Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and current CNN political commentator, argued on Thursday that Green Party candidate Jill Stein should be able to participate in the presidential debates because she will take votes away from Hillary Clinton.
Appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” Lewandowski and Bill Kristol, a #NeverTrumper and editor of the Weekly Standard, got into an argument about who will win the general election in November.
Kristol said that Trump is the “only Republican who is able to lose to Hillary Clinton, and he’s going to lose to Hillary Clinton.” (VIDEO: CNN Anchor Cuts Off Jill Stein After She Questions Hillary’s ‘Competency’ For The Presidency)
“He’s not,” Lewandowski interrupted. “You know why? You have to remember, Bill, this is not a two-person race. It’s just like the ’92 race, right. It’s a four-way race now, and people tend to forget that. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are in this race. I would say that Jill Stein should be participating in those presidential debates. She is a person who is going to take votes away from Hillary Clinton. You just had her here on the show. She is going to take votes away from Hillary Clinton.” (RELATED: Georgia Latest State To Deny Stein Ballot Access)
“At the end of the day, Donald Trump is going to win this election. He’s going to win states because Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are going to take votes away from Hillary Clinton,” Lewandowski concluded.
“That’s always, will all due respect, that’s the last recourse of a campaign that’s going to lose. It’s hoping third and fourth party candidates are going to magically change the equation. At the end of the day, 38 percent of the American people think Donald Trump should be president. He’s never gotten much above that number. He’s not going to get much above that number in November. And the tragedy is, people want change.”