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.

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Black Pastor Strikes Fear Into ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protesters With This Nine-Word Question

In a discussion on Fox News recently, black minister Johnathan Gentry took a critical tone toward those participating in race-based protests across the nation while ignoring the issues in their own neighborhoods.

Your World with Neil Cavuto guest host Charles Payne began the segment with video of a reporter’s effort to determine whether Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker would agree to a meeting with members of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“My advice to every presidential candidate out there,” Gentry started, “if they want to speak with you, challenge them. ‘Yes, I do want to talk to you.’ And when they do get in your presence, ask them: ‘If black lives matter, how come you ain’t cleaning up your own community?”

He went on to explain that many of the racially motivated rioters involved in the largely rudderless campaign have turned a blind eye toward the violence that dominates many black communities.

“You’re kind of preaching to the choir here,” Payne chimed in, noting that several Democrats have been among those pressured to apologize after contending that all lives matter.

“We are going around in constant circles,” Gentry asserted, “with some people who cannot recognize their own foolishness.”

As the presidential primary continues, he urged all White House hopefuls to engage – and challenge – those staging and promoting the disruptive protests.

“No presidential candidate should be afraid of this superficial, shallow movement,” he said. “They are cookies with no milk, Lamborghinis with no 12-cylinder engine, clouds without tempest. They are shallow.”

He predicted that, of all candidates currently vying for the GOP presidential nomination, the “only one that would hit them where it hurts would be Donald Trump.”

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Watch: Trump Just Revealed The Huge Difference Between Him And The Other Candidates

Presidential candidate Donald Trump received a rousing welcome in Derry, N.H., Thursday night, speaking to a standing room only crowd.

The billionaire candidate took the stage in front of over 2,000 people for his first town hall meeting of the campaign, announcing to the rowdy crowd that the “silent majority is back!”

Trump said the reception his candidacy has been receiving nationwide has been incredible. He pointed to a pep rally that will be held in Mobile, Ala., Friday night. His campaign first planned to meet in a room with a 1,000 person capacity, then considered one with a 2,000 person capacity, then looked at the convention center, which could hold 10,000, but ultimately (based on RSVPs) had to opt for a football stadium, where they are expecting between 30,000 to 40,000 people.

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Trump told the New Hampshire crowd the big difference between himself and the other candidates is that they are politicians and he is not.

As far as funding his campaign goes, the billionaire said, “I don’t need anybody’s money. I don’t want anybody’s money.” He did, however, mention some touching stories of those who have contributed small amounts, like a woman in her 80s who sent in a little over $7. He told the audience he recognizes that individual donations represent a buy-in to his candidacy, so he is accepting them.

Trump mentioned that his Republican rivals Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker all plan to spend “a lot of money” in negative ads against him. Fox Business reported earlier this week that Walker and Rubio are raising money explicitly for that purpose. As reported by Western Journalism, Sen. Rand Paul was the first of the Republican candidates to go on air with an ad attacking Trump.

Trump singled out Bush, who had raised over $114 million as of June 30, for some special attention. He noted the former Florida governor was holding a competing town hall meeting (with between 100-200 people in attendance) very close to their location Thursday night. “You know what’s happening to Jeb’s crowd…right down the street? They’re sleeping!” Trump joked.

Trump believes Bush’s candidacy is “going down like a rock” in New Hampshire because of his views on the Iraq War, Common Core, and immigration. “I don’t see how he’s electable,” the candidate said.

Bush countered Trump at his rally, saying the real estate mogul does not have “a proven conservative record,” citing his past support for a single-payer healthcare system and Democratic candidates.

A Boston Herald poll published last week has Trump leading in New Hampshire with 18 percent, while Bush has 13 percent. Most recent polling also shows Trump topping Bush in the former governor’s home state of Florida: 21 to 17 percent.  

The former reality TV star said “he’s seen how tough the political circuit can be, and he knows it takes a certain amount of courage to run for president of the United States” according to Fox News.

I want to do something so special. As well as I’ve done in business and all of that, this is so much more important, what I’m doing now.

