The GOP “Autopsy Report” called for a gentler approach to illegal immigrants for 2016. That’s not what they got.
After the 2012 presidential election, the top RNC members and advisors wrote up an autopsy report, called “Growth and Opportunity Project” on what went wrong in 2012 and what it would take to win in 2016. The report said they needed to make inroads with minorities – particularly Hispanics.
“We are not a policy committee, but among the steps Republicans take in the Hispanic community and beyond, we must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only,” the report concluded.
The report also included recommendations on how the party should handle conservative interest groups, and how the RNC should take more control of the debates and the primary process.
Seth McLaughlin, of The Washington Times, reports on the reactions of those who wrote the report, as Trump has turned it completely upside down. He kicked off his campaign by taking a strong stand against illegal immigration, and his campaign has completely taken control and changed the entire process.
“I suppose we will learn in November if our report was right or wrong,” said Ari Fleischer, former spokesman for President George W. Bush. He agreed that the votes in this year’s primary went the complete opposite way of their recommendations.
Sally Bradshaw, another report author and longtime advisor to Jeb Bush, said she will just write someone in this election – she refuses to support Mr. Trump.
Henry Barbour, another report co-author admitted that while Trump is not what they ordered, he has connected with Republican voters.
“I think Donald Trump can take his special direct style into nontraditional Republican neighborhoods — African-American, Asian-American — and talk to the people about how a stronger economy, more secure jobs, stronger national defense is to every American’s advantage,” he said.
“He is a different sort of candidate at time when people want something different,” he said. “He is connecting with voters that think Washington has left them behind. There is a coalition there that could win a general election.”
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