Is there any competition for The Donald?

Donald Trump speaking with the media at a hangar at Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona. / Gage Skidmore
Donald Trump speaking with the media at a hangar at Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona. / Gage Skidmore

It’s now less than a week before the Iowa caucuses and  Donald Trump has managed to maintain a strong lead over his fellow Republican candidates. The most recent CNN poll shows that 41% of Republican voters support him and over two-thirds say he’ll most likely win the nomination. He has once again defied the odds and still has a double-digit lead over Ted Cruz, who is now ranked second and who, according to the poll, has the backing of 19% of Republicans. Trump has been confident in his chances of getting the nomination since the very moment he announced he was going to run, and he’s made it clear that he still feels the same way.

In his most recent interview with CNN, Trump expressed his thoughts on the election and on his competitors. He again confirmed that he doesn’t feel threatened by anyone in the Republican or Democratic Party. When speaking about Ted Cruz, Trump brought up the nationality problem and said that it could cause major issues for Cruz in the future. Because Cruz was born in Canada, many people have been questioning whether he is even eligible to run for office. Trump also referred to Cruz as a “nasty person” and pointed out that Cruz “can’t get along with anybody”.

Trump has given most, if not all, of his competitors a lot of heat, but Jeb Bush seemed to have really been receiving a lot of criticism from Trump since the debates started. Trump is very proud of the fact that he is funding his own campaign, as this assures voters that what he is saying is what he genuinely thinks and wants, and not what his sponsors want. During the first Republican debate in September of last year, Trump brought this up and accused Bush of being a puppet for his donors. Trump has also said that Bush is weak on immigration and that he has a soft spot for Mexicans since his wife is Mexican herself. Trump never saw Bush as a threat, and as Bush’s numbers fall in the polls, it seems as though Trump has been proven right.

When faced with the prospect of going against Hillary Clinton to win the presidency, Trump doesn’t seem very worried. In the same interview mentioned above, Trump said that it doesn’t really matter to him who he runs against, whether it be Hillary or Sanders. He feels like he has a good chance of winning the nomination, and he said that if he were to run against Hillary, the U.S would see the largest voter turnout in history. He also thinks that the email problem could still pose issues for Clinton in the future. Trump has also accused Clinton of “constantly playing the woman card” and he stated that he would do much more for women than she would and that many women have told him that they don’t like Hillary at all and that they even think that she is a “terrible person”.

Donald Trump has made it clear that he does not see Hillary Clinton as a threat and that he also does not think that the other Republican candidates pose a threat to him. It’s easy to say that most people were quite skeptical of Trump’s political abilities and thought that he wouldn’t do very well in the polls or that he would drop out soon. As we can see, many of us have been proven wrong. Trump has been on top since the very first Republican debate and he continues to lead in the polls. He is leading among men and women, younger and older voters, white evangelicals, conservatives, and both self-identified Republicans and Independents who lean towards the Party. He feels confident about his chances in Iowa, and there’s no question that if he manages to win Iowa and New Hampshire, he will be hard to beat by the other Republican candidates.

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Gabriela Bernal 23 Articles
Gabriela Bernal is interested in politics, international relations, and terrorism. She is pursuing a degree in political science and plans on pursuing her postgraduate studies in the U.K. She likes to write, read, play tennis, travel, and learn new languages.

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