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It hurts to say it, but sometimes Donald Trump speaks the truth

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Donald Trump offends entire voting blocks at will, constantly gets his facts wrong, and most of his policy positions are either contradictory or insane. Yet, on some issues, he's also right.

His deliberate forays into xenophobia and arrogance on immigration and foreign policy certainly remain awful and ugly, but there's also another reason he continues to sit atop the Republican polls: he speaks a particular kind of truth about some issues the way only someone with no filter can. These days, his venom is particularly stinging to other Republicans, whom he has no problem attacking with a delightful abandon that is usually considered sacrilegious in inter-party primaries.

Or as Jon Stewart described it: "Trump has no control over the projectile vomit of dickishness that comes out of his mouth every time he opens it. It was inevitable that some of his word-puke was going to get on [Republicans]." And sometimes it's just fun to watch. You can despise the man and dread his presidency, but still enjoy the show.

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His criticism of "frontrunner" Jeb Bush -- who is really only the frontrunner in the minds of billionaires -- have been spot on, yet not something any of the other candidates would dare say for fear of denigrating the last two Republican presidents, Jeb's brother and father. Trump took credit for the record audience during the first GOP debate by remarking, "Who do you think they were watching? Jeb Bush?" He's right -- Bush is boring. And I don't mean boring in the technocratic, attention-to-details way. I mean he is mind-numbingly unoriginal and can't even express those unoriginal ideas in a politically adept manner.

Trump has not minced words on George W Bush's Iraq War, either, calling it the "disaster" that it was and is, and hammering Jeb for his stumbling defense of his brother's war and its decade-long aftermath.

And when Trump posted a mash-up video of the Bush family presidency on Instagram saying "Enough is enough -- no more Bushes!" he nailed it. (Granted, Trump's "solutions" for the second and third Iraq wars is beyond reckless and borderline sociopathic. For Isis, he prescribes re-invading Iraq and "stealing" all of their oil fields, and he claims "we should've invaded Mexico" instead of Iraq the first time.)

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