Our country is falling apart.

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Watch: Protester Tried To Ruin Scott Walker Event. Walker’s Perfect Response Had The Crowd Roaring

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker may have got a little more than in bargained for when he took the “Soapbox” stage at the Iowa State Fair on Monday morning, but he handled the challenge with aplomb.

In the large crowd were “cheesehead” wearing protesters shipped in from neighboring Wisconsin, seeking to disrupt the presidential candidate’s speech. The busload of fifty were booing and holding up signs, which read: “WARNING: DON’T LET SCOTT WALKER DO TO AMERICA WHAT HE DID TO WISCONSIN.”

A person with one of those signs actually positioned himself in the front row, immediately in front of the governor, and began waving it.

“I am not intimidated by you sir or anyone out there,” Walker said to one heckler. “This is what happened in Wisconsin. We will not back down, we will do what is necessary.”

The governor’s reference was to the protests that surrounded the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill of 2011. The legislation required state workers to make co-payments with their health insurance, limited collective bargaining rights only to pay increases (not to exceed the rate of inflation without voter referendum approval), and stopped unions from automatically deducting dues from state workers’ paychecks.

These reforms prompted tens of thousands of union-backed protesters to converge on and occupy the state capitol. However, the changes implemented helped the state to go from a $3.6 billion deficit when Walker took office in 2011 to a $750 million surplus in two years.

Asked by CNN after his speech Monday how he could possibly bring the country together if his mere presence causes protest, the governor responded that crossing people who benefit from keeping things the way they are is the cost of real reform.

“I think you’ll see the same thing in America. Early on if you’re going to push real reform, if you’re going to challenge the status quo, there are always going to be people in both parties who don’t like people who challenge the status quo,” Walker said. “If given the chance to be President of the United States I want not just to talk about fighting, I’ll fight to challenge the status quo in Washington, I will win that fight, we will get results and we’ll do it ultimately without compromise.”

“Scott stands up and talks like an American, not like a wimp,’’ Dean Scheffert, a retiree from Indianola, Iowa, told the New York Times after the speech.

“After the fair Walker will make two more stops in Iowa, a part of his effort to complete a ‘full Grassley’ and visit all 99 counties in the state, a reference to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley,” NBC News reports.

The latest CNN/ORC poll has Walker in third place in Iowa with 9 percent, trailing Ben Carson (14 percent) and Donald Trump (22 percent).

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Scott Walker Just Made A Move As Governor That Stunned Conservatives – And It Could Cost Him

A bill Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed Wednesday during a visit to the state fair has received a mixed response from Republican voters considering him for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

Senate Bill 209, which proposes funding for a new arena for NBA franchise Milwaukee Bucks. While half of the $500 million project will be bankrolled by current and former team owners, the bill Walker signed this week sticks state and county taxpayers with a financial burden nearly as large. The City of Milwaukee will consider its obligation – slightly less than 10 percent of the overall budget – in a council vote next month.

“We would have a $6 ½ million hole” if the team left Milwaukee, he said in defense of the tax extension, “and instead we are going to have that money and about double that in the next 20 years. That’s a good investment.”

Reaction to the news included speculation that Walker’s political relationship with at least one of the team’s owners was a contributing factor in the bestowal of governmental largess.

Walker responded to the assertion, noting his support of the measure “has nothing to do with politics.”

He went on to note that one Bucks owner is a major bundler for Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign, explaining he has no political arrangement with the team’s executive staff.

“That’s just ridiculous,” he said. “If it was about politics, there is no way I would do this deal. I don’t know the owners. I don’t care about the primary owners. I care about the taxpayers.”

Regardless of his motivation, however, some fiscal conservatives consider Walker’s move unacceptable.

Tom Thomson, an activist attempting to convince presidential candidates to sign a pledge against implementing new taxes, expressed his disappointment.

“I don’t think taxpayer money should be used for things like that,” he said, explaining Walker should “let the private sector in Milwaukee work on that.”

Was Walker’s support of this bill irresponsible? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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