What Donald Trump Is Teaching the GOP About Authenticity

His appeal stems from his willingness to criticize his own party's priorities, not just Democrats', unlike pols such as Scott Walker.

Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker eats a pork chop while touring the Iowa State Fair on August 17, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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My colleague John McCormick dives into the latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll today to examine the reason for Donald Trump’s powerful appeal: he’s been able “to sell himself as the straight-talker most candidates aspire to be,” which has landed him squarely in first place.

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