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Duffy, Commentator Wife Analyze Trump’s Campaign Surge

Wisconsin Hispanic Activist Says Part Of Trump's Message Resonates

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U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., said that he believes frustration with Republican leaders in Congress is fueling the popularity of presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Duffy said that many conservatives think more should be done to block President Barack Obama’s executive actions.

Duffy, who represents northern Wisconsin’s sprawling 7th Congressional District, said Trump is leading in the polls because he’s voicing the frustration of conservatives who think the president has overstepped his bounds and Republican congressional leaders haven’t done enough to stop him.

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“There are some people in the leadership positions that could be far more vocal on the abuses from this administration and they haven’t been,” he said. “And when you have a candidate who steps up and is boldly speaking and saying things that the conservative wing had wished that their leaders would say, they get behind him.”

Duffy said that Trump isn’t a real conservative and predicts that he won’t get the nomination.

Meanwhile, Duffy’s wife, Rachel Campos-Duffy, said she believes part of Trump’s message is resonating with the Hispanic community, and that most Hispanics are concerned about criminals crossing the border.

Campos-Duffy, an activist and commentator in her own right, said Trump is a “mixed bag,” and that some of his rhetoric alienates Hispanics. However, she said most Hispanics want better border security and want dangerous immigrants deported.

“Most Hispanics, whether they are U.S. citizens or immigrants, do not want to be lumped in with the felons who are coming across. I think that we should get rid of the felons, and those who are dangerous … because what it’s doing, is it’s tainting the good people who are coming up here, just to work, just for opportunity,” she said.

Campos-Duffy is the national spokesperson for the LIBRE Initiative, which has a goal of empowering Hispanics. She has appeared on Fox News and ABC’s “The View.” She has endorsed Gov. Scott Walker for president.