Ex-RNC chair: Trump will be nominee

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Friday he thinks Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRed states find there’s no free pass on Medicaid changes from Trump Trump meets with Moon in crucial moment for Korea summit The Memo: Trump flirts with constitutional crisis MORE will be the Republican nominee for president. 

“I’m gonna say this and I know people are going to scratch their heads and go ‘what?’ but I don’t think he can [be stopped],” Steele said on 1210 WPHT in an interview posted by BuzzFeed News. “That window has closed and I think Donald Trump effectively closed it over the last couple of months.

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“You tell me who stops him and when do they do it,” he added, noting Trump’s strong positions in the polls. 

“I don’t see how that momentum gets stopped right now,” he added. “I don’t know who breaks it. Come on, you’ve had eight months. You’ve had eight months to take him down.”

Steele said Trump’s performance in the debate Thursday night showed his growth as a candidate. 

“You can see the maturity,” he said, adding that Trump was likely thinking that he wanted to “demonstrate to people that I can be president.”

“I think he showed a little bit of that last night,” Steele said.