As revealed in the Monday edition of The Desk, a new poll reveals how Donald Trump leads the other GOP presidential candidates by a significant margin. Trump walked away with 24% of the poll, whereas his nearest rival, Scott Walker, captured only 13%. Former leader Jeb Bush follows with 12%. Trump’s newest victory comes hot on the heels of his minimizing comments about John McCain’s war-hero status.
Trump stopped by The O’Reilly Factor to follow up on McCain. O’Reilly tried his hardest to pull something resembling an apology — “man to man” — out of Trump. This is what happened:
“Well, I’m going to say this, I have respect for Senator McCain. I used to like him a lot. I supported him. I raised a lot of money for his campaign against President Obama and certainly if there was a misunderstanding, I would totally take that back. But, hopefully, I said it correctly and certainly, shortly thereafter, I said it correctly.”
In other words, Trump delivered a sorry-not-sorry apology. Now for the nitty gritty:
“I’m making the rounds all over the country and I see how badly our veterans are being treated and he’s the guy. He’s supposed to be doing it. I see him on television all the time. He’s always talking, talking, but nothing gets done. These veterans are living in hell, Bill … The Veterans Administration is a scandal. It’s corrupt and what’s going on is a disgrace. Believe me, If I win, if I become president, that will end. He’s the head of the group that runs – somebody is doing a bad job. It’s massive corruption, it’s massive incompetence … He’s in charge.”
Trump is working the military vote. Will he succeed? Trump keeps tying everything back to his immigration comments. You’d think this tunnel vision would eventually prove to be his undoing, but not yet. Trump’s lead in the polls appears baffling to those who view him as entertainment. A GOP pollster, Frank Luntz, told the Associated Press that Trump’s billionaire status really does give him an advantage: “Nobody leaves a race because they get tired, or because they think they don’t have the votes. They leave the race because they run out of money. Donald Trump will never run out of money, and that makes him incredibly powerful.”
Let’s look at those poll numbers again.