As I sit back and watch the media endlessly obsess about anything and everything that Donald Trump says, you would really think that he was the most vile, shocking and controversial presidential candidate among the vast GOP field. Except, that’s not really true. Trump’s clearly made some outrageous and extremely offensive comments, but I still believe that people like Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have said and advocated for much worse.
Remember, Rubio and Huckabee both recently came out with comments that essentially reduced females to walking incubators – even if that female is a 10-year-old sexual assault victim. So, spare me with this “Trump is horrible” because he took a few nasty jabs at Rosie O’Donnell and Megyn Kelly. Trump’s comments deserved all the condemnation they got, but they aren’t nearly as offensive in the grand scheme of things as Rubio’s or Huckabee’s comments.
But the general consensus that I’m picking up in the media is that all these outrageous comments (especially pertaining to women) are going to eventually hurt Trump. Most expected his flare up with Kelly following the first debate to chip away at his lead over the other Republican candidates. Well, that’s not what happened.
At the very least, surely his support among women must be terrible, right? There’s just no way he can say the things he has about women not only now, but throughout his entire life, and still gain the support of female conservatives.
Well, if you thought that, you’d be wrong. In fact, a recent Gallup poll shows that Trump’s favorability numbers with women remain on par with most of the other Republican candidates. In fact, his favorability number of 50 percent places him as the third most popular Republican candidate with women, just behind Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee who both scored 53 percent.
Bill Maher said that Trump is like Godzilla – the more you throw at him, the more powerful he becomes. That does seem to be exactly what’s happening. Every single time the media seems to paint this picture that his support is going to drop, it does the exact opposite.
So far he’s called most Mexican immigrants rapists; insulted a war veteran/former POW; admitted to calling women “fat pigs”; made a bizarre comment about Kelly bleeding from “wherever” – refused to apologize for any of it – and has only seen his lead stay steady or grow over his GOP counterparts.
It’s truly astonishing.
It’s like I’ve said before, Trump has exposed the Republican party. He’s someone who’s been openly racist, bigoted, sexist and hateful – while displaying basically no “Christian values” whatsoever – and he continues to skyrocket in the polls. While Republicans will still continue to deny the vile aspects that drive many voters who support their party, Trump’s continued dominance over these other candidates proves that bigotry, sexism, racism and hypocrisy are extremely popular among many conservative voters.
Otherwise, Trump would just be an afterthought in this race for the Republican presidential nomination – not the current overwhelming frontrunner.