After beating other Republicans vying for the party nomination to contest the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trumps has now overtaken the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
The flashy New York real estate tycoon leads Clinton in a head-to-head match up 44-40, in a poll by Survey USA released earlier this week. And he beats other Democrats as well.
Since jumping into the fray in June, Trump has defied nearly every pundit and prognosis of his impending fall, and has led every rival in every poll, and often by widening margins.
The Democratic frontrunner, on the other hand, has seen her poll number sink steadily and precipitously, forcing her to cut short her vacation last month to return to the campaign trail.
Her woes go straight to her use of an email account hosted on a private server as secretary of state from 2009 to 2012. She has said it was a bad choice, but hasn’t been forgiven yet.
Trump, across the aisle, has seen his number surge despite every stumble, slip or failure that could have derailed a more traditional campaign. But he is breaking the mould.
Trump flubbed a pop-quiz about West Asia entities and issues the past week in a radio interview, but walked away largely unharmed, blasting the host as a “third-rate radio announcer”.
His rise, and continued hold over the top position is worrying Republicans more than Democrats, whom he may face if he secures the asperity nomination.
Republicans fear that the longer he stays in the race, the more damage he will do the party’s outreach to hispanics, a politically important demographic largely hostile to the party.
And with women, about whom he has made some terrible comments in the past and even as a candidate. He has neither apologized for them nor shown any remorse.
Pundits believe he has tapped into a vast reservoir of dissatisfied Republican voters, who are angry with the party and, in general, the dysfunctional DC political machinery.
In the process Trump could, conservative publication The Federalist has said, “transform the Republican Party into a coalition focused on white identity politics” as in Europe.
“Ultimately, Trump presents a choice for the Republican Party about which path to follow: a path toward a coalition that is broad, classically liberal, and consistent with the party’s history, or a path toward a coalition that is reduced to the narrow interests of identity politics for white people,” The Federalist publisher Ben Domenech argued in the article.