Radio host and Donald Trump supporter John Phillips told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota that, to win the general election against Hillary Clinton, all the Republican frontrunner needs to do is prove he’s not Adolf Hitler. Sounds easy enough, and strangely that’s exactly the way Phillips meant it.
Phillips was joined on the show by Steve Lonnegan, a Cruz supporter, who argued that Clinton and Trump hold very similar views:
‘What’s really stunning to me is the remarkable similarity between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. They both support universal health care funded by taxpayers. They both support taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. He supports Obama’s individual mandate. He supports more gun control on some very popular firearms.’
Lonnegan does, however, concede that Clinton is “probably better on foreign policy.”
Phillips, though, thinks that a Clinton-Trump matchup will be “very dangerous for Clinton” for a surprising reason:
‘If Donald Trump is going to win the general election, he’s going to have to prove to the public that he’s not Adolf Hitler, which is going to be easy for him to do. If Hillary Clinton is going to win the nomination, she’s going to have to prove that she’s not Hillary Clinton. That’s going to be much harder to do.’
Is this guy serious? It sure sounds like he is, and the point he’s making might be valid. Clinton certainly has plenty of detractors, but her favorability ratings among American voters come nowhere near the all-time lows Trump has earned for himself.
Forget that Trump’s support has bottomed out among women voters, Hispanic voters, and African-American voters. What Phillips suggests is that as long as Trump can prove during the general election that he’s not a genocidal racist, the election will be his. One might hope a candidate needs to do a good deal more than that to be elected to the nation’s highest office.
On its face, Phillips claim is ridiculous and not borne out by the numerous polls that suggest Clinton has an exceptional lead over Trump. But when did facts or quantifiable data ever stand in the way of a Trump supporter?
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