Donald Trump has spent much of the primary alienating the most conservative voters in the Republican Party, the relationship has grown so strained that recently Mr. Trump was even heard to say that he didn’t know if he wanted their votes.
“I am confident that I can unite much of it. Some of it, I don’t want. There were statements made about me that those people can go away and maybe come back in eight years after we serve two terms. Honestly, there are some people I really don’t want. I don’t think it’s necessary. People would be voting for me, they’re not voting for the party.”
While Trump says that he will try to unite “much” of the party, other conservative pundits aren’t so sure. On Monday, Fox News’ elder statesman, Brit Hume, argued that if Trump continues to alienate his conservative base, he has “no chance” at winning!
“The best way to look at this… is to look at the electoral map… Republicans start out in a very difficult, though not impossible position.
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If you are prepared to write off whole portions of your base –Donald Trump says it is the Republican Party and not the conservative party, and he is not wrong about that– But the Republican Party has been the conservative party for many election cycles now, and the vast base of the party is made up of conservatives. If he alienates them, or fails to appeal to them, I think he’s got no chance.”
However, Mr. Trump himself doubled down on not needing conservatives last weekend when he told ABC News:
“Does the party have to be together, does it have to be unified? I’m very different from anybody who’s perhaps ever run for office. I actually don’t think so.
I think it would be better if it were unified. I think there would be something good about it, but I don’t actually think it has to be unified.
I have to stay true to my principles also. And I’m a conservative, but don’t forget: This is called the ‘Republican Party,’ not the ‘conservative party.’
What do you think? Can Donald Trump win the election without first making conservatives feel more comfortable with his candidacy? Does he “NEED” conservatives to support him if he hopes to win the election? Or can he win even without their support?
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