With Donald Trump is riding high in several national poll, the Republican presidential candidate has a comfortable lead over the competition.
A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Monday shows the real estate mogul has nearly twice the support of Republican voters than his closet rivals Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
But, his competition in the GOP field, especially Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), have taken issue with Trump’s recent comments on Mexican immigrants and Sen. John McCain’s record as a “war hero.”
In an interview on CNN Monday, Graham didn’t mince words and told the message he would send to Trump.
“That he’s a jackass,” Graham told Kate Bolduan. “That he’s bringing his name down and he’s not helping the process and he shouldn’t be Commander in Chief.”
Under the radar, but could prove to be actually damaging for Trump, a scathing editorial from The Des Moines Register, the largest newspaper in Iowa. Every four years, the Hawkeye State becomes the center of the political universe for most presidential candidates; holding the first primary in the country.
“Trump has proven himself not only unfit to hold office, but unfit to stand on the same stage as his Republican opponents,” the editorial commented.
On Monday, Trump clarified his statement about Sen. McCain, telling CBS News’ Charlie Rose he isn’t attacking McCain’s heroism or service record as a war veteran.
“I’m attacking him as a senator because I think he’s done horribly in terms of immigration – illegal immigration – and I’m attacking him as a senator because of what’s happened with the vets because the vets are being treated so badly,” Trump said.
On Tuesday, Trump makes his way to Bluffton for an event at Magnolia Hall in Sun City. The event kicks off at 11 a.m.
A protest has been planned upon Trump’s arrival by “The Lowcountry Immigration Coalition” over controversial comments he made about Mexican immigrants last month.