James Carville on Tuesday said the GOP could still avoid making Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Lady Gaga blasts Pence as ‘worst representation of what it means to be Christian’ We have a long history of disrespecting Native Americans and denying their humanity MORE their presidential nominee after multiple controversies.

“I honestly believe this — there’s some chance Trump is not going to be the nominee,” the pundit said on MSNBC’s “Hardball.”


Carville said Republicans are rushing away from Trump after the billionaire criticized a judge’s Hispanic heritage.

“What we’re seeing here is a real unraveling,” he said. "I think this is going at a lot faster speed than we can imagine. I just think that when these things in politics start to happen, they just don’t stop.

“I honestly believe — and I’ve been texting and talking with a lot of people, and they don’t think I’m crazy," the Democratic strategist added, "they think there’s some chance this could happen like this.”

Carville added Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science MORE (R-Texas), who ended his own presidential bid in May, remains the best option for Republicans if they abandon Trump before their convention next month.

“I suspect they’d have to nominate Cruz or somebody very conservative because you’d have to look at the delegates that are going to be in Cleveland,” he said.

“The pressure on [Trump] is just going to enormous in the coming weeks,” added Carville, who has endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination O'Rourke’s strategy: Show Americans the real Beto Conservatives pound BuzzFeed, media over Cohen report MORE.

“This is what in law school we like to call a declaration against interests. I want him to be the nominee. I don’t know what’s going to happen in Cleveland if he’s not.”

Trump has repeatedly insisted Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s “Mexican” heritage makes him biased against the businessman.

Curiel is overseeing a handful of lawsuits against Trump University that allege the program defrauded students and left them saddled with debt.

Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkDems vow swift action on gun reform next year This week: Trump heads to Capitol Hill Trump attending Senate GOP lunch Tuesday MORE (R-Ill.) earlier Tuesday reversed his endorsement of Trump, arguing attacking Curiel’s race is “dead wrong” and “un-American.”

Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.), meanwhile, said his vote for Trump is “not for sure” after previously pledging he would back the real estate tycoon.