Could Trump statements cause bigger problems for the GOP?

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Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, speaks during a rally coinciding with Pearl Harbor Day at Patriots Point aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Tampa, FL (WFLA) – He’s bombastic, unapologetic and polarizing. Donald Trump says what he wants, when he wants and where he wants. And he stands by it all, including his latest round of controversy, saying he would call for a ban on Muslims entering the country.

“This is causing a lot of heartburn and anxiety on the part of almost every Republican candidate,” said University of South Florida Political Analyst Dr. Susan MacManus. She is not surprised by what he said, but said now his words have a lot of republicans on edge.

“Because it’s not just about republicans. Somebody has to garner support to win the November election, it’s independents and people from the other party,” she said.

While some  members of the Grand Ole Party are calling on Trump to drop out of the race, Trump is actually defending his name. He told Barbara Walters in ABC he’s not a bigot.

“I’m probably the least bigoted person you’ll ever meet,” Trump said.

Because of what he says, people either love him or hate. A Downtown Tampa worker who identified himself as ‘Joe,’ said he’s “not a fan.” He added, “He’s just pretty radical in his thoughts and I don’t agree with it.”

Others however think Trump is spot on and  tends to say exactly what some people think.

“I think he speaks his mind. I think it resonates with the rest of the country,” said Michael Carrigan. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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