The Trump polls harvest has continued to be bountiful with Donald Trump registering a 19.8 percent Real Clear Politics average, ahead of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s 14.8 percent in the Iowa count on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. This confirmation of Trump’s top spot among the GOP hopefuls comes in the wake of political pundits predicting his doom due to verbal gaffes on women and Hispanics.
Prominent political analysts have been quick to pillory him as an outsider acting like a loose cannon oblivious to the rules of engagement observed by his more restrained rivals. Speaking out his mind with no regard for political correctness, reveal him to be a non-politician who will be the author of his own demise, the pundits warn.
Especially vocal in his attacks on Trump is The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza who has referred to Trump as “irrelevant.” Cillizza contends that Republicans know Trump and don’t like him because his goal is attention, not winning.
Another analyst who has engaged Trump in a war of words is The Washington Post‘s Charles Krauthammer who has labeled the billionaire real estate mogul a “rodeo clown.” Krauthammer lamented in one of his articles that putting people like Trump on the GOP stage, who are not serious candidates, diminishes the stature of the others who are.
Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, sent Trump a tweet prior to the Iowa results.
“We are past PEAK TRUMP! Sell-by date approaching. Plan exit strategy before Iowa!”
Other pundits who have panned Trump are New York Times‘ Nate Cohn, Kevin Drum atMother Jones, and RedState blogger Erick Ericson.
In Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, one-third of the women interviewed by Reuters on the street recently, admitted being Trump supporters and indicated they would continue to back him.