WASHINGTON DC – Republican National Committee (RNC) chief strategist and communications director Sean Spicer says that Democrats might be heading to a contested convention while Republicans unify around Donald Trump.
“I would sit back and get some popcorn out. The Democratic convention in Philadelphia I think is going to be an absolute nightmare,” Spicer said on Breitbart News Sunday on SiriusXM Patriot 125. “Because these folks want real substantive change. They want Hillary to capitulate on a lot of items. And I think that while she has gotten enormously tugged to the left, she realizes that to go full socialist is a recipe for disaster.”
“Sanders is in this for the long haul. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t go all the way to the convention,” Spicer said. “I think it’s amazing and it really turns the political class on their head. Because they can’t understand why it’s the Republicans that have their act together.”
“You’ve got Bernie Sanders endorsing the first real substantive primary challenger that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has ever had. This guy raised a million dollars. This isn’t some gadfly. And then you look at the poll numbers” showing Trump leading Clinton nationally, Spicer continued. “It’s amazing to watch the collective media class that’s inside the Beltway go, ‘I just don’t understand this.’ The problem is that they don’t understand what’s going on in America right now.”
“People have had it with Hillary Clinton and the Clintons,” he said. “They’re frankly stale. People know what they’re getting.”
The Democratic race has hit its nastiest point yet. Bernie Sanders is fighting to try to revise the convention rules to prevent Clinton from being able to claim the nomination on the backs of un-elected superdelegates. Clinton so far has refused to negotiate on the issue of whether or not she will give up her superdelegates:
The RNC is clearly enjoying the friction to their left.
“You look at the poll numbers now, we have more solidification of our party,” Spicer said. “It is the Democrats who are divided. It’s the Sanders folks who are not only saying ‘I’ll stay home.’ But one in ten Sanders folks are saying ‘I’ll vote for Trump!’ And that’s amazing.”
“The rift is so wide that I don’t see it just coming together. As you point out, there is much more of a ‘Never Hillary.’ This is truly an ideological difference,” Spicer continued.
“I think the problem on the Republican side for a while, and it was settled in a matter of days, was it was personality-driven. Whereas on the Democratic side it is much more ideologically-driven. Bernie Sanders wants fundamental change in the Democratic Party. He wants to go to the extreme Left…For blue-dog Democrats, there is no way they will go that far left, that far socialist….When you have an ideological divide it is much harder to bridge that gap.”
Spicer made clear that the RNC plans to go at Hillary Clinton with everything they’ve got.
“We’ve scratched the surface. There’s so much there,” Spicer said of opposition research on Clinton.
“This year Donald Trump has made it very clear that we are going to be aggressive. We’re going to do what it takes to win. And that there’s too much at stake to leave anything off the field.”