Republican strategist Elise Jordan identified President Donald Trump’s “political segregation” as a leading factor driving the revival of Democrats in Texas during a primary election day appearance with MSNBC’s Katy Tur.
“Voters in the lone star state are heading to polls for the first primaries of the much-anticipated 2018 midterm election,” Tur noted. “Nearly 50,000 more Democrats than Republicans voted early.”
“The question today is whether they’ll maintain that enthusiasm advantage or whether the numbers will end up narrowing,” Tur noted.
Tur played an clip of NBC News correspondent Vaughn Hillyard talking to a voter in Wimberley, Texas.
“What I think about the White House is it’s an extremely inexperienced White house and there is a complete lack of control,” the voter explained.
“Not all Republicans in Texas necessarily look at this White House in a fond way?” Hillyard asked.
“That’s correct, they don’t, they see that,” the voter answered. “It is almost out of control in some regards.”
“Jumping off from there and talking about the Republicans who might not be so happy about Donald Trump down in the lone star state, there were a lot of Republicans in 2016, moderate republicans who found Donald Trump to be abhorrent, but they still went and voted for him,” Tur noted. “Is the last year and a half, a little bit over year of the administration, going to … actually change their vote, instead of just make them say that they’re going to change their vote?”
“Considering what’s happening in Texas right now, consider that Donald Trump won Texas by about that same margin that he won in Ohio, single digits,” Foley explained. “He is not a beloved figure, necessarily, the way that a Republican normally would be in Texas.”
“I do not support political strategies that are based on segregation and that’s essentially what Donald Trump is pursuing right now, political segregation,” Foley noted. “And if we continue to try to politically segregate the vote with incendiary language that has been used towards different populations in the country, I think that that’s just not a viable long-term strategy.”