donald Trump is punishment to a Republican elite that wasn’t listening to their grassroots.”

Can Donald Trump maintain his lead? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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