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Kristol: Trump 'Doomed' Despite Reassuring His Supporters

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By    |   Monday, 10 October 2016 07:43 PM

Donald Trump "reassured" and "ginned up" his supporters with his performance in Sunday night's second presidential debate, but he is still "doomed" without being about to expand his support and answer "doubts," neoconservative political pundit Bill Kristol told Newsmax TV on Monday.

"I don't believe he won any of the independent voters," the Weekly Standard founder told host Steve Malzberg on Newsmax's "The Steve Malzberg Show." "In that respect, I think he's getting close to being doomed. I just think he's not expanding his support at all. He's now gotten so much into the mud that independent voters are going to shy away from him.

"I think he's in deep trouble."

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When pressed on whether "the race is over," Kristol declined to stick a fork in the Republican's candidacy; in fact, he said, "I didn't vote early this year because I still want to see what will happen."

"I don't think it's over; I just think Trump shows no ability in the last six or eight weeks — at times he stabilized this campaign — but he's shown no ability to actually persuade independent voters, why he'd be a good president of the United States, people who aren't already for him," Kristol told Malzberg. "So, I think he's rallying with people who are on his side who voted in the primary. They're excited to have somebody stick it to the Clintons. . . .

"I'm very dubious. I'm not even saying this critically. I'm just saying analytically: I'm very dubious that independent voters — the voters that you need to get — are going to be mobilized. . . .

"Trump's problem is that people are doubtful that Donald Trump has the temperament and judgment to be president, and I don't think he's done much to answer those doubts."

Kristol, who is Never Clinton, told Malzberg he will be voting for Evan McMullin of Virginia — because "We'll have one conservative on the ballot" — and he rails on the weakness and ineffectiveness of the Republican Party down the ballot.

"The one thing I think Trump was right about was what wimps Republican leaders are," Kristol told Malzberg. "If you're against Trump, just say you're against Trump or say you can't support him. You're staying out of the presidential race.

"Do not say 'I support him but I'm not going to appear with him.' So Paul Ryan's current position — and I like Paul Ryan — Paul Ryan's current position is he will not appear with this man. You won't say anything in defense of this man, but we should all vote for this man. That's kind of incoherent, right?"

"If people can use their judgment, then they can make the case for a Republican Congress — regardless of whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president — but they're wrapping themselves around the axle so much and looking so weak."

"If you believe he shouldn't be president, say he shouldn't be president. The idea that you wait for the debate as if that's going to resolve anything is so pathetic."

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Donald Trump "reassured" and "ginned up his supporters with his performance in Sunday night's second presidential debate, but he is still "doomed" without being about to expand his support and answer "doubts," neoconservative political pundit Bill Kristol told Newsmax TV on Monday.
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