A.B. Stoddard: Trump's Divorce From The GOP Will Absolutely Hurt His Numbers


RCP columnist A.B. Stoddard weighs in on the consequences of the Trump campaign's latest feud with House Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republican establishment.

A.B. STODDARD, RCP: He's fighting the primary campaign; he loves to fight the primary campaign, it is what he always reverts to when he's not Teleprompter Trump under Kellyanne Conway's strict rules.

He's now off the teleprompter and 'out of his shackles' and in nothing-left-to-lose mode.

This is a man with a pitiful presence on the ground, in terms of what 2016 national presidential political campaign mechanics are supposed to look like. Terrible anecdotes from around the battlegrounds where there is just not enough of an operation.

If you are going to disconnect yourself and divorce yourself from the party that way, it really makes a material difference, precinct by precinct, county by county, with enthusiasm, resources, whether of not your name is included in the call sheet when they make the call, when they knock on the door, when they give the speech about concilman so-and-so. Is Donald Trump being promoted by the party? If he disconnects from the party, it is between one and I don't know how many percentage points, but it absolutely makes a difference. He's just on his own now.

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