When Keith Ellison said Donald Trump could be GOP nominee, people laughed [VIDEO]

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Trump? Republican nominee? "Ha!" they said, adding: "Ha!"

Not a lot of real laughs on the Sunday morning political chat shows. Hosts are squares, pundits aren't as funny as they think, and politicians are too well-trained to say anything surprising.

Here's an exception, in a way, from back in July 2015, when DFL U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison was a guest on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos. Ellison said something that he seemed to mean sincerely. Everyone else just burst out laughing.

Donald Trump had entered the race only about a month before. His announcement speech, the one with "rapist" Mexicans and other nonsense — "I beat China all the time, all the time" — should've been bad enough to tank the campaign from the get-go. Instead, Ellison recognized something else.

"This man has got some momentum," Ellison said. "And we'd better be ready for the fact that he might be leading the Republican ticket."

And they laughed and they laughed. Chris Rock wants laughs like the Congressman got there. 

Sometimes I hate to be right.

Posted by Keith Ellison for Congress on Wednesday, May 4, 2016


"I know you don't believe that," Stephanopoulos said, shaking his head. 

Ellison schooled him.

"We had Jesse Ventura in Minnesota win the governorship," Ellison said. "Nobody thought he was going to win. I'm telling you, stranger things have happened."

Stranger, sure. But none scarier. The Republican field is cleared, and  only halfhearted challenges from House Speaker Paul Ryan stand in Trump's way. 

Ellison dug up the old clip and posted it to Facebook a couple days ago. "Sometimes I hate to be right," he wrote.

There's still plenty to joke about when it comes to Donald Trump and his campaign. But these days it's nervous laughter. 



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