"He's not that different from the other buffoons": Chris Hayes explores how Donald Trump is leading the polls

"All In" guest Sam Seder explains how Trump is playing to the base -- and making Jeb lean further to the right

Published July 21, 2015 2:26PM (EDT)

Donald Trump   (AP/Nati Harnik)
Donald Trump (AP/Nati Harnik)

It's not so much an enigma that Donald Trump is currently the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination -- but just because something can be explained doesn't mean it makes sense. That's essentially what Chris Hayes and his guest, "Majority Report" host Sam Seder, concluded on Monday's edition of "All In," determining that Trump might just be in the lead because he's ahead of a group of morons.

"Essentially it's like you're allowing Donald Trump to anchor your debate," Hayes said of Trump's ascendancy. "You're essentially allowing him to say, 'We're going to talk about this in these terms,' and then people can respond to it."

"One of the things that I think has been interesting about Donald Trump from the beginning is that there has been a complete misunderstanding as to why he was going to be so popular with the Republican base," Seder responded. "When you see Jeb Bush following Donald Trump... it's a fundamental misunderstanding of the Republican party, I think, when people dismiss Donald Trump as some type of buffoon.

"Yeah, he's a buffoon," he added, "but he's not that different from the other buffoons in the Republican party."

Watch Hayes and Seder talk Trump below:

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