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WaPo Blogger: Trump Plans Nontraditional Candidacy 'Brilliantly'

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By    |   Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 04:31 PM

Donald Trump has "played" his nontraditional candidacy so "brilliantly" that conservatives may "give him a pass" on views that don't line up with their own, including Planned Parenthood, Washington Post political blogger Philip Bump tells Newsmax TV.

In a panel discussion Thursday with "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner, "The Fix" columnist says people see in Trump "something they don't see in the other candidates."

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"It's a sense of realism, a sense of energy that they don't get from standard politicians … and its actually to his advantage because a lot of the positions he has held over time are not strongly conservative positions," Bump said.

In an interview earlier this week on CNN, Trump said he wouldn't necessarily be against federal funding to the organization.

"When he says things like 'oh my feelings about Planned Parenthood aren't the same as traditional conservative views,' [conservative supporters are] more willing to give him a pass just because they're already invested in his candidacy," Bump said.

D.C. McAllister, senior contributor at The Federalist, argues, however, Trump's statement on Planned Parenthood "will be a misstep for some the more conservative of his supporters."

"But not for those candidates who are invested," she added. "Even when he says something like this about Planned Parenthood, they say 'well he's at least partially wanting to address the issue but he's willing to go after ISIS and he wants to make us stronger against China.' They look at the other issues as kind of balancing it out."

McAllister said it will be impossible for candidates to ever "copy" the Trump strategy.

"What they need to do, and this is very important, is they can't disrespect Donald Trump's supporters," she said. "Then all they need to do is go toe-to-toe with him and say 'yeah I understand your passion, I understand why you represent the American people and that you're an outsider like I am or like I want to be, but I have better ideas,' and just keep hitting him with those better ideas and those in their base will come around."

The real surprise in the race, she added, is retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who placed second in a poll of Iowa voters.

"He represents what we [in the tea party] stand for," she said. "He has America's trust. Donald Trump has it too, but in a different way his is more of 'hey, trust me,' like a salesman. Carson has a very authentic trustworthiness."

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