The presidential race is "virtually over," and the only thing that can save Donald Trump's campaign is an "external intervention of some sort that changes the agenda," Ari Fleischer said Friday.
"What's happened that killed Donald Trump in this is he has made the race about himself," Fleischer said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show. "This was a change election. This race needed to be about Hillary Clinton and about policy, but everything now has made it about Donald Trump."
Trump is "extremely unpopular, and that's why he cannot get over this hump against the second most unpopular person in America," Fleischer said, referring to Clinton.
Meanwhile, the state of the Republican Party is "deeply split," and will stay like that for a while if Trump stays in politics rather than returning to Fifth Avenue and his empire, said Fleischer, former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush.
If Trump does leave, the party will "largely start to reset after some internal turmoil," Fleischer believes. But if Trump stays active, the party will remain split.
"Who will take over the Republican National Committee?" said Fleischer. "Will it be a Trump supporter?"
However, Fleischer said he still thinks Republicans will be able to hold the Senate and especially the House, as "Donald Trump is such an aberration, an independent running for president and not a classic Republican. It's not a wave election, even if he loses by five or six."
However, such divisions are a "healthy part" of living in a country with a "self-correcting democracy," said Fleischer.
"Republicans got their clocks cleaned with [Barry] Goldwater, and came back in a landslide four years later with [Richard] Nixon," he told the show. "Democrats lost the House in 2002. I remember David Gregory of NBC News did a stand up on the north lawn saying Democrats are in disarray. I was press secretary. I thought to myself, 'No they're not. They just lost an election.' This is America. You lose. You win. You come back."
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