Republican campaign consultant Ed Rollins said that the “Bush wing” of the GOP is gone and won’t be coming back anytime soon during a Tuesday interview on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”
Rollins, the co-chairman of the pro-Trump Great America PAC and formerly the national campaign director for Ronald Reagan’s 1984 presidential campaign, predicted Trump supporters will walk out on the Republican Party if GOP leaders refuse to listen to their voices.
“There were very significant players who didn’t get where the country was, and they underestimated the Trump support. They underestimated the message that was out there.”
“I think the Bush wing is definitely gone and obviously it’s not coming back in the short run,” Rollins told LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham. “There were very significant players who didn’t get where the country was, and they underestimated the Trump support. They underestimated the message that was out there.”
Saying that there will be no “automatic heir apparent” to the Republican Party if the divisive 2016 election ends with a Trump loss, Rollins expressed his concern over whether House Speaker Paul Ryan would “compromise our principles” and cooperate with Hillary Clinton to move her agenda forward.
“If that occurs, I think obviously there’s not going to be much left — it’s over,” Rollins said. “And I think we’ve become a congressional party as opposed to a presidential party. I think Trump jumped in front of that, took advantage of it, did a very effective job of communicating with the grassroots about the problems that they face. I don’t know if the Establishment Republicans will pick that up when this is all over.”
Ingraham agreed and bemoaned the fact that the Establishment Republicans seem to have learned nothing from Trump’s rise and the millions of voters who supported him.
“The Trump supporters are going to turn on the GOP unless the GOP recognizes the Trump supporters and starts doing what the people want,” Ingraham warned. “They’re gonna say, ‘You cooperate with Hillary on this stuff, we’re done and we’re gonna form the American Party. Or you get out of the party and we’re gonna run it ourselves.’ I mean, it’s just gonna happen. It’s going to be an ugly breakup, but unless Paul Ryan hits a light bulb on what’s going on, then, I just don’t see it all turning around.”
Ingraham also lamented how many Republican leaders have either staunchly refused to support their party’s nominee or have rescinded their half-hearted support when Trump became engulfed in scandal over the last few weeks.
“I’ve never seen more of these out-of-touch, mostly Bushy, Republicans — mostly. I’ve never seen people abandon their party. The Democrats never break ranks,” Ingraham said.
“People are going to remember this stuff and they are people who will wait for hours and hours and hours to hear Donald Trump speak. And the idea that those people are going to say, ‘Oh, yeah, I love the fact that you didn’t support him and you didn’t fan out all over the country like all these Democrat surrogates are doing to help him — oh, yeah, I was wrong, and you were right.’ I just don’t think they’re going to do that,” Ingraham said.
“I think people have a long memory when it comes to losing campaigns. And they might cast aside Trump — but they’re not going to cast aside a slightly more populist view of what conservatism should be because of this election cycle.”