Strait Talk: Why Donald Trump's Surging in the Polls After Controversial Muslim Comment

ABC News contributors Matthew Dowd and LZ Granderson break down Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate.
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Transcript for Strait Talk: Why Donald Trump's Surging in the Polls After Controversial Muslim Comment
The big thing that happened since we've all talked. Was Donald Trump's proposal. To ban all Muslims. From coming in this country as he says temporarily until the government can figure out what they're doing which is upset many different people. The interest thinking to me about that is while he's been universities. Panned by both side is interesting he's actually created bipartisan and fifth. Agreement on this which we don't have that many many other things. Is is that a majority of his supporters. Are with him any and the majority of Republicans are with him nation there. Is getting more and more difficult for the establishment to say. He does not represent Republican values and views. You know early on when he was bashing only the Mexicans maybe you can say that Karen was true but now he's in some polls giving as much as 40% of the support. You can no longer ignore the fact that he's sitting on a part of your populace that agrees with the mainstream values but he has yet you need to address that. When you denounced it absolutely I think the interesting thing you get Darryl truck right now has this highest ceiling of any candidate. Yes the one he has the outer limit number the highest dollar limit number and he has the lowest floor and I mean the highest floor of anybody. And so if you're gonna say who with the main street from his fight the mainstream of the Republican Party right now leans weren't around terms direction than anything else. Right and when you looked at some of these the metrics that are done exactly what his support looks like. There why are typically male. And yes some color their sub color and I'd seen them. Yeah dollars audiences I think I want for a bargain in North America now I think there's probably that if there are some people there are the people of color to connect who do agree with this idea of you know. I don't want terrorists the company had hardly how do we really know that the Syrians have been improperly screened. Maybe this isn't fully a bad idea. He is Haiti on that fear that regardless of your demographic regardless of your your political background you sort of agree with that the problem is does that necessarily think. He's proposing something like that strictly because he believes in the safety of the country. Still lead but maybe I'm crazy that he really does not want this job that he whose book on earth establishment that no matter how exchange. His comments I think he won top outside his rhetoric has become he continues to build a coalition and that actually get him to turn off. I think he wants this job and I think I and I and it road thing today for the Wall Street Journal where I said that I thought he had the best I think GOP nomination I think he's two to one. Two to one that he gets the GOP nomination everybody else falls further dot net about that I think the big thing that down chop. He understands about a good chunk of the GOP voters and huge amount of his own voters is is that the country is in search. Of some strongly right. Because they're they're afraid in the world. They're afraid of their lives their they're frustrated domestically their frustrated or nationally they no longer receive the country is number one. They think we've lost a lot of our traditions and all those things which you can understand from their mindset. And they're looking for somebody who's the strongest possible leader in this. The problem I think is is that his bravado and capacity is opting being confused with strength but until somebody else stands up I in my view. At this debate we'll see if somebody can actually do it stand up and be as strong or stronger than him I think he's gonna continue to lead.

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