Brazile: ‘Reality’ is Trump ‘leader of a mass movement that continues to grow’

Former Democratic Party Chairwoman Donna Brazile predicted on Sunday that former President Trump will have an easy path to becoming the Republican presidential nominee, saying there is a “gap in enthusiasm” between Trump and his main rival. “It's big,” he added.

The former president scored a landslide victory in the Iowa caucuses and hopes to repeat that success in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, where former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has gained in the polls.

“Winning 98 of the 99 counties in Iowa means we have momentum,” Brazil said Sunday on ABC's “This Week.” “No matter how many convictions he has, no matter how many court appearances he has, his voters will support him.”

“Donald Trump is the leader of a growing populist movement in this country,” she continued. “Now we all have to face the reality that this is a movement. This candidate is not fundamentally a standard bearer for the Republican Party. He is leading a movement.”

Trump posted solid turnout in last week's Iowa caucuses, even as the Hawkeye State's bitter cold and snowstorm subsided. Those factors make it difficult for Haley to upset Trump in New Hampshire and ultimately defeat him in the primary, Brazil said.

“You know, it's really hard to see the path she's going to take right now,” she said. “People say they disrespect Nikki Haley. And she often comes from behind and surprises people. And she's done it in this race. She's done it in the past. But… Her window here is closing more and more.”

Brazile pointed out that New Hampshire is not representative of the average Republican in other states, and the former South Carolina governor's strength against college-educated, wealthy Republicans could lead to underperformance in future primaries. I expected there to be.

“So even if she did well, [in New Hampshire], for her it still seems like a distant goal, ”said Brazil. “And that’s just the reality on the ground.”

Polls in the Granite State show Trump leading Haley by about 11 points, according to Hill/Decision Desk headquarters. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who came in second after Haley in Iowa, has only about 6% support in New Hampshire, according to polls.

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