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Christine Todd Whitman: Trump's Attacks on Clinton Could Backfire

(MSNBC/"Andrea Mitchell Reports")

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Jun 2016 02:52 PM

Donald Trump is a "master salesman" who has "tapped into the anger and frustration of the American people," and the charges he levied against Hillary Clinton in his speech on Wednesday could "well be turned back on him," former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, a frequent critic of the presumptive GOP nominee, said after his address.

"Actually in many ways, when you read the stories about how he has, in fact, almost making money off the campaign." Whitman, a Republican who served as Environmental Protection Agency administrator under President George W. Bush, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Wednesday.

"He is certainly not losing anything. You can turn these back on him and he's playing a game on the American people," she continued. "It's a very dangerous game. I think he's playing into people's fears. He's raising emotions that you just don't tamp down again very easily without any substance to back it up."

But there are not many Republicans in elective office willing to come out against Trump, she said, because they are afraid of losing their positions if they do not endorse a party member.

"We've now gotten to a point where partisan politics is more important than policy," said Whitman. "Maybe it's time we looked at term limits. Maybe it's time we took this more seriously, that we, the American voter, actually used our ballot box ability to impose term limits on those that are unwilling to do it."

Because once a job is what a person has, "that's what you care about, that's all you care about, and then you get very scared about doing anything that's going to cause any kind of problem around that, and you're not willing to stand up," Whitman said.

And that means lawmakers who are "not willing to stand up to the party, not willing to stand up to some of the big donors who are behind Donald Trump, although I don't think many of them are going to be that anxious to fund him himself which seems to be what's happening, he and the children and all his businesses," said Whitman.

She admitted that it is easier for her now that she's out of office, but there would "probably" be repercussions against her business if Trump is elected.

"I expect that," Whitman said. "Fortunately, I have very strong partners who feel very strongly that what's right for the nation is right for the nation. Sometimes you just have to stand up and say those things."

Whitman runs the Whitman Strategy Group, an energy lobby organization, a government relations consulting firm that specializes in environmental and energy issues.

Earlier this year, she said that if Trump is nominated as her party's choice, she'll vote for Hillary Clinton for president.

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