Day 6

Donald Trump and the future of the GOP

Trump's controversial comments on Muslims have been roundly criticized by politicians across the political spectrum, but some polls show support from the Republican rank and file. What does Trump's rise mean for the future of the GOP?
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally. (Steve Nesius/AP)

After Trump announced his support for a ban on Muslims entering the US, he was roundly criticized by American politicians across the political spectrum. But according to a Bloomberg poll, his views had the support of many Republicans. For a look at what Trump's rise means for the Party, Brent spoke to two conservative political analysts. Sean Trende is a Senior Elections Analyst for Real Clear Politics and the author of "The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government Is Up for Grabs and Who Will Take It." He wrote about laying odds on the Republican field for RCP this week. Henry Olsen is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and he's the author of "The Four Faces of The Republican Party: The Fight for the 2016 Presidential Nomination." His article in the Atlantic this week is "The Polls May Be Underestimating Trump's Support."