He takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Insurgent outsider Donald Trump has once again survived everything that the establishment media can throw at him and has emerged relatively unscathed and still leading the pack. After three days of non-stop pounding over phantom comments he allegedly made about Fox News hostess Megyn Kelly having her period in the aftermath of the big Republican debate, the first reputable poll shows the Donald way out front of the competition. The party bosses, big time donors and media moguls have to be stunned that Trump - after having already survived the carpet bombing over the senile old fool John McCain that was to have done him in - has now come through the firestorm after another relentless media bombardment that would have destroyed lesser men.
The poll, conducted by Reuters/Ipsos has Trump still taking all of his competition for the Republican nomination to the woodshed by a large margin. Reuters reports on the failure to crush the most hated man in America in the story “Exclusive: Trump's Republican support holds strong post-debate - Reuters/Ipsos poll”:
Donald Trump continued to defy the laws of political gravity on Monday as a Reuters/Ipsos poll found the real estate mogul holding onto a wide lead among Republicans in the U.S. presidential race despite an acerbic debate and a feud with a female television anchor that have bolstered charges of sexism.
Trump led the party's 17-strong 2016 presidential field with the backing of 24 percent of Republican voters, unchanged from before Thursday's televised debate.
His closest rival, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, trails at 12 percent, down from 17 percent before the debate. No other candidate earned more than 8 percent in the online poll, conducted between the end of the debate and Sunday.
The reality television star has been under intense criticism for caustic comments about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly during and after the debate, and was disinvited from a weekend gathering of conservative activists in Georgia after he said Kelly, who helped moderate the debate, had "blood coming out of her wherever."
Trump has been a focus of controversy since June, when he entered the race for the Republican nomination in the November 2016 election.
Harsh comments about Mexican immigrants drew widespread condemnation and prompted some business partners to sever ties, while his feud with Arizona Senator John McCain, the party's 2008 presidential nominee, has angered many party officials.
But the drama has done little so far to dent Trump's appeal among less affluent, conservative-leaning voters who say his brash style is needed to shake up an overly cautious political system and that his vast wealth would help him resist corrupting influences.
"They want someone who's an outsider, who can upset the applecart," said Craig Robinson, a former political director of the Iowa Republican Party. "They're willing to deal with a less-than-perfect candidate if they believe it will actually change things in Washington."
HBO’s smarmy comedian Bill Maher may have had it right when during this weekend’s show he stated that “Fox tried to put a stake in him and I don’t think they did” and that he could go all the way. The Reuters/Ipsos poll follows an earlier one conducted by NBC/Survey Money and confirms that the establishment may be badly underestimating Trump. He had been wittily tabbed as "Teflon Don" by the punditry but that doesn't do him justice, he's more like the fucking Terminator.