Republican officials are having an extremely difficult time keeping their candidate from committing political suicide and taking the whole party down with him. In fact, their concern is growing to the point that ABC News is reporting that Senior Republican officials are actually reviewing how to replace Trump in the event that he drops out of the race. They say that scenario is not one of a “normal election year,” but I think even my children could tell you there is very little about this election year could be considered “normal.”
ABC News has learned that senior party officials are so frustrated — and confused — by Donald Trump’s erratic behavior that they are exploring how to replace him on the ballot if he drops out.”
The fact that this is even being discussed is telling. As Trump continues to become more and more unhinged, his popularity is dropping. It’s a well-known fact that Trump’s ego is fed by the polls, which are in a decline. So, how will he react if his ratings drastically go down? Well, Republican officials fear (hope?) he may quit.
Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, called to scold the presidential candidate on Tuesday, voicing dismay for his behavior towards the Khan family.
The RNC bylaws do outline a process for which a new candidate could be selected. It’s dependent upon the 168 members of the Republican National Committee to choose the successor.
Of course, for any of that to happen, it’s said Trump would have to drop out of the running by early September to give the new nominee time to be on the ballot in enough states to win.
While it’s very unlikely Trump will just throw in the towel, there is something to be said for watching a party of hateful bigots scramble. The Republican Party has been dependent upon the support of bigots, racists, and hate mongers for several decades. Now they have the most hateful candidate of them all, representing all that they scampered for in the interest of votes – and he is absolutely screwing them.
Sarah Palin once posed the question for Obama supporters, “How’s that hopey, changey stuff working out?”
Now I feel we must ask the Republican party: How’s all that hate and fear stuff working out for you?
Watch ABC News’ Jonathan Karl talk about what the GOP does if Trump quits:
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