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In the past several weeks, our country moved forward with the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell and the bipartisan, overwhelming decision to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds in South Carolina.  At he same time, we’ve also witnessed the surprising surge of Donald Trump in the polls.  This is a phenomenon that, frankly, I don’t understand and, of which I have grown weary.  The mainstream media (in which I do not include FOX) appears enamored of the buffoonish Trump. The Donald expressed displeasure with Obergefell, first blaming Jeb Bush by saying that “[o]nce again the Bush appointed Supreme Court Justice John Roberts has let us down.  Jeb pushed him hard! Remember!”  He also found it impossible to square same-sex marriage with his own `belief in “traditional marriage.”  Now, there have been many people opposed to the holding in Obergefell but, so far, Trump is the only person I’ve seen who has blamed (or credited) Jeb Bush for it.

Mr. “Traditional Marriage” has been married three times and is the same guy who told us that his daughter had “a very nice figure” and if she wasn’t “my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”  Joking! Am I the only one who gets the creeps from this guy? Who feels in need of a shower after seeing him or even reading about him?

In the end, Trump is getting enormous attention because he’s held steady with about 17% To be sure, 17% may not sound like a dominant position in a primary, but Trump is not only leading the GOP pack, his 17% is stronger than the support for Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul combined .

As one commentator has emphasized:

But let’s not be too quick to dismiss the polls out of hand. Specifically when it comes to Trump, we’re learning something important about the Republican base in 2015 and the degree to which a clownish, embarrassing television personality can get ahead, not with a credible national platform, but with racially charged, xenophobic rhetoric.

I don’t think the “support” for Trump is any more than a temporary case of some people rubbernecking at a car wreck.  In the end, I think that whomever the American people elect they will see that there are myriad issues in need of close attention and that Know-Nothing bombast simply isn’t enough to address the complex problems facing America and the world.

-Karim

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