Republicans can't seem to get out of their own way, alienating women and minorities even at this late stage when the GOP is staring down massive deficits in the polls, Doug Heye wrote in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal.
The former communications director for the Republican National Committee took to task two Republicans whose disparaging statements late last week could further incentivize voters to the polls — for Democrats.
The two incidents:
- Rep. Brian Babin of Texas defended Donald Trump's "nasty woman" remark by saying "sometimes a lady needs to be told when she's being nasty."
- Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer saying Latinos in her state "don't get out and vote."
"Some minorities will hear these comments as incentive to vote against all Republicans," Heye wrote. "More broadly, this sort of rhetoric calcifies the thought that Republicans simply are not interested in minority voters.
"That could spell doom for the GOP not just in 2016 but in years to come as well."
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