Nate Silver, the founder and editor-in-chief of the data-journalism website FiveThirtyEight, told an audience at an event in New York on Wednesday he didn't think Trump would be the nominee because he was not conservative enough.
"I don't think that Donald Trump is very likely to win the nomination in part because he's not really a Republican," Silver told journalist Mo Rocca at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.
"He's very far to the right on immigration, but he also wants socialized medicine," Silver said. "He wants to tax the rich, right? There's an alternate reality in which he decided to run as a Democrat instead — he wouldn't have to change his policy positions all that much."
Silver goes on to say this:
"People haven't given [the candidates] more than two seconds' worth of attention ... Calm down — it's not a tennis match where you're going back and forth all the time," Silver said. "Keep calm."
Silver also claims that even if Trump were getting close to attracting enough votes to win the nomination that the GOP has ways to shut that whole thing down.
"The nomination party isn't purely democratic — it's also party's process to bestow," he said. "The fact that the Republican Party establishment hates Donald Trump isn't a very good thing — the party has to give you the nomination."
You know I think almost all of us realize that these are inarguable facts, perhaps even some of those currently supporting Trump, but it is still almost impossible to pull our eyes away from the Trump train wreck even though we all kinda know it is nothing more than a distraction.
Besides for a liberal, watching how Trump draws out the racists from the shadows is both enlightening and helpful in deciding how to describe the Republican party moving forward.