- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sen. Lindsey Graham has predicted a massive loss for Donald Trump in November, saying the GOP presidential nominee has alienated voters to the point of no return.

“Reality is reality,” the South Carolina Republican said Tuesday on WABC Radio’s Imus in the Morning, BuzzFeed first reported.

“Mitt Romney got 27% of the Hispanic vote. By 2050, a majority of the country will be African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and others, and we’re losing demographically. We’ve gone from 44% with Bush to 27% with Romney, and I don’t think Donald Trump’s gonna get 20%,” Mr. Graham said.

“The problems we’ve had with young women — he’s made it exponentially worse,” he continued. “So if we do lose, and the reason I think we’re going to lose, is because the demographic meltdown that came from harsh rhetoric and policies by Mr. Trump, making every problem we had in 2012 worse. It’s not about me not voting for Donald Trump, I’m not voting for Hillary Clinton, it is about America is changing and the party is being left behind.”

“It breaks my heart because Hispanics are conservative, they’re entrepreneurial, they’re Catholics, they’re pro-life, they should be our voters, and we are driving them away,” Mr. Graham said. “Because nobody is going to vote for you, when you tell them you are going to deport their grandmother. And there is a difference between a meth dealer, a gang member, and a grandmother who has been here 30 years, working really hard raising a couple kids.”

According to the latest Real Clear Politics average, Mr. Trump is 6.7 points behind Mrs. Clinton in the national polls.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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