MSNBC and NBC host Chuck Todd argued Friday morning that unless Donald Trump performs better in Sunday’s upcoming presidential debate, the Republican Party itself could publicly fracture.
“I think if you’re Donald Trump, any normalized debate is going to at least stop Clinton’s momentum a little bit,” Todd said on MSNBC.
“But listen to the subtle signals that Congressional Republicans were sending yesterday, a few blind quotes here and there. If Donald Trump doesn’t have a good night on Sunday and it’s similar to the first debate, then you may start seeing the down-ballot exodus in some form,” he warned.
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“Is it just candidates proactively running away, whatever it is,” he continued. “You now have the sense that Trump – and we’ve been here before with him — one of these do-or-die moments with the Republican Party.”
“If it’s a debate performance like the first night, it may be unrecoverable,” Todd said, “and you may see the party publicly split.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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