It’s been a rough couple of days for Donald Trump’s campaign. Numerous Republican leaders are turning their backs on him and now it looks like RNC officials are abandoning the Trump campaign.
In an email recovered by Politico, the RNC appears to have ordered a halt of the Project Victory program, which is dedicated to earning funds and other resources for the election of Trump. The email, which was sent to Victory Program’s vendors, told them to hold all mail production.
‘Please put a hold/stop on all mail projects right now. If something is in production or print it needs to stop. Will update you when to proceed.’
The email was written by Lauren Toomey who servers as a staffer in the RNC’s political department. The Victory Project is a joint fundraiser initiative between the Trump campaign and the RNC that works to ensure Trump’s election to the presidency.
Such an effort would be important in any election year, but it’s particularly important this election cycle considering the fact that Trump’s campaign lacks much in the way of a ground game. If Trump is to have any shot at winning the White House, then he needs the support of the RNC.
In what could be considered somewhat good news for Trump, sources within the RNC indicate that this is not a permanent measure. The party doesn’t appear to be ready to completely abandon Trump. However, it seems that the party’s wealthy donors are furious over Trump and the RNC needs time to plan their next move.
. @HallieJackson reports RNC Victory Project is still a go, per source, but big donors are outraged and they're figuring out next steps
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) October 8, 2016
Temporary measure or not, this is still a major blow to the Trump campaign. The election is only one month away and the Republican Party can’t afford to be distracted by this. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to have a choice. Trump, as a person and a brand, is quickly becoming toxic.
The party is stuck between a rock and a hard place. If they cease their support of Trump, then they lose any hope of winning the White House. Trump’s victory is looking less and less likely each day and the longer he remains on the ticket the worse their down ballot prospects are looking, too.
Given the fact that there’s only a month until election day, it would be difficult for the RNC to replace Trump even if he were willing to step down. The main question might not be “can we get rid of Trump,” but rather, “how much damage will he do with a month left to go?”
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