Add another to the chorus of conservative voices that loath Donald Trump.
Appearing on “Special Report” Thursday, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer took joy in the entrepreneur’s low poll ratings and “well deserved” marks among voters who say they would never vote for him. (RELATED: George Will: I Hope Trump Runs And Gets ‘Shellacked’ In GOP Primary)
According to a new Fox News poll, 59 percent of respondents say they “would never vote” for Trump, which tops all other candidates by at least 20 points. Following Trump are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (37 percent), who is backed up by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who both stand at 24 percent.
“You also have a poll of people saying who they will not vote for,” Krauthammer told host Bret Baier before they put it on the screen. “It’s a tremendously interesting poll. It is led by Donald Trump, with a deserved 59 percent.”
“You have to add deserved?” Baier asked.
“Well because I know I’m going to get — he is going to say how sad it is that I’m saying these things. But, you know, this is an open forum and we have free speech. He has a well deserved and I would say an impressive 59 percent.”
Krauthammer went on to discuss candidates he takes seriously, pointing to those at the bottom of the poll, especially Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
“That’s not the most interesting number. I think if you go down to the bottom you find [Dr. Ben] Carson, Rubio and Walker are the ones with the lowest rejection number. And that, I think, is the most important in a race this spread out with — it’s going to be 15 candidates at a minimum,” Krauthammer said. “The people who can show that they would be somebody’s second or third choice and they are not anathema, I think will be the key. So I think looking at who is ahead or who is the number one, they are all bunched between 12 percent and about 7 percent within the margin of error, so I’m not sure it tells you much. But it tells you a lot if you see who people will never support.”
The conservative commentator follows in the footsteps of fellow columnists George Will, Steve Hayes, and Jonah Goldberg — all of whom have received the wrath of Trump’s Twitter feed after speaking negatively or dismissively of Trump’s 2016 chances. (RELATED: Donald Trump Sticks It To Weekly Standard Writer And Suffers The Consequences)
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UPDATE: As TheDC predicted, The Donald is none too pleased by the criticism and went right to his Twitter page to make this clear: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/606670546202411008 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/606676628857581568 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/606706692814970881 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/606707307267751936