Former President Donald Trump has an unprecedented lead as the primary season is about to begin.
The lead is particularly notable as he faces multiple Democratic-pushed legal challenges and hurdles designed to derail his presidential ambitions.
Some argue that Trump’s resilience and surge in the polls represent a general American dissatisfaction with left-leaning initiatives and believe Trump’s bull-in-a-china-shop approach is what’s needed to dismantle “wokeism” in America.
Others attribute Trump’s surge in the polls as evidence that most Americans believe the Biden administration’s Department of Justice has exercised profound political bias in dealing with the former president.
Trump has expertly hammered the DOJ and President Biden for alleged corrupt activities.
One political expert shared with the New York Post that Trump’s visit to East Palestine, Ohio, in February, soon after the derailment of a toxic train car, was a turning point that led to many Americans choosing to support Trump in his bid to regain the presidency.
In stark contrast to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg’s comments and President Biden’s refusal to visit the disaster site, Trump traveled to the small city at his own expense and brought with him medical and emergency supplies.
The supplies included Trump-branded bottled water.
Making matters worse for Biden, as local residents were pleading with federal agencies to do more, the White House argued that other federal agencies were addressing the issue and were “all hands on deck” due to the president’s leadership and coordination.
Last March, Biden promised to visit East Palestine “at some point” but has yet to do so.
The political expert told the Post: “That’s when we saw the first real move — was right after that.”
RealClearPolitics noted that Trump’s lead over GOP candidates has more than doubled since his Feb. 22 visit to East Palestine.
Trump looks to do well in the first GOP primary — to be held in Iowa on January 15. However, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has campaigned heavily in the state, and candidate Nikki Haley recently secured the endorsement of Iowa’s Republican governor.
Nevertheless, the Post noted that recent polling shows Trump at 51.3% in Iowa, with DeSantis at 18.6% and Haley at 16.1%.
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