In a new podcast released Thursday, Mr Luntz said the former president could “single-handedly” cost control of the GOP in the House and Senate, while securing another term for Democrats in the White House.
“What Donald Trump is saying is actually telling people ‘it’s not worth voting.’ Donald Trump alone can get people not to vote. And it is perhaps the best tool in Democrats’ arsenal to maintain control of the House and Senate in 2022, ”Luntz said on Le New York Times‘podcast «Sway».
“If Republicans lose a majority in the House, they will blame Donald Trump for telling people it was not worth voting.”
The pollster said the ex-president’s message of an unfair election had already cost the GOP a seat in Georgia and Senate control in the last election in a result that would be repeated in 2022.
“More than two-thirds of Republicans believe the election was stolen,” he said. ” It works. “
It works so well that if Mr. Trump runs for president as a Republican, “he’s the front-runner to win the nomination” in an area Mr. Luntz said includes Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
« [Trump] could never win a general election. But I can’t imagine losing a Republican primary. This is how important it is in the GOP. And yet he lost all those cross-voters who would deny him the chance to win the general election, ”Luntz said.
Mr Luntz said Mitt Romney could survive as a senator but is unlikely to be re-elected, while Ms Cheney’s future as party leader remained uncertain as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, was trying to get out of the January 6 riot.
“At first he was quite critical of President Trump’s behavior immediately after the attack. And then – I hate the word rocker, but that’s what it seems to have done, ”Mr. Luntz said.
The Washington DC insider has a personal glimpse of Mr. McCarthy’s flip flops, as it was revealed by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that he was renting a room from the California congressman.
Last week, Mr Carlson questioned why Republican officials listened to Mr Luntz more than their own constituents, saying that sharing with the party leadership gave the “Google lobbyist” inordinate influence over their political positions.
Mr Luntz said Mr Carlson’s comments were an attempt at “demonization and delegitimization” because the pollster might oppose the Fox News host’s plans to run for president.
“I think Tucker is running for president. And I think that’s what he’s going to do. And I think he’s going to try to demonize and destroy anyone who might oppose him. And that’s all it is, ”he said.