Shermichael Singleton

REPUBLICAN POLITICAL CONSULTANT

Shermichael Singleton, Republican Political Strategist and Political Commentator.

Why does the GOP continue to self-destruct?

After the 2012 presidential election, the Republican National Committee published the "Growth and Opportunity Project" in 2013. The 100-page document was a self-assessment of why Republicans lost the 2012 presidential election and a significant portion of it attributed that loss to the party's inability to court minority voters.

Now we take a look at the 2016 presidential election and the Republican nominee, Donald Trump. When you compare what's in the "Growth and Opportunity Project" to Trump, who has exhibited behavior that is antithetical to the GOP's own self-assessment, you have to wonder how so many in the party came to endorse and support the nominee.

His behavior throughout this presidential cycle severely hinders the Republican Party's ability to reach out to and mobilize minority voters, which the party itself noted as critical to maintaining a strategic political advantage going forward.

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