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Bill Bennett: GOP Establishment Have 'Closed Their Minds' to Trump

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By    |   Wednesday, 20 Apr 2016 09:54 PM

Republican establishment figures have "closed their minds" to Donald Trump, though he has a good chance of becoming president of the United States, says former education secretary and drug czar William Bennett.

"They want anybody besides Trump," Bennett said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File." "They need to think, too, this may be the nominee of their party. They could step up a little bit. They could try to make an effort to talk to Donald Trump."

Although Trump has been critical of the party over its nominating process, Bennett suggested that they "take the high road," just as "Kelly File" host Megyn Kelly did recently in meeting Trump at his Manhattan high rise even after he has repeatedly insulted her publicly.

"These guys weren't hurt, insulted, put down by Donald Trump, as you were," Bennett said.

"You went over there to see him, which I think was impressive, if I might say, because this guy is important. … this guy may be the president of the United States. So people have closed their minds on this and closed the door."

That's a mistake, Bennett said, because party leaders should be considering why Trump is resonating with so many voters.

"And if it's not Trump, is there a big enough group inside the Republican Party, inside the Republican faithful, to win an election?" he asked.

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