WASHINGTON, DC - First he said most undocumented immigrants are rapists, and that rocketed him to the top of the polls. Then he referred to some women as fat pigs, but he was still leading. Now the fallout continues after Donald Trump's call for a total ban of Muslims from entering the United States.
While the GOP front-runner has received a widespread condemnation for his comments from political leaders, it seems like the more outrageous his remarks are, the more his supporters like him.
"This suggestion is completely and totally inconsistent with American values," expressed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky).
But in some ways, Trump is setting the political agenda. On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed a bill aimed at imposing travel restrictions to those foreigners who have previously visited countries such as Syria or Iraq. Does this mean Trump's message resonates with the current state of the American public opinion?
"I think it's because he's provocative," said Houston resident Jerry Jean-Felix. "He likes to say what people are typically thinking, and he's not afraid."
The Republican establishment doesn't like Trump at all and wants him out of the race. But there's a risk he could form a third-party and deliver the presidency to the Democrats on a silver platter. Whether he's a fear-mongering demagogue, or an unabashed maverick who will lead America to new greatness, one thing is for sure: this reality TV star knows how to make headlines.