So how is the multi-billionaire doing better than real political entities (individuals who have held office beforehand) such as former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, and Former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee (both currently with single digit approval ratings)?
Clinton is believed to have emails that contain classified information (particularly nationwide defense information) pass through her own private email server. Clinton states that she never received nor sent emails that were marked classified, but the scandal was serious enough to warrant a private investigation by the FBI.
Trump isn’t the only one in the race who lacks a political background; Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, is also starting to rise in popularity—second only to the real-estate mogul in a recent Iowa poll. When the two leading Republican candidates both lack a career in politics, one can safely say that the rest of the competition has to kick into a higher gear to secure the Republican nomination.
For people actually trying to follow other candidates, they have to rely on online websites, such as Reddit or NPR (National Public Radio), because the national spotlight is focused on the most controversial news happening at the time.
Keeping up with all the candidates is important, especially for high schoolers who will have their first opportunity to vote during the presidential election next year. For those who will vote, mainstream media is not the best way to form an opinion on a candidate, as a candidate’s policies and ideals tend to fall through the cracks of the news machine.
When push comes to shove and the Republican and Democratic parties have to pick a candidate, who knows what the outcome will be. The presidential race is in an early stage, but if the extensive media coverage and sensational headlines continue, we might be seeing anti-Trump campaigns endorsed by Hillary Clinton in every commercial break this time next year.