Judge Nap: 'Like Reagan, Trump Must Now Rebuild GOP in His Image'
Judge Andrew Napolitano and the Special Report All-Star Panel dissected the rift between establishment Republicans - like House Speaker Paul Ryan - and presumptive nominee Donald Trump.
"I think he’s going to have to build the Republican party in his own image and likeness," said Napolitano, pointing out that Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln had to do the same thing.
Napolitano explained that Ryan and others, such as Mitt Romney, may not want the party rebuilt in Trump's image.
The judge said he's not surprised by Ryan's public hesitancy to endorse Trump, questioning whether it could be a negotiating tactic to maintain some leverage.
But he pointed out that Ryan, the party's VP choice in 2012, might think that Hillary Clinton would actually be easier to "negotiate with, compromise with and deal with" than Trump.
Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post emphasized that Trump understood the anger of American voters, which "eluded" the Republican Party overall.
She recalled that Trump trademarked the phrase "Make America Great Again" less than a week after Romney lost to Obama in 2012.
"He saw it early and he knew what was gonna connect with the electorate," she said.
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