Trump, he added, can “pick up some Democrats with his populist message about draining the swamp, the same anti-Washington, same populist message that got him elected, then he could actually go above 50 percent.”

And, he said, the possibility that the Democrats will choose an ultra-liberal 2020 nominee will help Trump. “He’s got an agenda, he’s got a message, and the Democrats are going to nominate somebody who’s radically opposed to him that he’ll be able to beat.”…

“This is the party of Trump,” said McLaughlin, who, with his brother, polls for nearly two dozen Republicans. “A lot of Republican insiders will tell you, ‘Oh, Trump is going to hurt us, Trump’s upside down [in polling.] I’m like, ‘Look at the approval/disapproval rating of the Republican majority in Congress. Trump’s holding you guys up.”