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Former McCain Adviser: Trump 'Has Exposed The Intellectual Rot In The Republican Party'

Steve Schmidt was brutally honest and unforgiving as he declared this election over, and Hillary Clinton the winner.
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Republican operative and former campaign manager for John McCain's 2008 run Steve Schmidt was on the panel for Meet the Press, and he had no good words for Donald Trump, the Republican Party, or the pathway of this election as it affects Republicans.

"Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the 45th President of the United States. Chuck Schumer will be the Majority Leader of the United States Senate," he declared. "And the only question that's still up in the air is how close the Democrats will come to retaking the House Majority."

From there, it was a rant, one long past due. And remember, this comes from the guy who introduced Sarah Palin, another step on the slippery slope to Republican irrelevance.

"What this exposes, though, is much deeper and it goes to the Republican Party as an institution. This, this candidacy, the magnitude of its disgrace to the country is almost impossible, I think, to articulate."

"But it has exposed the intellectual rot in the Republican Party. It has exposed at a massive level the hypocrisy, the modern day money changers in the temple like Jerry Falwell Jr. "

"And so, this party, to go forward and to represent a conservative vision for America, has great soul searching to do. And what we've seen and the danger for all of these candidates is over the course of the last year, these, these candidates who have repeatedly put their party ahead of their country, denying what is so obviously clear to anybody who's watching about his complete and total manifest unfitness for this office."

For once, I was not sorry that Chuck Todd had to "leave it there."

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