It certainly seems that the more Donald Trump bangs the political drum about illegal immigrants and crime — the more he stands firm on his convictions and refuses to yield to critics — the better he fares in the polls.
According to a new survey of registered Republican voters, Trump is now leading the field — the entire GOP field. The Economist/YouGov poll gives the billionaire businessman a four-point lead in the extremely crowded GOP race for the 2016 nomination. Trump is preferred by 15% of the respondents, with Jeb Bush and Rand Paul tied for second place at 11% apiece, followed by Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee with 9% each.
The Hill notes of the new poll: “In addition to being the first choice for the majority of likely voters who participated in the poll, Trump was also the primary second choice for those who preferred another candidate as their nominee.”
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Donald Trump appeared on the Fox News show Hannity last night to talk more about the set of hot-button issues that have focused so much attention on him lately — immigration, border security, and the actions of Mexico.
Once again, Trump didn’t back away from his controversial statements about the nature of the immigration problem. In fact, he doubled down, telling Sean Hannity that — while he loves “the Mexican people” and has “respect” for the country — Mexico is “sending us their criminals.”
Trump also talked about a phone conversation with the head of the Republican National Committee, Reince Preibus — a call whose content has been the subject of conflicting media reports and, curiously, conflicting statements from Trump himself.
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By clicking on the video above, you can watch the wide-ranging interview on Hannity in which Donald Trump fires off another round of criticism about Mexico, as well as tackling the problem with American leadership when it comes to dealing with our neighbor to the south.
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