The Daily Donald: New poll shows Trump could screw the Republicans with independent bid

As Donald Trump surges into a commanding lead over the GOP field, he's still leaving other options open

Published July 21, 2015 1:36PM (EDT)

Donald Trump                      (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)
Donald Trump (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)

Donald Trump will campaign in South Carolina today, and supporters began lining up hours ahead of time in nearly 100 degree weather, eagerly waiting to see if the billionaire candidate will make any more outlandish statements.

Here are the latest developments in The Trump Show:

Trump expands lead in poll

Trump tops the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll with the support of 24 percent of respondents, nearly double the support garnered by his closest competition, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who had the support of 13 percent of Republicans respondents. The only other of the 16 Republican presidential candidates tested to receive double digit support is former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who received 12 percent support.

Even more notable than Trump's commanding lead is his impact on the rest of the GOP field. If Trump were to drop out of contention for the GOP nomination and run as an Independent, he would pull in 20 percent of the vote compared with Clinton's 46 percent and Bush's 30 percent.

Trump Twitter fail, again 

Trump is by far the most active presidential candidate on Twitter and often goes on retweeting binges in an attempt to amplify supporters. Well, it appears as though some on Twitter took advantage of Trump's egotistical habit and faked tweets of support. As the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza pointed out, that can be problematic:

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The tweet has still not been deleted:

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Just one week ago, Trump faced endless mockery after his campaign inadvertently retweeted an image featuring WWII reenactors dressed in Nazi soldier fatigues.

Rick Perry compares Trump to cancer

After calling on him to drop out of the race all together, former Texas Governor Rick Perry tweeted that Trump is becoming a "cancer" to conservatism. Perry, who has been polling outside the top ten in the most recent national polls, continues to keep his public feud with Trump going but has seen no corresponding bump in the polls:

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Iowa's Des Moines Register calls on Trump to drop of out 2016 race

In an op-ed titled, "Trump should pull the plug on his bloviating side show," the Des Moines Register editorial board blasted Trump as a "a self-absorbed, B-list celebrity" whose "unchecked ego" threatens the entire Republican nominating process:

He has become "the distraction with traction" — a feckless blowhard who can generate headlines, name recognition and polling numbers not by provoking thought, but by provoking outrage.

In just five weeks, he has polluted the political waters to such an extent that serious candidates who actually have the credentials to serve as president can't get their message across to voters. In fact, some of them can't even win a spot in one of the upcoming debates, since those slots are reserved for candidates leading in the polls.

Last week, just before he decided to go after McCain, Trump was at the top of at least one national poll. But being electable is not the same as being qualified, and Trump has proven himself not only unfit to hold office, but unfit to stand on the same stage as his Republican opponents.

The best way Donald Trump can serve his country is by apologizing to McCain and terminating this ill-conceived campaign.

In the latest poll of Republican voters in Iowa, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker finished first and Trump second.

Is That a Donald Trump Quote?

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By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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