Boy, the establishment hates his guts. And he's polling so well that he's the front runner. These two issues are joined at the hip, as the bulk of the American people despise the establishment. Trump's candor and forthrightness (well, so far at least) cut through the clutter and resonates with regular people.
This analysis isn't anything new - you've heard it already. You've also heard that people like him because he fights - he doesn't back down, issue phony "sorry if anyone was offended" apologies. He's the 2015 version of Newt Gengrich.
Newt did the same thing - see how he instantly rejects the premise of the question? Notice that the audience cheers this rejection even before he has elaborated on his single word answer? Notice how when pressed, be unleashes a smackdown on his hapless questioner? See how the audience cheers, to the point that you have trouble hearing the moderator try to segue to a commercial break?
Trump does that. The other Republican candidates should be nervous about the first debate with Trump, because The Donald will basically ignore them and simply trash the establishment media moderators. The audience will love it.
Just like Newt did.
And just like Newt, he will have a metric ton of contradictory past statements that will leave everyone wondering if they can trust him. Me, I don't trust him - not at all.
But you know what? I'm getting a bunch of emails from smart people saying they like what they hear from him. And unlike Newt, Trump can fund his own campaign. He doesn't care that the panicked GOP establishment just dropped $120 Million into Jeb's coffers.
This is getting interesting. In a very end-of-the-Roman-Republic sort of way. Me, I'm getting some popcorn, because this is fixin' to get good. The circus is entertaining, and the bread is free.