As Trump’s anti-Establishment sentiment continues to shake the nation and garner him more delegates in primary elections, his presumptive nominee status has become an even more daunting threat for the GOP. Earlier in the election cycle, pundits thought that an Establishment candidate, like Marco Rubio or John Kasich, might be able to thwart Trump’s momentum from within the Republican primary race. When they were proven dreadfully wrong, and Trump effectively secured the Party nomination, it became clear that an outside effort would be necessary to defeat Trump. It appears that such an effort is now manifesting, as Establishment Republican leaders and donors are launching their support behind a third party to take the White House in 2016.
According to a report from The Washington Post, a band of anti-Trump Republicans are collaborating to mount a third-party challenge to Trump and Clinton. “GOP figures are commissioning private polling, lining up major funding sources and courting potential contenders, according to interviews with more than a dozen Republicans involved in the discussions. The effort has been sporadic all spring but has intensified significantly in the 10 days since Trump effectively locked up the Republican nomination.”
At present, it appears that Mitt Romney is among those leading this movement. Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol and Red State former editor Erick Erickson are also heavily involved. Additionally, they are attempting to recruit John Kasich or Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse to be their candidate.
Speaking with Don Lemon, Bill Kristol said that “there will be an independent candidate, I think a Republican of integrity and honor who people like me will feel comfortable voting for.” He stated that that person “could beat both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton,” albeit it would be quite a long-shot.
What do you think about this movement to launch a third party opposition to Trump? Can this actually succeed in blocking Trump?