Megyn Kelly happily started off The Kelly File Wednesday evening by announcing that the final tally in the Wisconsin Republican primary race shows Ted Cruz with 48 percent of the vote and Donald Trump with 35 percent. She added that the total delegate count now stands at 743 for Trump and 517 for Ted Cruz.
Kelly then quoted Ted Cruz talking about his recent victory.
“Tonight is a turning point. It is a rallying cry. It is a call from the hard working men and women in Wisconsin to the people in America. As a result of the people in Wisconsin defying the media and defying the pundits, I am more and more convinced that our campaign is going to earn the 1237 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination.”
Megyn Kelly indicated that Trump supporters say his loss in Wisconsin is just a blip on the radar. She then had Ed Goas from The Tarrance Group speak about the results.
“Well, I think number one it’s a turning point because it does increase the likelihood that this is going to go into a contested convention. But I think more importantly, what we have been seeing in the numbers is that there has been a growing intensity among a third of the voters who are anti-Trump.”
Goas added that the anti-Trump intensity is now matching the pro-Trump enthusiasm. He noted that Trump is consistently under the 40 percent point. In Wisconsin, there was no gender gap in anti-Trump feelings, whereas this has usually been the case among women. Megyn Kelly then had Attorney David Wohl, a huge Trump supporter, on to talk about the rest of the upcoming votes.
“Well, Megyn, Florida was 46 percent. New York looks like it is over 50 percent as it is right now…,Megyn, I’m telling you right now the establishment endorsement for Ted Cruz will end up creating a huge problem for him.”
Wohl added that support from Jeb Bush, Lindsay Graham, and Scott Walker will look bad because they don’t represent the outsider status Ted Cruz supposedly represents.
Ed Goas argued with Wohl by indicating that 62 percent of the voters have not voted for Donald Trump and it has nothing to do with any conspiracy; it’s the lack of Trump’s appeal that is turning voters away. He discounted the fact that 52 percent of the voters in New York City are getting ready to vote for Trump, whereas 25 percent say they will vote for John Kasich, while only 17 percent will vote for Ted Cruz.
The anti-Donald Trump sentiments continued throughout The Kelly File on Wednesday evening. Megyn Kelly had PBS host Tavis Smiley on her show. According to The Hill, just one month ago, Smiley said that black voters could get on board with Trump. However, his interview on Megyn Kelly’s show Tuesday evening shows he definitely changed his tune.
Smiley said he understands people’s concern about not trusting our government. When referring to Trump, Smiley said he doesn’t think that someone who lacks humanity, civility, and integrity to move America in the right direction now is an option. Smiley condemned Trump’s anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim comments as turning back the clock on America.
Do you think Donald Trump is really losing his ground on the Republican nomination, or are his critics just celebrating some minor setbacks? Let us know in the comments section.
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