A longtime Bush family operative and current RNC national committeeman from Massachusetts is calling on Republicans to rally behind supporters of Donald Trump and nominate the New York City real estate mogul as the GOP candidate for president.

“To be honest, I started with my friend Jeb Bush, who I grew up with,” Ron Kaufman said on my syndicated radio show. “That didn’t work.”

Kaufman goes back to 1980 with the Bushes, when George H.W. Bush was running for president in New Hampshire against Ronald Reagan. Kaufman worked on that campaign along with then-state Rep. Andy Card of Massachusetts, who became his brother-in-law. Card was transportation secretary under Bush 41 and Bush 43’s first White House chief of staff, informing the president of the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001. Kaufman served as a White House political director under Bush 41.

Last night Kaufman said the enormous surge in Republican voters this primary season shows that Trump has struck a nerve in American politics in a way that more traditional candidates have not.

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