Why is Donald Trump doing so well?

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by NW Spotlight

Donald Trump was not expected to do very well in the crowded field of 2016 Republican presidential candidates. He was barely on the radar of national pundits, and here at Oregon Catalyst he came in at #10 in our picks back at the end of July.

But Trump continues to dominate the polling – in recent polling he was up over 30% and his closest rival was Ben Carson at just under 17%. All other GOP candidates had under 10%.

So far he has been immune to attacks and Teflon in his ability to do things that would tank traditional presidential candidates. If anything, his flaunting of political correctness has seemed to help him in the polls! Politico is crediting Trump with “shaping American policy.”

On his campaign web site, Trump offers appeal to conservative voters:

“Mr. Trump has over 7 million followers on social media. He frequently uses this platform to advocate for Conservative causes, Republican candidates and to educate the public on the failures of the Obama administration. Mr. Trump appears on Fox and Friends on Monday mornings and devotes much of his time to media interviews in order to promote a Free Market, the importance of a strong family, a culture of Life, a strong military and our country’s sacred obligation to take care of our veterans and their families.”

But that can’t be all that’s getting him so much early support.

And he does have his conservative doubters. Conservative Cal Thomas wrote this about Trump in TownHall.com yesterday: “Rarely and perhaps not in modern times has a presidential campaign more resembled the classic 1957 film, ‘A Face in the Crowd.'” It’s not a flattering comparison. A deeper analysis of campaign data in conservative National Review a few weeks ago concluded “that Trump will have a very hard time building on his current support in later races,” as the crowded GOP field narrows.

But Trump remains on top, and he’s already survived and even thrived on numerous pronouncements of his demise.

So what is it about Trump that has garnered him such strong support? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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  • Mike

    One reason and one reason only. He is not some panty waste, girlie-man, loser, weak fool like the repubs we have elected. They are so worthless, weak, confused, stupid, inept, and ridiculous that almost anyone but one of them will be a welcome relief. They don’t get it either, so you can ignorant to the list of these stupid, crazy, lame, buffoons.
    I have had it!!!!!!! Morons.

  • Dick Winningstad

    What Mike said. I am a Sen. Ted Cruz supporter and I think that sen, Cruz would do a better job. But Trump does a lot better job at expressing the frustration of the people with the business as usual attitude of the GOP.

    The same can be seen on the Dem side with the rise of Sen. Sanders. I don’t like Sen. Sanders and his socialist positions, but there are a lot of Dems also frustrated with the business as usual attitude of the Dems. The establishment portion of both parties are viewed by a lot of their party members as being more concerned about power than actually making the country work.

    • Tea Party Advocate Onus,

      OMEN: Hillary would not win in any kind of debate with Carly Fiorina, twit honor period recusal or not.
      Really HRC ought be cast out poste haste. Amen!
      “`That leafs heading for the Dems: Joe Biden or extreme’r socialists like Bernie Sanders and Auntie Maine into conventioneers assembly for lemming fallowing in their sway of ingesting Dem bray-all nuts, indeed off course, which appertains more nuts that Hazel has in academics.

      Hear Ye know: The Dem Animal Farm is on the block!
      Lo, don’t sell U.S. short to New World Order extremists using Iranian monkeys grinder cups to suborn our God Bless USA sovereignty!

      • ‘Hone’ Sweet Home, USA

        Translation: Send Dem left wing incumbents and pawn RINO’s packing out offshore.
        Restore Tea Party common sense to shore up the U.S. Constitution that’s benefitted right minded democracy in the modern era.

        • Eric Blair

          LOL.. and yet your translation is barely more comprehensible than you initial post.

          • Peon U vile donkey shame

            O U Evile Yorkshire Putin on the kibtitx. Beast you take the next drain out of US and set your assets beheaded toward an ISIStution for an upper Jurassic munch’m upon.

      • Eric Blair


        • .

          EB, unquestionably foreign to our Constitutionality.

