Kristol: ‘Nominating Donald Trump Elects Hillary Clinton’
KRISTOL: "The reason Donald Trump, at the very end of your interview, raised out of nowhere this thing, I can beat Hillary Clinton, is because I think it’s beginning to hurt him among Republican primary voters. On February 1st, the day of Iowa, Trump trailed Clinton in a bunch of polls, if you averaged them, by about 3 points. Now he trails by 11 points. What’s happened in those two months to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and Donald Trump’s campaign? The voters — voters who matter, that is, except Trump’s base of 38 percent or so of the Republican electorate, the voters you need to win a general election, are not being won over by Donald Trump, they’re being alienated and turned off by Donald Trump. He’s probably hurting the other Republicans a little bit now. But even in the average right now, Ted Cruz loses to Hillary Clinton by 3 or 4 points. That’s at least a competitive race. John Kasich does best against Hillary Clinton. So the gap between Trump and the — and the normal Republican running against Clinton is very great. And nominating Donald Trump elections Hillary Clinton. I really believe that."