Pundits from every part of the political spectrum remain flummoxed by his success. But they've been looking at Trump as though he were an ordinary political candidate. It's actually not all that shocking that the reality TV show host and tabloid favorite raced to top of the Republican field in late July and stayed there.
To be fair, no other politician would last long were they to behave like Trump. The bombastic pronouncements, rude insults, and outrageous positions would result in a quick exit.
But not only has this behavior not hurt Trump, it's part of his winning formula.
That makes Trump a sensation - ideal for cable news channels hungry for ratings and sharing on social media.
In many ways, Trump really is in the right place at the right time to make his run for the White House.
Here's what I mean...
What's Behind the Donald Trump 2016 Election Campaign Success
One unusual aspect of the 2016 presidential election race is that it has very much been about "outsiders" - people with little or no elected experience, or who otherwise reject the political establishment.
In the Real Clear Politics poll average, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) CEO Carly Fiorina sit right behind Trump. On the Democratic side, nonconformist Bernie Sanders has gone from hopeless underdog to legitimate contender.
Trump rose to the top quickly because of his near-universal name recognition - the result of being in the public eye since the early 1980s.
About the Author
David Zeiler, Associate Editor for Money Morning at Money Map Press, has been a journalist for more than 35 years, including 18 spent at The Baltimore Sun. He has worked as a writer, editor, and page designer at different times in his career. He's interviewed a number of well-known personalities - ranging from punk rock icon Joey Ramone to Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Over the course of his journalistic career, Dave has covered many diverse subjects. Since arriving at Money Morning in 2011, he has focused primarily on technology. He's an expert on both Apple and cryptocurrencies. He started writing about Apple for The Sun in the mid-1990s, and had an Apple blog on The Sun's web site from 2007-2009. Dave's been writing about Bitcoin since 2011 - long before most people had even heard of it. He even mined it for a short time.
Dave has a BA in English and Mass Communications from Loyola University Maryland.