Conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt believes Republican delegates should change the convention rules and nominate someone other than Donald Trump for president.
On his Wednesday morning show, Hewitt likened sticking with the presumptive GOP nominee to “ignoring Stage 4 cancer. You can’t do it, you gotta go attack it.”
“And right now the Republican Party is facing — the plane is headed towards the mountain after the last 72 hours,” he said.
The presidential candidate’s questioning of the impartiality of Judge Gonzalo Curiel to preside over the Trump University case because of his Mexican heritage appears to be what pushed Hewitt over the edge.
The former Reagan administration official noted that Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois withdrew his endorsement of Trump over the controversy, and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is urging others to follow suit.
“I think the party ought to change the nominee, because we’re going to get killed with this nominee,” said Hewitt. “I have never said that. I waited until after the primary was over. I stayed Switzerland to the end.”
The talk show host played a clip of comedian Stephen Colbert to introduce his radio show segment, during which The Late Show host joked, “It looks like the general election will come down to Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump, which is fitting, really, since she’ll be the first, you know, female nominee of her party, and he’ll be his party’s last nominee.”
“Get that America?” Hewitt said. “Our party’s last nominee.”
The talk show host offered a caveat to his call for the delegates to choose someone other than Trump. “They ought to get together and let the convention decide. And if Donald Trump pulls over a makeover in the next four to five weeks, great, they can keep him. It would be better if he had done so five weeks ago. “
CNN contributor and Conservative Review writer Amanda Carpenter has also called on the convention delegates to change the rules and not to nominate Trump. During an appearance on CNN on Tuesday, the former Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Jim DeMint staffer said:
Republicans have a nominating process. There is a reason we have delegates. It’s to prevent a disaster. And if people really believe that Donald Trump is going to be a disaster for the party, if they cannot stand by his comments, if they cannot support him, if they do not think that he supports our values, then you have to use the process set in place and not nominate him at the convention.
I think we need to start talking to delegate. We need to say, ‘What are you going to do’? It’s very simple. They don’t have to do this. They can not show up, they can rewrite the rules … If we’re really going to go down this road in saying he’s bad for the party, he’s saying racist things, then we shouldn’t nominate him.
Trump supporter Scottie Nell Hughes responded, “I can’t believe that I just heard that Amanda. We have gone through the process. … You’re sitting here actually saying to go against the will of the people. By the way, a lot of those delegates are still bound on that first vote, and Mr. Trump has those bound delegates to the count that he needs.”
We need an eject button. We do not have to nominate this guy. There is still time. https://t.co/hWtWtq1Lj2
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) June 7, 2016
“So to sit here and add to the idea that we’re splintered does not help the situation,” she added.
Carpenter countered, “Sure, it is a terrible situation. We should get out of it immediately, eject.”