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Howard Dean: Donald Trump Could Wrap Up GOP Nomination After the Florida Primary


Tuesday on MSNBC’s “All In,” former Democratic National Committee chairman said the Republican Party’s so-called establishment won’t stop it’s current front-runner Donald Trump from winning the party’s nomination, and therefore he predicted Trump would wrap up the nomination after the March 15 Florida primary, a winner-take-all contest.

Partial transcript as follows:

HAYES: So, there’s these reports will about all these conversations happening in quiet rooms with people, big donors, right? People that have influence, republican networks about what to do about trump. Is there anything they can do you, think?

DEAN: They could but they won’t. They could find one establishment candidate that they all could coalesce behind and that person might be able to beat Donald Trump, maybe. But then in order to do that, they’ve got to get a lot of people to give up their dreams and that’s not going to happen.

HAYES: Right, so right now one of the huge advantages he has – I mean, you have to keep in mind to yourself this is someone leading the pack with 28 person of the vote, 34 person of the vote. Right? It’s him against the field, right?

DEAN: Right.

HAYES: So, you’re saying if you could strong arm people into dropping out, if you could get that field down and coalesce, you think that’s probably the best shot?

DEAN: I think it is. But the problem is they’re probably going to let the voters do it for them as they usually do. And by that time, it may be too late. As I said before on this show, March 15, the first winner take all primary is Florida. That is where Donald Trump could wrap up the nomination.

Dean likened his 2004 candidacy for the Democratic Party’s nomination to somewhat of that of Trump’s, describing himself as an “insurrectionist.” But he added given the current politics, he believed a guy like Trump could win the GOP’s nomination.

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