GOP pollster Frank Luntz: ‘No one will call me a Republican again’

Jerry Adler
·Senior Editor

Frank Luntz, a longtime Republican pollster and message guru, dating back to Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America, said Tuesday night that he has become the latest political casualty of Donald Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party.

“Starting tonight on this show, no one will call me a Republican again, because I’m not part of this,” Luntz told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric and a panel of guests at the start of Yahoo’s election-night coverage.

“I’m not part of that system, I’m not part of that negativity. This is not something I was involved in this year. I will leave it to others to explain and to try to get themselves out of this mess.”

In a New York Times op-ed, Luntz wrote Monday that the 2016 campaign had convinced him that “the greatest country in the history of civilization has become dangerously uncivilized.”

The GOP focus-group maestro has long been a critic of the way Trump has run his campaign. In October, he described Trump’s White House bid as an “absolute joke.”

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