In a front page editorial on Monday, the publisher of an influential conservative New Hampshire newspaper, the Union Leader, slammed Donald Trump's campaign for insulting the "intelligence of Republican voters."
"Trump can certainly be an entertaining character... But his public descent into bathroom humor and verbal bullying has been painful, and educational, to watch," publisher Joseph W. McQuaid wrote. He continues:
Trump has shown himself to be a crude blowhard with no clear political philosophy and no deeper understanding of the important and serious role of president of the United States than one of the goons he lets rough up protesters in his crowds.
He reminds us of the grownup bully "Biff" in the Back to the Future movie series. Lo and behold, the screenwriter says that he based Biff on Trump. On Feb. 9, we trust New Hampshire Republicans will send "Biff Trump" back to somewhere — anywhere but on the road to the most important elective office in the United States at a most crucial time for this nation. [New Hampshire Union Leader]
According to Real Clear Politics, for much of December, Trump averaged 26.5 percent support among New Hampshire Republican primary voters.