Ditching Trump akin to treating a cancer: Conservative talk show host

Hugh Hewitt
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Conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday called for changing the rules of the Republican National Convention to allow the GOP to ditch Donald Trump as its presidential nominee.

On his talk show, Hewitt justified the unprecedented rule change as necessary for the Republican Party's survival, likening Trump's candidacy to a deadly disease.

"It's like ignoring stage-four cancer. You can't do it, you got to go attack it," Hewitt said. "And right now the Republican Party is facing — the plane is headed towards the mountain after the last 72 hours."

Trump has come under intense criticism over the past few days after questioning the impartiality of the Mexican-American judge overseeing Trump University lawsuits based on the judge's ethnicity.

"They ought to get together and let the convention decide," Hewitt said, but did not rule out keeping Trump as the nominee. He said that if Trump "pulls over a makeover" within the next four to five weeks, then he may remain the GOP's nominee. However, Hewitt warned that as Trump's candidacy stands now, he represents certain defeat for the party in November.

"I want to support the nominee of the party, but I think the party ought to change the nominee. Because we're going to get killed with this nominee," said Hewitt, who started his career as a ghostwriter for Richard Nixon and later served in the Reagan administration.

The proposal marks a reversal of sorts for Hewitt, who wrote in a post on his website in February that, "if Trump is the nominee I will support him." However, the two have had a number high-profile arguments, and Trump has lobbed insults at Hewitt, including calling him a "third-rate radio announcer" after an interview this September.

According to the NBC News delegate tracker, Trump has 1,541 delegates to the Republican National Convention, more than the required 1,237 to become the nominee. The convention will be held July 18-21 in Cleveland.