Sheffield noted that in addition to third-party candidates drawing conservative votes from Donald Trump, forces within the Republican party could work to Hillary Clinton’s advantage as well: “We’ll see whether this Evan McMullin factor will have any impact on the race, and it could very well throw the race to Hillary, but there are a lot of Jeb [Bush] alumni who are coming out and saying, ‘I’m gonna back Hillary, and only vote for her, I’m gonna help fundraise for her.’ A lot of Republican establishment people are saying she’s at least a known quantity and she’s someone we could then, in four years, turn around and defeat.”
The trio also discussed Marcotte’s recent Salon piece urging journalists to resist viewing GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence as a normalizing influence on Trump. “He’s just kind of a prop to make Trump look more moderate than he is or more reasonable than he is, or more Republican, I would say, actually, of all those things,” Marcotte explained. “And I felt that that is an illusion and the media shouldn’t buy into it.”
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Cross-posted from Salon.
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