The Trump campaign receives a lot of free press, from print publication like this article to constant television coverage. He is one of the few presidential candidates in history who is regularly allowed to make phone calls to large TV networks like CNN without having to actually show up for an interview.
He’s a media juggernaut, raking in close to $2 billion in free advertising this primary cycle so far, and there doesn’t seem to be a clear end in sight.
Nothing seems to bring Trump down, from his comments about individuals of the Muslim faith to his attitude in general, but it’s all fun and games until voters on both sides are beginning to realize he may actually come out on top as the Republican nominee at the Republic National Convention in July.
Party establishment Republicans and Democrats have begun pulling all the stops to end Trump, from negative PAC ads focused on his various negative comments on women throughout the years to his proposed immigration policies.
The problem with this establishment carpet bomb of negative press has hurt Trump, but it doesn’t seem to really being taking a major toll on his campaign, his blistering rhetoric and the movement by big money groups like the Our Principles PAC seems to only encourage his supporters.
You’ve heard that last sentence a thousand times in the news and it still stands true, but the last week of March and first week of April have done some serious damage to the Trump campaign.
On March 30, on an MSNBC town hall hosted by MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews, Trump was asked for his specific position on the issue of abortion rights and responded that women who seek out abortions should receive “some type of punishment.” This was meant across with non-partisan outrage as key party figures from both sides of the aisle condemned his rhetoric, with opponents Kasich and Cruz both disagreeing with his views.
Trump recanted his statement, but it hasn’t been enough in this case and seems to have alienated women voters to an extent that hasn’t yet been seen for Trump this cycle. According to a Quinnipiac poll, Trump receives only 27 percent support of women with an April 1 poll from gallup.com showing that 7 in 10 women have an unfavorable view of Trump.
The poll also states that “Trump’s gender gap is larger than any other major candidates.”
Clearly, some of Trump’s viewpoints have been rubbing women the wrong way and may have sent potential Trump supporters right into the camps of Kasich or Cruz.