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Over the course of past few summer months, Donald Trump has been rising in the polls, despite his numerous insults targeting his Republican rivals. The bizarre thing is, the more insulting things Trump says the higher he is in the polls, which encourages him to act more aggressively.

While public political attacks during election season are nothing new, but Trump’s current front-runner status (with polls indicating 32% support lately) in the Republican primary is astounding, and any other political candidates who do the same thing would have severely damaged their candidacy.

It is of no doubt that the voters expressed support out of anti-establishment sentiment. The Trump phenomenon is by no means new. Early polls do not predict well who the eventual nominee would be. Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, and Newt Gingrich, were all at some point front runners during the 2012 Republican primary season.[1] To state the obvious, none of them became the nominee for the Republican primary. Mitt Romney did. Therefore, it is safe to say that somebody else, other than Trump, will eventually emerge to become the Republican nominee for President..

What should the other 15 candidates do to stop Trump’s momentum? I believe the candidates are not effective when taking on Trump alone, and Trump loves to return more insults when being attacked. This cycle of theatrical performance by Trump has made his popularity soar even higher.

I believe it will more effective for the other 10 candidates (perhaps Ted Cruz excluded, who forged a good relationship with Trump), to pummel Trump together during the next Republican presidential debate on September 16. It will be a good opportunity for all the candidates to question Trump’s record on conservative principles on a public stage, his history of supporting democratic candidates’ campaigns, his insults targeting women and minorities, his level of understanding on domestic and foreign policy issues, to name a few.

To restore sanity to the Republican primary and to bring to an end to Trump’s ridiculous support in the polls, a political alliance of the other Republican presidential candidates is necessary to counter and challenge Trump on where he stands. And more practically, a weakened Trump in the polls will benefit not only all other candidates, but also helps to shift the focus back to substantive policy issues that need to be addressed.

Eight years of Obama presidency is enough, we do not need Trump to divert the attention from what need to be addressed. This Trump circus must stop, and the 15 Republican candidates can do something about it, together.

[1] For a list of polls for the 2012 primary season for the Republican Party presidential nomination, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationwide_opinion_polling_for_the_Republican_Party_2012_presidential_primaries

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