Hardly any pundit expected Trump to win the Republican nomination when the brash businessman launched his campaign for the White House last summer. As the election cycle progressed, and the primary season kicked off, it became clear that they had wildly underestimated Trump’s appeal and ability to win voters. Analysts then claimed that Trump securing the nomination was insignificant, seeing that Hillary – the presumptive Democratic nominee – would crush him in the general election. Once again, however, they have been forced to take back their words, as several reputable national polls show Trump and Hillary within the margin of error of one another, indicating that Trump could very well win the general election in November. Needless to say, this has terrified many political leaders and pundits who understand the threat that Trump poses for this country. One leading pundit, Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal, claims that it is absolutely essential for Trump to lose in November, or else the GOP will never “learn its lesson.”
Speaking with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria this weekend, Stephens said that the Democratic nominee must absolutely crush Trump in the general election in order for the Republican Party and its constituents to never repeat the same mistake again. Stephens is an adamant critic of Trump, likening the candidate to Barack Obama, writing at one point that the two are both “epic narcissists who see themselves as singularly suited to redeem an America that is not only imperfect but fundamentally broken.” On Sunday, Stephens told Zakaria that he will “most certainly will not vote for Donald Trump” and promised to “make sure he is the biggest loser in presidential history,” so that the GOP does not repeat its mistake down the line.
“It’s important that Donald Trump and what he represents — this kind of ethnic quote ‘conservatism’ or populism — be so decisively rebuked that the Republican party, the Republican voters learn their lesson that they cannot nominate a man so manifestly unqualified to be president in any way, shape, or form,” said Stephens.
Do you agree that Trump must lose by epic proportions in order to cause any change within the GOP?