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Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt: Trump like "a stage-four cancer," the GOP "a plane flying into a mountain" if it nominates him

The only way to save the GOP is to change the nominating rules at the convention and select another candidate


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Scott Eric Kaufman
June 8, 2016 6:12PM (UTC)

To say that Hugh Hewitt is no longer a fan of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would be a grave understatement. Last night, the conservative talk show host appeared on MSNBC and compared the Trump campaign to "a plane flying into a mountain."

By this morning, his metaphor had metastasized -- in that allowing the Trump campaign to continue "is like ignoring stage-four cancer -- you can't do that! You have to attack it!" Hewitt again compared the previous 72 hours of the campaign to a doomed flight "headed towards the mountain," before listing off prominent Republicans who agree with him, including Lindsey Graham and Mark Kirk.

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What is driving Hewitt to mix his metaphors? According to him, Trump's "gotten race wrong three times with his down the Trump tower speech on Mexican illegal immigrants being rapists, with the David Duke KKK comment, and then with the worst 72 hours of his campaign in over the last three days."

Hewitt further noted that even though his victory speech was read directly off a teleprompter, it "wasn't just tin-eared, it was cobalt eared at the end when he said, 'We will take care of our African-Americans.' I actually cringed when I heard that."

"I think every Republican that is on the ballot across the country is wondering, 'Do I get my resume better? Do I start calling around and finding a job?"

On this morning's radio show, he noted that "I want to support the nominee of the party, but I think the party ought to change the nominee -- because we’re going to get killed with this nominee." On Twitter, he strongly suggested the GOP simply change its nominating rules at the convention and and select someone else as the Republican candidate:


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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