          • Fool me once

            You aren’t the only one who reads and understands our constitution. I was willing to listen to CF until her latest pp idiot rankings. I can’t in good conscious vote for someone stuck in stupid. Might’ve well voted for Sarah ‘totally stupid ‘ Palin. Or heck, maybe the GOP is going to run G W Bush again. ‘Heck’ fooled me once…….

  • thevillageidiot

    He is the only candidate who is not inside the box. people are so tired of SOS that they are willing to put anybody in office who comes across different. We may get what we deserve in either DT or BS (Bernie Sanders). BS the initials work so well. He cannot deliver on the SOS he is serving

  • Lorene K

    Ted Cruz is my guy, but to answer the question, Why is Trump so popular?
    He’s LOUD! He’s PROUD to be Un-PC! He’s IN-YOUR-FACE!
    He expresses ALL the frustration real conservatives have been living with for nearly ten years; having been told by our RINO Party leaders to SIT DOWN, SHUT UP, AND DO WHAT YOU’RE TOLD! After WE elected THEM to push back against the leftist progressives, and THEY DO NOTHING, except bend over and bow down to Obama, and say WE CAN’T, WE’LL GET BLAMED, BOO HOO! And call us “wacko’s”.
    So, we’re just tired of do nothing, KNOW NOTHINGS!

    • David Johnson

      Exactly Lorene, Exactly ! ! ! !

      • .


    • Ron Swaren

      Total NYC, baby!!

      • Connie Kosuda

        NYC has nothing to do with this moron. he did it on his own / except for the inheritance, of course.

    • Connie Kosuda

      he’s vulgar / a sexist / a racist / and loud / not prez material, unless maybe in his “mind”.

      • Lorene K

        Actually, if you check the facts, he is not a sexist or a racist, but the liberal left will continue to make this claim… Facts have never been a stumbling block for their propaganda driven agenda…

        • Connie Kosuda

          poor Lorene / wrong on all counts / check the facts yourself / if you are able.

      • Hi There

        What a hateful person you are. Stop making comments full of lies.

        • Connie Kosuda

          not a lie there .

          • Hi There

            Liberal always lie.

      • Hi There

        liberal lies and hate

  • flattaxman

    Millions of Americans have
    no reservations as me about Donald Trump. My vote and everybody I know has
    confidence in the man who speaks his mind.
    My analysis of his character is that he just spills the truth of what
    has happened to the United States? He pulls no punches as the
    Bush’s and Clinton’s have to say. These
    Professionals standing behind their podium and staring down at the hidden
    teleprompter, following the words like
    credits on a movie screen. Mr. Trump
    caught my eye after an old Black friend
    of mine across the road, a Veteran from the Vietnam war told me to come over an
    watch Trumps commencement speech. The specifics of any given issue wasn’t
    there, but he had a lot to say and had the exceptional ability of captivating
    the crowd in the first debate. Everything Trump had to attribute to American
    Peoples issues, was what every American was thinking?

    Trump a formidable ally of
    the American people is going to be resented by both sides in Congress. The top
    hierarchy have tremendous influence, power and they don’t like their nest eggs
    disturbed. The elitists in the so-called Club of Growth doesn’t like the
    interruption in their special privileges that are afforded to the really

    I hadn’t heard anything from
    any other of the presidential candidates about assisting the soldiers who
    fought in the different wars. but Trump immediately gained my respect, when he
    stated that Congress was treating returning warriors as 3 class citizens and
    that was one of the major problems, he would change immediately. Going after
    dangerous criminal illegal aliens and gangs was another serious cause that had
    to be disinfected as with ‘Sanctuary Cities’? This was the first time that
    either my friend or myself could remember a Businessman tycoon who was willing
    to take on the Professional class in Washington who supposedly run our country
    for the American People.

