Conservative Commentator: "It's Time To Hit The Panic Button" Over Donald Trump's Polling Numbers
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From the February 17 edition of CNN's New Day:
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JOHN BERMAN (CO-HOST) On the Republican side, Matt Lewis again. The breaking news from Nevada, Donald Trump - he's got a big lead there. Forty-five percent. Marco Rubio in second with 19, Ted Cruz at 17. You're an establishment guy, I'm not a mind reader, but I'm going to venture a guess at what your mind is saying - holy schnikes. Am I close?
MATT LEWIS: Yeah. Well, look, I'm an establishment guy under the new rules of what constitutes the establishment, which is changing. I remember when establishment used to mean liberal. Now it just means that, like, you've have been around for 15 minutes. This is -- I keep saying it, but it's time to hit the panic button. I mean, I think that conservatives, mainstream conservatives, establishment Republicans, whatever you want to call them, have for so long been saying, OK, let Donald Trump have his fun. But sooner or later, voters are going to wake up, once voting starts they're going to get serious. They're going to come to their senses. And it just never happens. It's never happened. Look at New Hampshire. The exit polls. I mean, he basically won every cohort. It's not just non-college educated, liberal Republicans. He won conservatives, he won college graduates. This is a real phenomenon that's happening and I don't know when we hit the panic button or if there is a panic button to hit. But I think it looks like Donald Trump is going to easily win South Carolina and maybe the race is now for second place. But until this becomes a two man race, I don't see how you stop Donald Trump.