Donald Trump’s charisma rapidly propelled him at the top of public opinion polls for the GOP nomination, while his outspoken anti-establishment remarks and abrupt immigration reforms placed him in the spotlight leaving other Republican presidential hopefuls in complete darkness.
A recent national poll released by Fox News on Monday placed Trump on top of the list with 25 percent, followed by Jeb Bush with 13 percent, Ben Carson with 12 percent and Rubio, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Cruz and other GOP nominees who polled only single-digit figures.
But when the presidential race started, these genuinely conservative candidates seduced the GOP voters through their experience, talent, charisma, and anti-establishment views like no Democratic rival could. But now, professional politicians such as Walker, Rubio and Rand Paul find themselves overshadowed by the 69-year-old estate magnate.
Since he entered the race, Trump rapidly climbed in the polls making the presidential battle field more than chaotic six months before the vote starts. Analysts do not know whether the mogul would stand a chance for the nation’s top position or the polls reflect his popularity among conservative groups.
At this moment, political expertise, conservative views and party adherence are not as important as sharp remarks and anti-government statements that resound with the grassroot Republican electorate’s feelings and frustrations.
But anti-establishment speech worked with other GOP candidates, as well. Former HP chief executive Carly Fiorina polled five percent, while Ben Carlson took 10 percent and counting.
Experts believe that Trump’s popularity is due to conservatives frustration over other politicians, which were already on the treadmill of government and represented the old models of the establishment. Trump is something new on the political scene, has no Washington connections, and is more than ready to shatter old models and prejudices.
Matt Schlapp of the American Conservative Union believes that the current GOP frontrunner is more than a “flash in the pan.” He is a real candidate backed by real support as polls have shown.
And Trump did admit that he was no politician during an interview last week. But his political improvisation has rendered other GOP hopefuls speechless or at least less relevant.
This includes Fiorina who tries to provide an alternative to Hillary Clinton by harnessing on the GOP electorate’s anti-Washington feeling, Rubio who tried to present himself as a foreign policy expert and generational changer, and Cruz who placed a bet on trying to set on fire the current political establishment of Congress and bring a breath of fresh air.
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