There was once a point where the idea of Donald Trump being a serious presidential candidate was considered laughable, but that time has apparently passed.
According to Rasmussen Reports, a public polling company, 57 percent of people who will probably vote Republican in 2016 now think Trump is likely to be the Republican presidential nominee next year — another 25 percent of respondents said it’s very likely. Just two months ago, when Trump announced his candidacy, 27 percent of people said they thought a nomination would be likely and 9 percent said it would be very likely.
Despite the growing possibility of Trump receiving the Republican nomination, the prospect does not come without significant contention from within the GOP. Trump was famously, or infamously, uninvited from a major Republican event put on by RedState after he made comments about the blood flow of debate moderator Megyn Kelly, who openly questioned his behavior and attitude towards women.
His comments on immigration have also divided Republicans. Though many candidates have toughened their stance on the issue or outright advocated for changing the 14th Amendment, which deals with birthright citizenship, some believe Trump’s hard-line approach may alienate voters — possibly costing Republicans the election.
“Come on,” presidential candidate Jeb Bush said at the RedState event. “Give me a break. Do we want to win? Do we want to insult 53 percent of all voters? What Donald Trump said is wrong.”
Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive who is also running for president, has perhaps even less patience with Trump’s candidacy. “Mr. Trump: There. Is. No. Excuse,” she wrote on Twitter after he made his comments about Kelly, The New York Times reported.
Despite the controversy surrounding Trump, it’s indisputable that his demand to be taken seriously might actually be working.