    Since then I have watched
    Mr. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina who are
    limited in how to handle the illegal alien invasion–and that’s what it is–an
    invasion. As they are still crossing the Southern Border and a large number of
    them are carting drugs, more poverty and even diseases that haven’t been so
    prevalent for years. The US Border
    Patrol Council says that only 40 percent of overall enforcement is happening at the
    border. The fact is that we suffering from an insidious Administration headed
    by Obama. This President has refused to stop the illegal alien incursion with
    even more impoverished, uneducated foreigners. Its commencement began with
    Obama revisiting the Rule of Law, and signing numerous executive orders,
    condemning American people to an even larger the price tag.

    In his opening oratory Trump
    said he is going to build a wall; later saying that wall, that nobody could
    easily climb over, a physical deterrent as could be seen between Palestine and Israel. From what I have seen of
    his impressive, magnificent buildings in Manhattan I have
    no doubt he can build a structure to hold back illegal nationals? King Obama
    has done nothing to secure America. Senator Ted Cruz has
    illustrated that he has a mutual agreement with Trump about the monstrous
    issues that confront the Citizens and permanent residents equally each day. He
    has stood alone against both parties and
    Congress and has no yielded to bad bills.

    Trumps greatest asset,
    unlike the rest of the crowd that will appear today he has turned away the
    pestering assemblage of lobbyists, that work for the mega corporations and
    manufacturing. All want their share of the giant profits cheap labor and future
    votes bring? That is something the Professional class of politicians or even
    Ben, Carly and those who will be standing on the stage have to rely on for
    their campaigns. Trump is spending his own money; the Special Interests have
    already tried to buy his favors, but they sent on their way and out of luck? When
    you are a billionaire you don’t have your hands tied behind your back and have
    to be extra careful who you might offend?

    I pity the career politician
    who makes a personal attack on Trump. He has been out in the world and knows
    how to reciprocate any insults.

    None of the nominees today
    are willing to have an answer of the illegal alien intrusion on our society. But
    that is not the only demanding issue facing our great nation. In most cases its
    a path to citizenship after being vetted. Which it was anything like the first
    Amnesty, we are in big trouble. American people must decide if we are going to
    be a dumping ground, for any poor person who wants to settle here? Mr. Trump no
    need to confront the Anchor baby law. Instead revise the E-Verify law and amend
    it so its no longer a choice? If E-Verify is Mandatory and every employer must
    take part, then states as California overloaded with illegal
    aliens will be forced to serve the US citizens and honest lawful
    immigrants. Every employer who is found culpable for hiring illegal aliens or already
    in the workforce must face harsh punishments, and multiple felonies would send
    you to prison.

    This is the key problem for
    our country. Places as Southern California are overwhelmed with people
    who have violated our borders; within the County some places are no indifferent
    from a third world country. This is why there must be an emphasis on Birthright
    Citizenship and the term ‘Anchor Babies’? The other in the race for grabbing
    the White house are far from eager to speak out on the subject. But Trump has
    from the start sent a fusillade through the airwaves about this shunned
    subject. Its cost with the illegal alien invasion is over $113 billion dollars
    a year, minus what taxes some foreign nationals pay. But it cannot make up for
    this unspeakable cost to taxpayers or the 40 billion in dollars, that leaves
    the country in remittances to other countries. This is money no longer
    circulated in America; this is just the tip of
    the problematic iceberg, that remains unseen just lurking below the fiscal
    surface? Do you realize their is so much fraud with child tax credits for
    illegal aliens, that the 4.7 billion dollars would pay for the Donald Trump
    wall and decorate it with concertina razor wire.

    All that money could
    strengthen our military that Obama is decimating, cutting back to prior World
    War 2 levels. Our national Security is at risk with our 3 armed forces falling
    behind of China and Russia. At first Mr. Trump was
    limited to give in depth understanding of the Domestic and Foreign consequences
    of our dampened down Security at the border, not knowing who was coming in?
    Today its more important than ever with the crazy butchering ISIS terrorist waiting for a gap
    in our national security. I see just this few troubling issues, that can be
    resolved and as Trump sates, “Make the World Respect us again”.

