Good Morning America’s Matthew Dowd on Wednesday offered a weird analogy for the status of Donald Trump: He’s like a Greek god from Mount Olympus. The network analyst blurted, “It's almost as if this is out of Greek mythology, right?”
He continued, “The titans of the GOP establishment gave birth to Donald Trump through their actions and inactions and now the son of a titan has slain his father like Zeus and rules over Mount Olympus.”
Dowd is fond of odd analogies during his appearances on ABC. Yet, his projection in March was that, regardless of whether Trump got the nomination or Ted Cruz, the GOP was doomed either way.
Former Democratic operative turned GMA host George Stephanopoulos hopefully asked about third party candidates: “And then the question, Matthew Dowd, still out there, still a possibility, a third party candidate.”
A transcript of the segment is below:
7:13:35 to 7:15:21
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Let's bring in Matthew Dowd for more on that. Matthew, you're in L.A this morning. You were one of the first to call the power of the Trump candidacy back last summer. You just saw that map that Jon Karl showed right now. Donald Trump begins this general election as an underdog in the electoral map in the polling. So can lightning strike twice?
MATT DOWD: Well, that's the interesting thing. You know, we don't know and I think the fascinating thing about Donald Trump, George, as you and I have talked about, it’s almost as if this is, like, out of Greek mythology, right? The development of Donald Trump. Where the titans of the GOP establishment gave birth to Donald Trump through their actions and inactions and now the son of a titan has slain his father like Zeus and rules over Mount Olympus. And now he is headed to an epic battle against Hillary Clinton. So he starts off at a serious disadvantage, but I don't think we can understand Donald Trump's ability in this sphere.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, Matthew Dowd is forcing me to pick up on his analogy, Jon Karl. He’s ruling on Mount Olympus, but a lot of the other gods on Mount Olympus, the Republican Party, are not there with him yet.
JON KARL: Yeah. I don't know if Cleveland is Mount Olympus but I tell you this, George, many of the top Republican leaders over the years, governors, former governors including former presidential nominees for the Republicans like Mitt Romney will not be supporting Donald Trump. They probably will not even be going to the convention in Cleveland. Donald Trump is just turned the Republican Party upside down.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And then the question, Matthew Dowd, still out there, still a possibility, a third party candidate.
DOWD: I think it's still a possibility, but I think right now the Republicans that are so anti-Trump they don't want to support him and still don't want to support Hillary Clinton have to figure that out. The deadlines for doing that on many of the states ballots are passing very quickly so they'd have to decide now in the next week or ten days. I think it's still a possibility but it's dwindling.