Reality television performer and businessman Donald Trump has stirred up the presidential election with his campaign for the Republican nomination. Trump is leading the Republican field in most polls despite controversial comments about women, immigrants, and others, as well as a lack of political experience. Trump has become a hit with voters who are dissatisfied with establishment candidates, but are there larger implications for the future of the Republican Party? And can Trump’s populism rise out of a partisan primary process that tends to favor traditional candidates?
MPR News political editor Mike Mulcahy spoke Tuesday with two political experts about Trump’s appeal. Kyle Kondik: Managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, and Dr. Jason Johnson: Hiram College professor of political science.
Click here to listen to Jason Johnson on Minnesota Public Radio.