Polls: Trump leads GOP nationally and in South Carolina

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Clinton: Trump no longer funny.

WASHINGTON, United States—Hillary Clinton took aim at fellow White House hopeful Donald Trump over his call to ban Muslims from entering the United States, saying: “I no longer think he is funny.” Appearing on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” later Thursday, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination said Trump had overstepped the mark with his latest comments.That’s what a recent National Review article wondered aloud. “It’s not clear whether he set out intentionally to elect Hillary Clinton, but there is little question that he could not be fulfilling the role of Republican bogeyman to greater effect,” the author, Mona Charen, wrote about Trump. And what he’s saying now is not only shameful and wrong – it’s dangerous.” Trump’s rhetoric was harming the nation’s ability to fight the rise of the Islamic State, feeding the group “propaganda” it could use to recruit, Clinton said. “I don’t say that lightly, but it does.

Then it was Republican senators and representatives, one after another, saying that Trump’s proposal didn’t represent the party they knew. “This is not conservatism,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said, succinctly and eloquently. “What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for.” But one day later, a Bloomberg Politics/Purple Strategies poll found that 65 percent of likely GOP primary voters favored Trump’s ban on Muslims. He might just become the nominee, which is widely viewed as a catastrophe for the GOP. “The GOP establishment doesn’t need to win Iowa — it just needs Trump to lose,” Enten wrote. “And the establishment may have to rely on an old frenemy to make that happen: born-again and evangelical Christians.” Evangelicals may be an old “frenemy,” but they will likely not rescue the Republican establishment.

And because it’s kind of crossed that line, I think everybody and especially other Republicans need to stand up and say ‘Enough, you’ve gone too far.’” Clinton has previously denounced Trump’s proposal while trying to tie his bombastic views to those of the rest of the Republican party. “Some of his Republican rivals are saying that his latest comments have gone too far,” she said during a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Tuesday. “But the truth is many of them have said extreme things about Muslims. Barring the ever elusive, last-minute “white knight” play, in which Mitt Romney is somehow declared the nominee by acclamation at the Republican National Convention, this likely means making a choice between Donald Trump and Sen. Pop culture’s also getting into this idea. “Saturday Night Live,” for instance, opened its last show with a sketch where Trump recalled Clinton calling him on the phone and gleefully telling him that she hoped he would be her opponent in the general election. They were what labor unions were to the Democrats: a loyal grassroots movement that were needed during the election but often ignored once the votes were counted.

The idea that Trump is the Democrats’ best weapon has been around for a while—consider this Washington Post article from July about Democrats “cheering” his candidacy. Trump had clearly tapped into. “It’s O.K., it’s O.K. to be afraid,” she said. “When bad things happen, it does cause anxiety and fear,” she added. “But then you pull yourself together and, especially, if you want to be a leader of our country, and you say:‘O.K., what are we going to do about it?

And it’s perhaps understandable why some would see a Trump nomination as a boon to Hillary Clinton or anybody else who wants to block a Republican from the White House. The establishment didn’t need to worry too much about the presidential primaries because they could make up for their lack of motivated voters with dollars. It was five years ago, in fact, when GOP leaders decided they liked the idea of a tea party voting surge enough to turn a blind eye on tea party ugliness. Cruz may be exceptionally foul to their taste, but he is nevertheless a consistent conservative Republican who just happens, for his own cynical, brand-building purposes, to favor doomed procedural tactics. Nobody, even the most hardened Democratic partisans, should be gloating about his continued strength, because it’s helping to plunge us into truly dangerous waters.

Trump, She had portrayed him as a reality television sideshow who voiced more extreme terms beliefs that, she contended, his more serious G.O.P. rivals shared. Though his Republican colleagues in the Senate dislike him, this isn’t the first time they’ve had to deal with an ambitious junior senator getting in everyone’s way to pursue his own ends, and it won’t be the last. A chilling Politico article highlighted some of the people who are profiting the most off of Trump’s activities — white supremacists and neo-Nazis: Stormfront, the most prominent American white supremacist website, is upgrading its servers in part to cope with a Trump traffic spike.

The poll also found that seven in 10 likely Republican primary voters believed Trump was well-equipped to confront the threat of terrorism, with four in 10 “very confident” he could respond to the threat. David Duke reports that the businessman has given more Americans cover to speak out loud about white nationalism than at any time since his own political campaigns in the 1990s. […] “Demoralization has been the biggest enemy and Trump is changing all that,” said Stormfront founder Don Black, who reports additional listeners and call volume to his phone-in radio show, in addition to the site’s traffic bump. Black predicts that the white nationalist forces set in motion by Trump will be a legacy that outlives the businessman’s political career. “He’s certainly creating a movement that will continue independently of him even if he does fold at some point.” Even Trump on his worst days would probably admit to himself that he didn’t intend to strengthen the white nationalist movement with his candidacy, but that is precisely what he is doing. It’s not outlandish to imagine that threat increasing in the wake of the leading Republican presidential candidate whipping up such an openly racist frenzy.

