Longtime Republican communications strategist Liz Mair, an early leader in the #NeverTrump movement, appeared on CNN on Wednesday and told Anderson Cooper that Donald Trump’s main campaign message is to be a “loud-mouthed dick.”
— Liz Mair (@LizMair) August 4, 2016
After Anderson Cooper asked Mair whether she had any hope that GOP leaders would be able to “rein in” the bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor, Mair scoffed at the notion, in complete disbelief that anyone could still believe it was possible after a year of the Republican nominee repeatedly sticking his foot in his mouth.
Rather than getting and staying “on message,” as many in the Republican Party desire, Mair revealed what Trump’s only message is.
“His message is being a loud-mouthed dick, basically,” Mair told Cooper and the rest of the CNN panel (and national TV audience). “And going out there and offending people and then engaging in a bunch of airing of grievances. That’s what he does. He doesn’t have another message — he doesn’t have anything else that he really wants to convey,” she asserted.
Mair contended that Trump is going to continue to act as if he’s on a “suicide mission and aiming to take the rest of the party down with him.”
Mair, who has previously worked for candidates ranging from Rick Perry to Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul, recently formed a new group along with members of the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) called “Republicans for Johnson/Weld,” in order to support the Libertarian presidential ticket of former Republican governors Gary Johnson and William Weld.
Liz Mair briefly addressed the often-used “wasted vote” argument, a narrative that has kept a third-party from rising to prominence in American politics for decades. In this case, Trump supporters are arguing that a vote for a third-party, like the Libertarian ticket, is a vote for Hillary. Hillary Clinton supporters, of course, are arguing exactly the opposite, that a vote for Johnson is a vote for Trump.
“I’d say those people can’t do math and they need to go back to first grade,” Mair told Cooper. “They [Trump and Hillary] are both terrible, terrible people and I don’t want either of them to be president,” she stated.