Regardless of your opinion of him, Donald Trump has certainly been able to earn plenty of publicity. Yet to many people’s’ surprise, he’s just a stone’s throw away from securing the GOP nomination. For every outlandish thing he does or says, Trump seems to keep earning supporters. His most recent scandal comes in the form of his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who was charged with simple battery. If convicted of forcefully grabbing a female reporter at a campaign event earlier this month, the manager faces up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. Yet despite the hot water he’s putting himself in, Trump has chosen to defend his campaign manager.
Even before this decision, Trump had a tough week ahead of him as he races to gather support to win Wisconsin on April 5. He has less than four months to turn his campaign into one that can unify the GOP for the July convention, despite the fact that the established Republican Party has been fighting him tooth and nail. On Twitter, Trump said that Lewandowski did nothing wrong. While this is only the most recent of Trump’s many polarizing antics, these all add up, giving his Democratic opposition plenty of ammunition if Trump were to win the GOP nomination. The Republican establishment has therefore been backing Cruz.
Republicans trying to stop Trump have been spending weeks painting him as a demagogue whose refusal to speak out against the violence that characterizes his rallies would make him an unsuitable President. While he remains the front-runner for the GOP nomination, recent polling has suggested that this might be changing; a Bloomberg Politics national poll from earlier this month has showed that 68 percent of Americans view him unfavorably, up 25 points from a year ago. The vast majority of Republicans think Cru has a better temperament for being President, and nearly two thirds think he better embodies their moral values.
The only primary contest for the next three weeks is in Wisconsin, where his anti-Muslim, anti-Mexican and anti-Megyn Kelly rhetoric hasn’t struck as much of a chord as it once did. On Monday, influential conservative radio host Charlie Sykes called him out for not being civil or decent. Polls have shown Cruz and Trump neck-and-neck in the state. Trump has so far won 736 delegates to Cruz’s 463, but the eventual nominee needs to capture 1,237. With 943 delegates still up for grabs, it doesn’t look at good for Cruz, but Trump certainly isn’t out of the woods yet.
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