The GOP has a Trump problem

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On June 16, the 2016 presidential race became a must-watch reality show. The Republican Party may not want to watch, though.

That was the day Donald Trump, businessman and billionaire, announced his intentions to run for president on the Republican ticket.

Trump didn’t hold back in his announcement speech, coming out swinging at a demographic that Republicans should actually be trying to attract.

In between boasts about himself, Trump said Mexico was to blame for the problems in America.

“They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists,” Trump said.

And with that, his campaign began. Despite the incredibly insensitive remarks, Trump has found himself as the top of GOP candidate in the polls.

That’s why the GOP should be worried. Donald Trump is in it for the long haul, and the longer he sticks in the race the more chances he has to make comments like he did on June 16, creating an unwanted buzz around the GOP. And the more chances he has to make comments like that, the worse the GOP looks.

Granted, we’re already talking about a party that does a good enough job on its own at making itself look silly, the last thing they (should) want is an uncontrollable pitbull foaming at the mouth for attention as the face of its party.

As for the 17 percent of voters who had Trump as their first choice Republican candidate, the businessman may seem like a good choice to boost the economy and lead the country to some sort of capitalistic utopia.

Maybe the diluted GOP field has led to the most known candidate rising to the top. After all, Trump’s name is plastered on just about every kind of product imaginable.

But that’s the GOP’s problem: Trump’s celebrity status (compared to the other GOP candidates) has and will get him supporters.

The Republican Party will have to hope that someone else, potentially Jeb Bush, can surpass Trump’s popularity. Because they likely don’t want someone who has proven himself to be at times uninformed on political issues and has admitted to bankruptcy and skirting bankruptcy laws.

Then there’s the previously mentioned uncontrollable aspect to Trump.

With the first GOP debate a little over two weeks away, Trump will be foaming at the mouth once again under the bright lights. As long as Trump stays toward the top of the polls, he’ll likely be invited to the debates.

Maybe GOP Chairman Reince Priebus can find his party a dog whisperer to control Trump, but Priebus will have to settle for second-best, though. Mexican-American Cesar Millan is probably out of the question.

There’s still over a year to go until Election Day. More than enough time for Trump to sink his own campaign with a highly publicized controversy.

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