by Geraldo Rivera | Jul 10, 2015
The Donald is surfing a wave of newfound popularity as he rides the nation's anger and frustration over illegal immigration to the front of the GOP pack. His performance so far is shocking to many establishment pundits, but should not be to readers of this reporter's notebook. What I've discovered during the quality time the tycoon and I have spent together on and off the air is that he is extremely competent and confident. He is a force of nature and his enduring success in real estate and television is no accident.
His challenge now is to harness his initial voter appeal with specific proposals to fix what he thinks ails the nation. But anger and frustration over criminal aliens will not long sustain a campaign for president. At some point, facts will "trump" emotion. And the fact is that the vast majority of undocumented immigrants are otherwise law-abiding, hard working and the sort of folks America has long harnessed to make the nation great.
We need border control, but we also need compassion and common sense.