Bush standing powerfully with Muslim leaders after 9/11, we have Republican presidential candidates (and not just Donald Trump) advocating different ways to slam the door on Muslims who want to come here. Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims. “I’m for him on that,” he said. “We shouldn’t be letting those people into the country,” he added. “She’s as amazed as everyone else is” by his staying power, said Edward G. A recent survey showed 56 percent of all Americans saying that Islam is incompatible with American values — and that poll was taken before the Paris or San Bernardino attacks and before Trump’s fascist escalation. Here are three reasons: Trump is not the top candidate among evangelicals and evangelical leaders, but he still attracts many born-again Iowa caucusgoers. She recounted the episode, describing her surprise when the nation’s then-leader Kim Jong-il said he would turn the journalists over to a “distinguished American” and requested her husband. “We kept offering names of the distinguished Americans and none of them were acceptable and we couldn’t figure out: is this real or not?” she said.

At the end of the interview Meyers asked Clinton to respond to a series of questions about the early voting state – and the host’s home state – of New Hampshire. According to CNN-ORC polls of likely Iowa Republican voters, Trump now has support from 24 percent of Iowa evangelicals, up from 20 percent in early November. Or they explained away loathsome behavior by calling it voter “anger.” Now, moderates may flee the party the same way Democrats became Reagan Democrats three decades ago.

The major point here, as Yglesias concedes, is that Trump’s performance as nominee would be “probably disastrous.” I’d say “certainly disastrous.” He is the most well-known figure in the Republican field, who has earned plenty of exposure over not just the past six months but over the past 40 years. Trump is surging among non-evangelical Republicans in Iowa, up from 28 percent to 40 percent in the CNN polls, but he has enough support among evangelicals to keep in a top candidate in the state. And even if—as is far more likely—Trump doesn’t become the Republican nominee, the damage wrought by his candidacy and the forces propelling it has already been considerable. What’s also appealing to the establishment about Cruz over Trump is that Cruz can at least be controlled somewhat, whereas Trump cannot be controlled whatsoever.

Beyond the fact that there’s no significant daylight between him and his GOP rivals on Islam, the climate of anti-Muslim racism we’re living through is having real-world consequences. Cruz in a general election would understand his responsibility to the Republican Party—to not go out of his way to humiliate it by speaking off the cuff, thus endangering down-ballot candidates. Trump’s remarks on Twitter, a fund-raising email went out that night from a top aide, Huma Abedin, under the subject line “I’m a proud Muslim.” The campaign released a “Love Trumps Hate” bumper sticker, and on Tuesday, Mrs.

Baylor University sociologist Lydia Bean, who has looked at evangelical politics closely, says that evangelicals are not a ship to be steered by some religious leader. The Council on American Islamic Relations — whose Washington office was evacuated on Thursday after receiving an envelope containing white powder — has reported an “unprecedented” spike in Islamophobia after the Paris attacks. One simple mental exercise when considering electability is: Would you feel at least barely safe with this person running the affairs of state for even a day? Though a couple of Cruz’s legislative policy proposals are far to the right of Trump’s, you could at least see Cruz sitting in the Oval Office for 24 hours without destroying the world. The only thing that has ever effectively countered this strain—that has ensured the advancement of progress in the U.S.—has been the continual resistance to it by determined movements of ordinary people.

Though Cruz is denying he was criticizing Trump, that doesn’t make any sense, since he was explicitly speaking about why he’s a stronger candidate than Trump (and Ben Carson, who’s fallen out of the picture): “Who am I comfortable having their finger on the button?” Cruz said. “Now that’s a question of strength, but it’s also a question of judgment. If neither Trump nor Cruz has much chance to win though, then the question becomes: Is there anything useful the party could get out of either of these two? The only information the party would gather after riding Trump to its third consecutive Electoral College defeat is the simple acknowledgement that it had just wasted a presidential election on Donald Trump.

He would give the conservative movement what they’ve been craving: an ideological representative of their own atop the ticket, instead of a mushy-middle “moderate” like Bob Dole, Sen. Trump’s more incendiary ideas, but added that there were parts of his message, like the need to hem in China and put a stop to currency manipulation that hurts America in trade deals, that could appeal to white working-class Democrats who are concerned about the shrinking middle class. “A lot of what he says resonates with what you and I would call ‘reasonable, thinking people,’” Mr. Trump’s appeal, referring to his campaign as ideal for what he dismissively calls an “Instagram election” of quick sound bites and easy responses (“Build a wall!” “Close the borders!”) to extremely complex problems, said one of these advisers with direct knowledge of Mr.

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