Car-crash Donald leaves party down in Trumps
The last seven days have not been kind to Donald Trump the entrepreneur. It was a damaging week. He was dumped by two television networks, Macy's dropped his clothing line and Carlos Slim, the even richer Mexican tycoon, ended a joint venture with him.
But for Donald Trump the inveterate showman and Republican challenger for president, he's still climbing in the opinion polls and has dominated media coverage, despite the backlash against his decision to condemn Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug traffickers.
"Mexico is sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with them," he said. "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists." And then he added as an afterthought: "And some, I assume, are good people."
The property mogul, reality television star and beauty pageant owner may seem like a caricature and a political joke.
But the Republican hierarchy is not laughing as he rides an anti-establishment populist tide, shooting from the hip with his overheated rhetoric. They are concerned not because they think he has a chance of securing the nomination but because they fear he could influence the election by scarring the party's reputation.
"Donald Trump is like watching a roadside accident," Ari Fleischer, a former spokesman for George W Bush, said. "Everybody pulls over to see the mess. And Trump thinks that's entertainment. But running for president is serious. And the risk for the party is that he tarnishes everybody." (© Daily Telegraph London)