5 things I learned by spending four hours in The Donald Trump Experience

How is Donald Trump still leading in national polls? How has he surged so quickly, and so contrary to the wisdom of pundits, in Iowa and New Hampshire?

One of the answers popped up in Iowa on Saturday morning. At 10 a.m., when the line started outside of Donald Trump’s “family picnic” in Oskaloosa, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) was locked in an argument with a voter in the Des Moines suburbs. As Donald Trump fans feasted on free barbecue, Christie grew so frustrated with a gun rights activist that he told him to “run for president” if he wanted a debate.

One hundred and twenty people were in the room to witness that. One thousand and three hundred people were in Oskaloosa for Trump. And Trump didn’t argue with his audience at all. He spent 56 freewheeling minutes attacking the Obama administration, Chinese trade practices, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), Hillary Clinton, the Des Moines Register (“a liberal rag”), Caroline Kennedy, companies that build factories in Mexico, and freed POW Bowe Bergdahl .

I was at that picnic. Here’s what I learned about the phenomenon that is Donald Trump….

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/07/27/5-things-i-learned-by-spending-four-hours-in-the-donald-trump-experience/

© 2015 Author Richard Skeet

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