The Daily Donald: What McCain backlash? Trump still riding high as he continues to run wild

Trump continues to lead the GOP pack as he takes his circus act to the border

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published July 22, 2015 1:53PM (EDT)

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

Donald Trump plans to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border tomorrow, guaranteeing yet another full week of media dominance by the Republican presidential candidate during this summer of Trump.

Here are the latest developments in the Trump Show:

McCain comments aren't hurting Trump's dominance 

Trump supporters don't seem to care about his recent comments belittling Sen. John McCain's military service despite all of the hubbub the diss has caused among other Republican presidential candidates. According to a new Morning Consult poll, Trump leads his closest Republican rival by seven points, with 22 percent of the vote to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's 15 percent. As the pollsters note, Trump's support did not decline in the two days after his comments:

There is no evidence that Trump’s numbers have slumped after comments he made questioning Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) war record. Though most of the rest of the Republican field — and even the Republican National Committee — loudly criticized Trump after he made the comments on Saturday morning at an event in Iowa, voters interviewed afterward weren’t any less likely to say they support him.

Trump heads to the border 

Donald Trump will tour the U.S.-Mexico border for with a group of U.S. border patrol agents on Thursday afternoon. Trump will travel to Laredo, Texas at the invitation of a local chapter of the National Border Patrol Council. According to CNN, this will be Trump's fourth visit to the border.

Rupert Murdoch's never been a fan of Trump 

A new New York Times article illustrates the long simmering feud between Trump and conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, whom the Times reports "is no fan of Donald J. Trump’s bombastic business style and demeanor," citing friends of Murdoch who said that the media mogul was "turned off by Mr. Trump’s glitziness and braggadocio"

After noting that Trump had previously called Murdoch “one of the great geniuses in television history,” the Times ticks through the two businessmen's 25 year relationship (described as "cordial" by a Fox News spokesperson) before its' suddenly rapid demise.

According to the Times, the Murdoch-owned NY Post "broke its own record for front-page stories on a single topic in the 1990s with its coverage of Mr. Trump’s affair with Marla Maples and his split with Ivana Trump." And Trump has been a longtime regular on Fox News, including a weekly appearance on Fox & Friends. The Times explained that Trump's daughter Ivanka is close friends with Murdoch's ex-wife, detailing how Ivanka Trump and her husband "double-dated and vacationed on Mr. Murdoch’s 184-foot yacht" before the Murdoch's 2013 divorce.

Trump and Murdoch had a private lunch last month in New York prior to Trump's announcement but as the Times notes, " Trump has not reached out to arrange a meeting with Mr. Murdoch, as a number of other Republican candidates have."

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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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