War of words escalates between Trump and Clinton

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/Willis Glassgow)

Washington, D.C. (MEDIA GENERAL) – During a rally in Michigan on Monday night, GOP front runner Donald Trump stepped up his attacks against likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The attack is a preview of what a general election matchup could look like between the two New York-based politicians.

Mania in Michigan

In a prime-time address to his supports in Grand Rapids, Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats, the media and the Obama administration. The tirade, which was carried live on CNN and attended by an estimated 6,000 supporters, was a preview of what the next six weeks could be like heading into the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire Primary.

“She was favored to win and she got schlonged, she lost,” Trump said during the rally in a reference to Clinton’s 2008 run against Barack Obama. Mr. Trump added fuel to the political debate by mocking Clinton’s bathroom break during Saturday’s Democratic Presidential debate in New Hampshire. During the televised debate, Clinton was delayed returning to the podium when the debate resumed after a commercial break.

“I thought she quit, I thought she gave up,” Trump joked.

New poll, same results

A Quinnipiac University poll, released on Tuesday, once again showed Trump with a lead over every other remaining GOP candidate but proves the race is tightening with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. The poll, taken from December 16-20, also provided a rare insight into people’s opinions of the Trump campaign.

GOP Presidential Standings
Quinnipiac University (Dec. 16-Dec. 20)

Trump: 28 percent
Cruz: 24 percent
Rubio: 12 percent
Carson: 10 percent
Christie: 6 percent
Bush: 4 percent

**margin of error: 4.6 percent**

The poll also showed in a potential disaster for the Trump campaign after people responded negatively to the idea of a Trump presidency.

“Half of American voters say they’d be embarrassed to have Donald Trump as their Commander in Chief and most Americans think he doesn’t have a good chance in November, but there he is still at the top of the Republican heap,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, in a news release.

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