(Reuters/Gary Cameron) Real-estate magnate Donald Trump has said some pretty controversial things since he announced in June that he was running for president.
The Republican candidate's comments on topics including Mexican immigrants and the military record of Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) have landed him in hot water with members of his own party.
Democrats, on the other hand, have been relishing how Trump has grabbed attention — and leads in numerous polls for the GOP nomination.
One former Democratic congressman has neatly summed up the real-estate mogul's effect on the 2016 race — and the Democratic sentiment about his run.
Speaking with Business Insider on Monday, former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) said, "I never thought that we Democrats would be as lucky as we are to have him running for president as a Republican."
Business Insider spoke with Frank on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the landmark financial-reform legislation, being signed into law.
Trump said during an event in Iowa over the weekend that McCain was "not a war hero." He promptly reversed course, saying McCain was a "war hero because he was captured." Most Republican candidates have condemned Trump's initial statement regarding McCain, who was captured and tortured during the Vietnam War.
But so far Trump has managed to remain at or near the top of polls, which could be damaging for the Republican Party. Republican leaders have already urged him to tone down his rhetoric. And the conservative-leaning Wall Street Journal editorial board is so fed up with him that it wrote a scathing takedown of the candidate on Monday.
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