Joe Scarborough explains the appeal of Donald Trump, and how he could have more impact on the race than many might think.
"If he's on the debate stage and he turns to Scott Walker or Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush and hits them with something, not mean spirited, but searing and truthful that nobody else in polite political society would say, it can shape a race."
STEVE SCHMIDT: He is saying the things that millions of Americans shout at their television sets every night.
He is saying it with authenticity. He is a cultural icon in this country. He's a unique person. He's been in the public stage for four decades, now since the 1980s.
He has a very successful television show. He is a master showman. And there is a strain of populism that is in the Republican party. You hear Donald Trump talk about these issues, they're going to resonate with large section of the Republican base.
Let's say Marco Rubio is answering a question. Who are the people watching the debate going to want to hear from in the next question? They're going to want to hear from Scott Walker or an answer from Donald Trump?
He's endlessly entertaining. Endlessly fascinating. He has the potential to be very impactful in this race.
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JOE SCARBOROUGH: I'll tell you how he is dangerous, also. Everybody can say what they want to say, but if he focuses and does well, he can get a percentage that makes a difference.
That is how he's dangerous, and it hasn't been reported here -- and we're not picking on George Stephanopoulos.
But this is how he is dangerous to other candidates. He doesn't play by the rules.
George Stephanopoulos interviewed him. He started to ask him a question about Hillary Clinton and Donald cut him off. He said come on, should you really be asking me a question about Hillary Clinton? You're laughing. But I guarantee that you George liquefied when that went on.
"Should you really be asking me a question about Hillary Clinton right now? Is that really appropriate?" He answers the question. Come on, George. He said you shouldn't be doing that. Okay, fine that's a TV anchor, happens to us, no big deal.
But if he's on the debate stage and he turns to Scott Walker or Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush and hits them with something, not mean spirited, but searing and truthful that nobody else in polite political society would say, it can shape a race.
And so all these people saying that he's going to have no impact, they don't get it.