Princeton political science professor Omar Wasow predicted the Republican Party will shift its platform to become more inclusive of racial and ethnic minorities in the coming decades.
Making such a shift will be essential to maintaining relevance in an increasingly diverse country, Wasow told Hill.TV.
He said 90 percent of the Republican voting bloc is white, but at least half the country’s population will be non-white within 25 years — necessitating a change in platform.
Wasow said a likely scenario would be a culturally conservative party that rejects much of the nationalist and white supremacist ideology seen today.
“The one core question is: What would the Republican Party stand for if it wasn't making such strong appeals to — particularly with [President] Trump — white grievance?” Wasow said. “It might be that it's a culturally conservative party, maybe it's even tough on immigration. But it's not really emphasizing, in some ways, these kinds of cruel policies — caging kids kinds of things.”
He added that the party might try to appeal to religious minorities by toning down some of its Christian nationalist rhetoric.
"The war on Christmas" is a great slogan if you're appealing to Christians, but if you are appealing to the growing number of Hindus or Muslims or Jews in this country, that’s going to be off-putting,” Wasow said.
“There's potentially a kind of cultural conservatism and maybe a kind of patriotic nationalism, but that's not so rooted in this kind of long tradition of white supremacist or white grievance rhetoric that is very alienating to non-whites, non-Christians,” he added.
Wasow created a Twitter thread on Aug. 18 chronicling various political scientists’ opinions on whether the Republican Party would diversify in the coming decades. While some scoffed at the idea, several replied that with changes to its platform, the GOP could even capture the majority of the minority vote.