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'I don't like Donald but I am supporting him for president,' says Trump supporter

As the U.S. Republican party anticipates the Super Tuesday caucuses and primaries, everyone has a theory about who is supporting Donald Trump and why they like him. Instead of talking about those supporters, The Current is speaking with them.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Feb. 26, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. Trump is campaigning in Texas, days ahead of the Super Tuesday primary. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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I don't care what he believes. All I care is that he behaves in a lawful way and he creates a better economy for everyone.- Trump supporter Carlo Maffatt, entrepreneur, immigrant from Mexico

The billionaire reality TV star turned Republican presidential nomination frontrunner Donald Trump is fraying nerves in establishment circles with his talk of temporarily banning Muslims from coming to the U.S. and mass deportations of illegal immigrants, among other things. 

Trump has been called a clown, a joke, and even a fascist. But a large number of Republican voters have made the bombastic presidential nominee the man to beat. 

What do you make of the Republican presidential nomination frontrunner Donald Trump? (Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)

As Super Tuesday is approaching and a number of U.S. states hold primaries and caucuses, The Current convened a panel of Trump supporters to explore the growing popularity of the untested populist politician.

  • Carlo Maffatt moved to the U.S. from his birthplace of Mexico in 1990. He's an entrepreneur and has done marketing work for political campaigns for both big U.S. parties, most recently Ted Cruz.
  • Lauren Martel is a lawyer who owns her own firm in Hilton Head, South Carolina . She's been a registered Republican for 30 years since she was 18.
  • Jeff Scrima calls himself a socially liberal, fiscally conservative Republican. He is the former mayor of Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Are you Donald Trump supporter? Do you find Trump's outsider status appealing?

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This segment was produced by The Current's Willow Smith, Sarah Grant, Karin Marley and Rana Sowdaey.

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