    Now that Trump is well on
    the way to becoming President, I see him becoming less on the offensive and
    displaying signs of becoming more placid. He will become a perfect statesman
    for our nation, with a business shrewdness, tough authority to renegotiate all the poorly assigned free
    trade agreements treaties, specifically with Mexico, China and Japan. A more benevolent tax system where everybody
    is equal with an fair assessment of taxes for the wealthy, corporations and
    businesses. Since the Beginning of the Obama administration America has been falling into
    financial ruin, with the disbursement of citizen monetary benefits to foreign
    parasites, who see US citizens as a free provider for their families and
    relatives using CHAIN MIGRATION.

  • David Johnson

    Dick Winningstad’s comment nailed it.
    Trump is saying he will fix the things that are going wrong with the U.S. none of the other candidates will even mention the problems. If the Republican party puts in their regular type candidate we (the U.S.) will lose again. The people don’t necessarily like Trump but they damn sure like what he is saying. Whether he would or will back it or not is another story.

    • Eric Blair

      Some do. Do you think they like the parts where he, hmmm. seems to channel his inner 14 year old? What does Carly Fiornna’s looks, or Rand Pau’ls for that matter, have to do with being President? There are many that seem to think that speaking your mind is a good thing, and in general I’d agree with that sentiment. But, what if the thought that is being expressed is juvenile and immature? It’s good to know what Trump is thinking, but is it good that he’s thinking it?

      I can’t help but believe that many of the people who support Trump are really more interested in having a circus side-show.

      • Dick Winningstad

        Perhaps Ms. Fiornna and Sen Paul should not have commented on Trump’s looks first.

      • Dick Winningstad

        If you do not pay attention to Mr. Trump and only follow what the media reports, then your opinion of Mr. Trump is shaped in the manner you describe.

        • Eric Blair

          LOL.. and when you assume based on very thin gruel…

          • kernal of truth

            Erick Blair vaunting to appear on box of cerebrals. twit a box of Weenies of half fast Post champions.

          • Eric Blair


          • Dick Winningstad

            Just based on your recent comments.

          • Eric Blair

            And we’re back to pretty thin gruel.

          • Dick Winningstad

            Show otherwise then. Your comments reflect the MSM very closely.

      • .

        Whap a load of Bernie nee Slappers!

  • Ardbeg

    Stupidest question ever! Why do people slow down at the scene of an accident? You get my point?

  • David from Mill City

    Is Donald Trump really doing well, or are there too many other candidates doing poorly? There are two ways to look at Trump’s lead, 30% of the Republican voters support him, or from the other side 70% of the voters are opposed to his nomination. But because that 70% is divided up between 14 other candidates he is in the lead. Thanks to there being too much money in the campaign, we are liable not going to see a sizable reduction in the number of candidates. Since most all of the primaries are winner take all, it looks right now the Republican Nominee for President will be the
    candidate with the largest minority. And currently that candidate is

    And given there is a limited amount of free air time available to the candidates and as the press insists on reporting the campaign as a horse race rather the a contest of ideas, Trump as the current leader will continue to get a majority of the coverage. The coverage the rest gets depends on where the rank at any given time. In a pre-Citizens United campaign a shortage of money would have forced the candidates with the lowest support to be forced out of the race. But in this day of limitless money, most of the top tier candidates have enough money to stay in.

    Which brings us to to Trump’s other big advantage, he is spending his own money. Everyone else is either spending someone else’s money or even worse is getting his or her support from a Superpac that they do not directly control. Which means their platform must be one that their backers find acceptable, which may not be one that appeals to the rank and file of the party. Were Trump not in the race this would not be a problem as most of the big money backers seem to want much the same thing and the rank and file would be forced to choose between candidates with similar platforms. But he is in the race, and he can say what he wants, when he wants and to date that seems to be what, in a field of 15 candidates, a significant number of Republican voters support.

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