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Fox News' Brit Hume weeps for the GOP's "terrible dilemma": The RNC can't win without Trump's voters, can't win with Trump

It's not a mystery who's more responsible for the rise of Donald Trump, but they like to pretend it is


Scott Eric Kaufman
April 27, 2016 3:51PM (UTC)

The regret being felt by members of the Republican elite over the possibility of having Donald Trump represent their party in the general election is becoming increasingly palpable -- especially at the one institution as responsible as any other for the Trump phenomenon: Fox News.

After Trump swept the GOP primaries Tuesday night, Brit Hume lamented that the party is facing a "terrible dilemma" at the convention in Cleveland this summer.

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The Republican National Committee can "urge [delegates] one way or another," he began, "but my sense is they're going to do what they want to do, because they're going to be doing the same calculus everyone else has."

"Can they afford," Hume asked, "for enough of them not to go for Trump and risk alienating his voters?"

The RNC can't afford to do that, Hume suggested, because in the general election, "the Republican Party cannot win without his voters. The question is, 'Can they win with him as a candidate?'"

"And that," he concluded, "is the terrible dilemma facing the Republican Party."

Watch the entire segment below via Fox News.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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