As the GOP presidential field becomes ever increasingly crowded (Gov. Scott Walker announced yesterday bringing the total to 15), the Republican candidate getting the most attention, is Donald Trump, so much so, that at least one Republican thinks the Democrats may have planted him as a candidate. The New York Times reports that:
[“The business mogul and Republican presidential candidate is in a statistical tie with former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida in a Suffolk University/USA Todaynational poll of potential primary voters released on Tuesday. The survey is the latest in a succession of strong showings since Mr. Trump announced his campaign last month and made inflammatory comments about illegal immigrants.
Meanwhile, the substantial antipathy created by Trump’s racial pronouncements on immigration, has caused one Congressman to speculate that Trump must be a “phantom” candidate, perhaps planted with the assistance of the Clintons- to draw attention away from Hillary’s many missteps during the past couple of years. Why else would he be out in public creating all these diversions. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), told the Miami Herald:
[“I think there’s a small possibility that this gentleman is a phantom candidate,” Curbelo said. “Mr. Trump has a close friendship with Bill and Hillary Clinton. They were at his last wedding. He has contributed to the Clintons’ foundation. He has contributed to Mrs. Clinton’s Senate campaigns. All of this is very suspicious.”]
Pollsters are claiming that Trump’s comments about immigrants, that they are rapists and drug dealers, is substantially negatively affecting their opinion of him when the vote choice is between Clinton and Trump. However, a great percentage of Americans are angry with the notion that “illegal immigrants” are supposedly overly represented in the criminal arena. In a recent book by Ann Coulter, called “Adios America”, Hispanics are depicted very negatively and the book is selling very fast and well. Although Coulter painstakingly footnotes her conclusions in the book, critics say her statistics are skewed, and some, like in the case of Trump, are calling her a racist. While the suggestion that Trump is a phantom candidate, planted by the Clintons, is fairly spectacular, she is benefiting from his comments, and the GOP in general, seems to be backpedaling as they scramble to disassociate themselves from Trump- their actions are not focused on Clinton when they do so. Hmmm, maybe the Congressman is on to something.