Donald Trump's controversial rhetoric is winning him points in GOP presidential polls, but not with the Republican establishment or with many in the businesses community who have cut ties with him following his comments linking illegal immigrants to crime.
Experts were divided on Trump's impact and staying power on Thursday's edition of "The Hard Line" on Newsmax TV.
Republican strategist Ford O'Connell said Trump is "sucking all the oxygen out of the room." Even though he is right on some of the issues, including illegal immigration, trade and China, "being right doesn't win elections," O'Connell said.
Most voters have short attention spans, and the mainstream media are using Trump's outrageous statements as clickbait, O'Connell said.
"Every time Donald Trump's name is in a headline, guess what, it brings eyeballs," he said, "And, unfortunately, I got to win a presidency in 2016 because there's no way in hell that I can allow Obama's apprentice-in-chief, Hillary Clinton, to walk right back in the front door at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."