Democratic strategist James Carville said Aug. 26 that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is achieving a level of success that is new to the political world.
“He is dominating this conversation unlike anything I’ve ever seen, I guarantee you,” Carville said Wednesday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“It is something to see,” Carville added. “Everybody keeps saying, ‘oh, it’s going to go away.’ As of now, it seems to be sticking around a bit longer than anybody thought.”
Carville also commented on the dynamics of the Republican Party and the GOP electorate, with a significant portion of Republican primary voters overwhelmingly favoring Trump in many states. On the other hand, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus reportedly called Trump earlier in the summer to ask him to tone down his controversial rhetoric.
“Remember, you know, the Republican Party is maybe 40 percent of the country. Let’s just say a third of the Republican Party is enamored with Trump that can put substantial damage into the political system of the country. You’re seeing that in a lot of other guys on the Republican side who are sort of being blanked out, if you will,” Carville said.
There has been a consensus in the political atmosphere that Trump’s straight talk and controversial comments have taken the spotlight off of other potentially strong rivals, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Carville echoed that sentiment and added that the large pool of Republican presidential contenders may not be the best thing for the GOP.
“I think the Republicans are much more divided than we are,” he said. “The major difference between Trump and John Kasich is much broader than any differences with the Democratic Party."
Carville also commented on his former boss, Hillary Clinton’s current troubles, defending her reputation following revelations about her use of a personal e-mail server while U.S. Secretary of State.
“I would say it is constant non-scandal after non-scandal,” Carville said. "People have pointed out, at the end of the day, that there is nothing here either. But we’re going to have to, you know, beat our gums out about it for a little bit longer before the thing goes away like everything else.”
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