Donald Trump has reached a level of success in his presidential campaign that only Trump himself could have predicted. And whereas some of his fellow candidates are quick to challenge his more outrageous viewpoints, others are taking a different tack, aligning themselves with the real-estate mogul — or at least paying lip service to his ideas.
In doing so, their goal seems to be siphoning away Republican voters who appreciate Trump's unapologetic style and Washington outsider status. Here is a look at how a handful of GOP candidates have adopted aspects of The Donald.
The Wisconsin governor wants to be the chosen outsider candidate: a self-proclaimed fighter who's established his cred far away from Washington and has taken on tough battles with enthusiasm. Instead of fighting Trump on that front, he's looking to snag some of Trump's appeal, ramping up his anti-Washington rhetoric and claiming some of Trump's immigration policies for himself.
The details of Trump's immigration plan — like building a wall and deporting, well, everyone — are attractive to a deeply angry swath of the American populace. And according to an interview Walker gave Monday on Fox and Friends, his plan for immigration is "very similar" to Trump's, though he said he hasn't "looked at all the details" that the mogul released. Walker said both candidates agree that "American working families and their wages" must be a priority. He also insisted that he'd outlined his own plan — which includes securing the border and "no amnesty" — well before Trump entered the presidential race.