Trump versus the Republican party

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — To the dismay of the Republican establishment, Donald Trump is their presumptive nominee.

Once again, there’s a disconnect between the party’s established preferred candidates and their voters.

Listening to Paul Ryan, there’s not only a disconnect with Trump and the party, there’s disunity within the party.

This disunity has existed for quite a long time, especially in California. The Republican party is getting older, whiter and less diverse while the population is getting younger and more diverse.

As political consultant Tom Shepard points out, this is a long-term problem the party is working to resolve locally and nationally.

"It’s not just about the 2016 election anymore, it’s about the future of the Republican party and how they’re going to adjust to the changing demographic face of America," Shepard said.

The party sees Trump’s appeal as largely among white voters, while alienating the diverse voters in California and across the country.

"But he’s losing ethnic voters, younger voters who are ultimately going to make up a majority of the electorate," Shepard added.

Presidential candidates are expected to behave in a particular way and Trump has gone against the grain and he’s used free media and social media to communicate his message.

In the meantime, the party has not adjusted to the new normal.

"We have a process that’s basically out of control, traditionally these decisions get made by the elite in Washington,’ Shepard said.

"Suddenly for the first time now were discovering now that that process can’t be controlled."

Nor can Trump and the establishment fears he will hurt the Republican brand.

If this never-Trump continues, it’s a problem for a down the ballot candidates, both nationally and locally.

"If you’re a registered Republican running for pubic office, you’ve got to figure out the answer to the question: when you’re asked, do you support the nominee of your party and if not who do you support," Shepard said.

There will be pressure to criticize the nominee.

One answer the party feels confident about is Trump cannot win the election in November. 

"If you look at the electoral map and states where he has a chance to compete it seems like its almost impossible for him to win this election over any Democratic candidate," Shepard said.

Locally Republican elected officials are going to have to reassess where they stand with regard to the nominee of their party and their relationship with the party.

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