Polling continues to show a surge for anti-establishment candidates with Donald Trump holding a commanding lead in the GOP primary. Some experts are amazed at the billionaire's ability to completely flip previously unfavorable ratings to favorable, all largely without relying on paid media. As The Wall Street Journal pointed out, Donald Trump dominated Sunday news shows last week without even appearing on any program.
Trump leads too with Evangelicals, with Jeremiah Johnson "prophetically" calling him "God's trumpet to the American people."
As Trump rises in popularity and the polls, angst among GOP insiders grows. Supreme insiders like Washington Post columnist George Will are not amused with Trump's rise and are quick to predict doom for Republicans. more >>
Democratic presidential candidates Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders believe that the Democratic party leadership has created a debate schedule that is "rigged" to help Democratic frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton win the party's nomination.
While making a speech at the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in Minneapolis last Friday, O'Malley, the 52-year-old former Maryland governor and former Baltimore mayor, lambasted party leadership in front of DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., for scheduling "four debates and four debates only" before the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 1 of next year.
Although the DNC has scheduled six official debates total during the 2016 primary election season, the same amount that the party scheduled in 2004 and 2008, the party has cracked down on unofficial debates. According to the Wall Street Journal, there were 10 unofficial Democratic debates before the Iowa Caucuses in 2008, but the 2016 Democratic candidates have yet to participate in a single debate. more >>
New polling shows Donald Trump continuing to surge among the Republican field. His strong showing among Evangelicals is a surprise to some and annoyance to others. As a matter of fact, he currently leads among conservative Christians.
"I love the Evangelicals," said Trump, but there are doubters.
A scathing op-ed in The New York Times on Trump and his Christian support concluded with this assessment: "I don't see someone interested in serving God, I see someone interested in being God." more >>
In a question and answer session in Dubuque, Iowa, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said, "I love the Bible. I'm a Protestant. I'm a Presbyterian. I went to Sunday school."
He went on to identify New York's Marble Collegiate Church as the place where his religious identity was formed under the teachings of Norman Vincent Peale. The famous author of The Power of Positive Thinking so captivated the young Trump that, Trump said, "you hated to leave church."
Peale was very much the Joel Osteen of his day, which may be why Trump sees his stock rising among a sector of American Evangelicalism. more >>
GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump was repeatedly asked in an interview to state his favorite Bible verse, since Trump had previously declared the Bible to be his favorite book, but declined each time and explained that it is "very personal" to him.
"I wouldn't want to get into it. Because to me, that's very personal," Trump said Wednesday on Bloomberg's "With All Due Respect."
He was asked again if there is any one particular verse that means a lot to him, to which he said: "The Bible means a lot to me, but I don't want to get into specifics." more >>
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who will take a lead role in a 50-state campaign to end taxpayer support for Planned Parenthood this week, spoke about America's "war on faith" to more than 2,500 Evangelicals and conservative voters at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa.
"There is a war on faith in America today, in our lifetime," the U.S. senator from Texas told the crowd, according to MSNBC. "Did we ever imagine that in the land of the free and home of the brave, we would be witnessing our government persecute its citizens for their faith?"
The threats to religious freedom of Christians have been growing, he said. "They have been growing for decades but never have the threats been greater to religious liberty than they are right here and now today," he added, speaking to the crowd at the Iowa Events Center Friday night. more >>