Trump surrogate admits on live TV: 'He's going to have to prove that he's not Adolf Hitler'
KABC radio host John Phillips speaks to CNN (screen grab)

KABC radio host John Phillips, a surrogate for GOP front-runner Donald Trump, admitted to CNN on Monday that the billionaire would have to "prove that he's not Adolf Hitler" if he had any chance of winning a general election.

During a discussion on CNN's New Day, Ted Cruz supporter Steve Lonegan argued to CNN's Alisyn Camerota that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were "two sides of the same coin."

"They both support funding for Planned Parenthood," Lonegan said. "They both support universal health care funded by taxpayers."

"He's supports gun control for some more popular firearms and he supports big government," he continued. "I think Hillary Clinton is actually better on foreign policy than Donald Trump is."

But Phillips insisted that Clinton and Trump would have very different challenges in the general election.

"I don't think this is going to be an effective line of attack," Phillips said. "This is a matchup that's very dangerous to Hillary Clinton."

"If Donald Trump is going to win the general election, he's going to have to prove to the public that he's not Adolf Hitler, which is going to be easy for him to do," the surrogate explained. "If Hillary Clinton is going to win the nomination, she's going to have to prove that she's not Hillary Clinton. That's going to be much harder to do."

Watch the video below from CNN's New Day, broadcast May 2, 2016.