Over the last few days, we’ve been reporting on the controversy surrounding the comments Donald Trump made about Mexico during his campaign announcement last week.
In his speech, Trump slammed the U.S.’s relationship with Mexico, saying it has become a huge problem. He also said that too many criminals are coming into this country illegally from Mexico, and called many of them “rapists.”
Outraged by his comments, the Spanish-language television station Univision immediately announced that they would not be broadcasting Trump’s Miss Universe pageant this summer. Days later, NBC followed suit by ending their relationship with Trump, which they had built for over a decade.
On Tuesday, the hosts of the Miss USA competition both abruptly quit, leaving the July 12 pageant without a host. Mexico also dropped out of the Miss Universe pageant as a boycott of Trump and his comments.
Despite all of this backlash, Trump scored a major victory on Wednesday when it was revealed that he is currently polling in second place among GOP voters. A CNN poll found that Trump is currently polling at 12% among Republican voters, just seven points behind frontrunner Jeb Bush. According to Mediaite, this is a whopping nine point boost from where Trump was a month ago.
In addition, Trump scored well among Republicans when they were asked who could best handle both the economy and immigration.
Ben Carson and Rand Paul split third place in this poll, scoring 8% each, and Mario Rubio came in fifth.
This is amazing news for Trump, who has had trouble garnering the support of the GOP establishment. Many high-up in the Republican party saw his campaign announcement as a publicity stunt, and they wanted to distance themselves from him as much as possible. However, perhaps the fact that Trump has stuck by his controversial views despite the backlash has earned him some much-needed support in the Republican party.
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