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    If any moderate Republicans appalled by Donald Trump tuned in to the Democratic presi

    Hi There;
    I have a sentence from the Economist.com. I can not understand it.

    If any moderate Republicans appalled by Donald Trump tuned in to the Democratic presidential debate held in Miami on March 9th, what they heard cannot have made it easier for them to consider lending their vote -for one election at least - to Hillary Clinton.
    1. Assume that John is a moderate Republican in Miami on March 9th.
    2. Did john appall by Donald Trump nomination?
    2.1 Yes
    3.?

    I can not understand the second phrase. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: If any moderate Republicans appalled by Donald Trump tuned in to the Democratic p

    1. "Tuned in" means they watched on TV. Your example person need not be physically in Miami on the 9th of March.

    2. The word "appall" is seldom used. It is most often seen as appalled as in the Economist article.
    2. The fact of John being a moderate Republican does not by definition mean he is appalled by Trump. It's possible to imagine moderate Republicans who might even support him.
    2. Donald Trump, as of the time of the article in question (and this writing), has not yet been nominated. A strong case can be made for being appalled by Donald Trump even if he were not running for President.

    Here's my take on the article:

    A. Assume John is a moderate Republican.

    B. He does not like Donald Trump. In fact, he is appalled by the possibility of him becoming President.

    C. Maybe he doesn't like any of the other Republican candidates, either.

    D. Moderate Republicans may hate Trump so much that, if he did become the Republican candidate, they would vote for the Democratic candidate (presumably Hillary Clinton) instead; just this one time.

    E. John watched the Democratic debate on television that was held in Miami on March 9th.

    F. Things that Hillary Clinton said during that debate might cause John to consider some third alternative.

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    Re: If any moderate Republicans appalled by Donald Trump tuned in to the Democratic p

    In other words, a moderate Republican who listens to the Democrats debate does not find any evidence for the idea that they are a reasonable alternative to an extreme like Trump.

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    Re: If any moderate Republicans appalled by Donald Trump tuned in to the Democratic p

    Dear SoothingDave;
    If John listened the Democrats debate and if he did not find any evidence for the idea that they (I understand the word they refers to democrats, whether extremist or not) are a reasonable alternernative like Mr. Trump, he was not able to vote for Mrs. Clinton. However, from the post of J&K Tutoring, there is a possibility of Mr. John vote for Mrs. Clinton just for one time. Is it contradiction?

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    Re: If any moderate Republicans appalled by Donald Trump tuned in to the Democratic p

    Well, it says that the Democrat debate "cannot have made it easier" for our hypothetical moderate Republican to vote for the other party.

    What an individual actually does with his vote is not certain at this time. The point of the sentence is that the Democrat statements and policies, as displayed at the debate, are not attractive to a moderate Republican. If the Democrats were moving towards the center, they would be an easy choice for moderate Republicans looking to escape a Trump party.

    But the Democrats are running far left. There is no middle.

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    Re: If any moderate Republicans appalled by Donald Trump tuned in to the Democratic p

    Ok. I understand.

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