Trump skips grandson's brit ahead of WI primary

Ivanka Trump's third child named during brit on Sunday; GOP candidate skips event for campaigning, hoping to pull out surprise victory.

David Rosenberg ,

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

The Trump dynasty welcomed a new member on Sunday, with the brit of Donald Trump’s eighth grandchild.

The latest addition to the Trump family, Theodore James Kushner, was celebrated during an Orthodox Jewish ceremony on Sunday in Manhattan. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, converted to Judaism in 2009 when she married businessman Jared Kushner.

Trump himself did not attend the event, however, instead continuing a barnstorming campaign in the upcoming primary state of Wisconsin.

The Republican frontrunner is trailing badly in the Midwestern state, with FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver giving Texas Senator Ted Cruz a 95% chance of winning the primary.

The Wisconsin GOP primary is a winner-take-most state, and a strong showing by Cruz could earn him all of Wisconsin’s 42 delegates.

A poor showing by Trump would cap off a difficult month for his campaign.

In late March the Manhattan real estate mogul made a series of tweets attacking the appearance of his rival’s wife, Heidi Cruz, and threatened to “spill the beans” on her if a political action committee not affiliated with Cruz continued an ad campaign targeting Trump’s wife, Melania.

Then on March 30th, Trump managed to draw outrage from both pro-life and pro-choice voters when he told MSNBC host Chris Matthews he would “punish” women who sought illegal abortions.

Ahead of the April 5th Wisconsin primary, Trump’s narrow lead over Cruz evaporated. Prior to Trump’s remarks on Heidi Cruz and comments on abortion, Trump enjoyed a two-point lead in Wisconsin. According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, however, Cruz now averages a 6.8 point lead, and is widely anticipated to win the primary.

Trump’s recent comments have especially hurt him among women voters. A Gallup poll released on April 1st showed 70% of women had a negative view of Trump, compared to only 23% who had a favorable view, the lowest level since his campaign began in July 2015.

Even among Republican women Trump is struggling, with less than half (49%) having a favorable opinion of the GOP frontrunner.