Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell and other establishment Republicans are beginning to sweat over the rise of Donald Trump. In a private meeting with his colleagues, McConnell said that the GOP will drop Trump “like a hot rock” if he wins the nomination. Here’s a video report via Raw Story.
This stunning admission seems to coincide with recent reports from the New York Times, which suggest that McConnell’s telling other senators to run ads against Trump if they think he could hurt their election bids in November.
According to Republican senators who attended private lunches with McConnell, the Senate leader believes that Trump will lose badly in a general election going head-to-head with Hillary Clinton and that campaigning Senators should position themselves as conservative insurance policies should she win the White House.
Reports of the GOP’s preemptive rejection of Trump arrive after a Feb. 19 private luncheon involving Republican donors and governors in Washington where Karl Rove warned the attendees that Trump’s nomination may be inevitable at this point and that his candidacy could hurt other Republicans running for office in November.
There are also reports from those in attendance at a private presentation hosted by Charles and David Koch where the billionaire brothers portrayed Trump’s record as utterly unacceptable. The Koch brothers’ critique made some high profile donors reconsider donating out of fear that they would be making a losing bet.
Meanwhile, establishment Republicans continue to deny secret backroom meetings.
‘There is no mechanism,” said Former Gov. Michael O. Leavitt of Utah. “There is no smoke-filled room. If there is, I’ve never seen it, nor do I know anyone who has. This is going to play out in the way that it will.’
For years, Republicans have perfected the art of using fear, envy, xenophobia, and hatred to their political advantage, giving birth to the “Tea Party” movement which introduced a breed of politicians who are doing damage at local, state, and federal levels.
Donald Trump is a mutation from within a poisoned cesspool of rage and ignorance which has been building in the basement of the Republican party for many years now. Party leaders now must figure out what to do with him. But Trump said it best during his interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace a few months ago:
“Look, I understand what they’re going through. I wasn’t supposed to be here. I was a member of the establishment seven months ago,” Trump said. “I’m not supposed to be doing this. You see I’m supposed to be on the other side writing checks and having people do whatever I want, puppets, like puppets.”
When Wallace asked Trump what did he have to say to the Republican establishment, he replied:
“I say, folks, you know, I’m sorry I did this to you, but you’ve got to get used to it,” Trump said. “It’s one of those little problems in life.”
Here’s the YouTube video of that interview.
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