Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s Friday rally in Chicago was cancelled after protesters turned out in huge numbers. The next day, a protester charged at a profusely sweating Trump during a rally in Dayton, Ohio. Trump later cited an easily debunked video to try and tie the man with ISIS. When he was confronted about the hoax video on Sunday, he said, “All I know is what’s on the internet.”
Throughout the weekend Trump falsely claimed the protests violate his First Amendment rights. He also said he’s considering paying the legal fees one of his supporters faces after he was charged with assault for sucker punching a black man at a Trump rally last weekend, despite the fact that the sucker-puncher, 78-year-old John McGraw, actually threatened to kill the man next time he sees him.
If you thought all that ugliness might have diminished Trump’s standing with Republican voters, a survey conducted over the weekend indicates you’re mistaken. A Monmouth University poll released today shows Trump’s support among Florida Republicans at 44 percent — a six point increase from last week, and 17 points ahead of second-place Marco Rubio. What’s more, twice as many respondents said what happened in Chicago and the way Trump handled the fallout makes them more likely to support him than those who said it makes them less likely.
From the poll:
In January, Trump made waves when he boasted, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, okay, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay?” Two months later it appears that statement wasn’t nearly as hyperbolic as it might have first seemed.