Pundits sniffing the post-debate air for the first delicate hint of a chill in the summer fervor that has greeted Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will find that, at least in one corner of the Internet, Trump is still the champion.
Trump’s comments Friday regarding Fox News host Megyn Kelly caused a stir that continues to be measured to determine if Trump’s reference to “blood” will cost him the leadership he has enjoyed in the polls.
Lynette Haraway and Rochelle Richardson, two African American women who host the new political YouTube show “The Viewers View,” made it very clear in a recent segment that they thought there was a cheap shot taken, but not by Trump.
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“[Donald Trump] don’t do nothin’ to nobody unless you try to do somethin’ to him,” they said, insisting that Trump was the victim of repeated attacks by Kelly in Thursday night’s debate. “Once you do somethin’ to him, he goin’ to go ahead and do somethin’ to you.”
“Low blow,” they said, after questioning Kelly’s fitness to serve as the host for a debate. “You hit below the belt, Kelly!”
Haraway and Richardson, whose YouTube page lists 5,703 subscribers, bristled at any suggestion Trump was in trouble.
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“Now they tryin’ to make it look like he lost the debates,” they said. “He the only one up there that has common sense. He is the only one up there on that stage with common sense. And listen, he’s going to be the next president, whether you like it, Megyn Kelly…or not!”
The pair’s continued loyalty to Trump reflected the fact that support for Trump has not faded to the extent his rivals might have hoped. An NBC News poll conducted Friday and Saturday found Trump holding his lead with 23 percent support among Republican primary voters. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was second at 13 percent. Ben Carson placed third with 11 percent supporting him.
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