Conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt, expected to talk Saturday about his tweet earlier in the day calling for Donald Trump to leave the presidential race, didn’t touch the subject during his speech.
Then after delivering his remarks, Hewitt rushed to a golf cart and was escorted to a VIP area. The volunteer golf cart driver, Brent Hutton, said Hewitt told him he didn’t want any part of the newest Trump revelations, including tapes that surfaced revealing Trump speaking about groping women.
“He knew what the media wanted to ask him,” Hutton said, adding Hewitt also said he had a plane to catch to St. Louis for the presidential debate.
Hewitt spent much of his speech critiquing GOP failings this election cycle, including how the timing of the Republican National Convention led to campaign drift for Trump and damaged his run.
“Drift happened. It always happens to a campaign. You want them fighting with knives and shovels and rocks and stones and clods of dirt until the convention because then they’re focused, and they don’t relax, and they raise money,” Hewitt said. “The moment you get that much time off, bad things happen in every campaign. Not just for first-timers.”
He added that Hillary Clinton’s Democratic nomination was locked up early and that it was a rigged process working against Bernie Sanders.
“It was a rigged game. Mr. Trump was right about that,” Hewitt said.
On the GOP side, Hewitt said having 18 diverse politicians vying for the nomination was just too many and proved to be “a giant train wreck.”
“I did 70 interviews and was Switzerland through the whole thing,” Hewitt said. “Now I’m just the Red Cross – bandages and smokes for everyone.”
He was also critical of a GOP strategy that hasn’t been flexible as voter sentiment has shifted in the last 18 months.
“You can plan all you want, you can decide all you want, but the candidates run and the voters decide. If your strategy isn’t keeping in the moment with American history, it’s all for naught,” Hewitt said.
The tragedy of the campaign, Hewitt said, is that key issues have not been discussed in depth. There’s been little discussion of the Syrian genocide, Libya or the open seat on the Supreme Court.
If Clinton wins the presidency, he said, the Supreme Court will be the most liberal in its history.
“It will go into outer space,” Hewitt said.