A new PPP poll out today confirms the startling findings of previous CNN and NBC/Wall Street Journal polls that twice-bankrupted, birther-obsessed reality TV star Donald Trump is currently leading the GOP presidential field. PPP found Trump with an astonishingly strong nine-point lead over his nearest competitor, Mike Huckabee.
Trump has so far made his way as a theoretical candidate while offering few policy positions, aside from a dogged focus on Obama’s birth certificate and a commitment to sticking it to China, Colombia, and Japan, which he claims are “screwing” America somehow. This problem is so severe, Trump nonsensically argued last night on Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show, that he could solve much of the country’s debt and deficit problems by simply being tougher on these countries. But Trump said he reluctantly agreed to make an exception for helping Japan after the tsunami, even though they treat Americans “like a bunch of dopes”:
TRUMP: No, it is. But we are losing so much money. Every country we deal with virtually we are losing money. When Japan had its horrible accident, they said to me, what do you think? I said, you know what? They’ve treated us like fools for many years. But still, we should help them. Aren’t I a nice guy?
HANNITY: You are a nice guy.
TRUMP: But they treated us like fools for years and years and years. They treated us like a bunch of dopes. But you know — [shrugs].
As the Smoking Gun reported earlier this week, despite claiming to be an “ardent philanthropist,” Trump may be the country’s “least charitable billionaire.” His foundation — to which World Wrestling Entertainment has donated more money than Trump himself — has given out just $3.7 million since 1990, “pitiful when compared to the philanthropy of other high-profile tycoons.”