Pat Buchanan to GOP: Support Trump Now or Lose to Hillary
Buchanan, an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, told Newsmax TV the freak-out over Trump's proposal to temporarily bar all Muslims from entering the U.S. is misguided and will make the billionaire developer turn independent as his supporters flee the GOP.
And it will open the door to Clinton, the former secretary of state and Democratic presidential front-runner, to waltz into the Oval Office in the 2016 general election.
"Somebody's got to tell the Republican Party, look, everybody's advising you how you get rid of Trump, but you destroy him, you destroy his issues or you deny his issues and arguments, where do you think those people are going to go? They're going to stay home," Buchanan said on "Newsmax Prime" with J.D. Hayworth.
Trump’s call for a ban until the government shores up its vetting process to keep Middle Eastern terrorists from entering — as did a Pakistani woman who with her husband killed 14 in California last week — has been condemned by his presidential competitors and Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus.
Buchanan said the American establishment has become "unhinged" by their reaction to Trump’s idea.
"The establishment is unhinged. It is unhinged and the incredible overreaction – using terms like fascist and Nazi and Hitler and Mussolini to Trump's suggestion about a temporary moratorium on immigration from the Middle East until we find out how we can vet folks a lot better than we're doing right now," Buchanan said.
"Trump is a great threat to that establishment and they can sense it and you see it in the hysterical reaction, hysterical, to what Trump said."
Buchanan — author of "The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority," published by Crown Forum — added:
"This whole San Bernardino thing is really underscoring a point that basically was made by Donald Trump….
"He said, look, if we can't vet these folks coming in from the Islamic world, where all these wars are going on, Sunni versus Shia, al-Qaida, and ISIS, maybe we ought to have a moratorium, a temporary time out on mass immigration into the U.S. until we correct our system, or reduce the numbers coming in."
Buchanan said he made the same arguments for limits on entry into the U.S. when he ran for president in 1996 and 2000.
"I agree with that for many, many reasons. First, the United States basically does not have a need for millions more people. We do have a need for tighter and better security of those who are coming in," he told Hayworth.
Buchanan said that without solidarity the GOP is doomed to lose.
"I don't care who wins the nomination, but the Bush Republicans, if you will, and the Cruz Republicans and the Trump Republicans and all of them need to be up on that stage together supporting and endorsing that nominee," he said.
"If they do, they've got a good chance to win the election, but a house divided will not win this election in November of 2016."
Meanwhile, two new nationwide polls show Trump has kept his commanding lead over his Republican rivals and may be pulling away from the field.
A preview of a New York Times/CBS poll released Thursday morning shows Trump with the support of 35 percent of GOP primary voters, more than twice of his nearest rival Ted Cruz (16 percent).
More impressive is Trump’s overwhelming lead in a Zogby Analytics poll released on Wednesday in which Trump widened his national lead to 25 points.