An extensive list of more than a dozen leading congressional Republicans has expressed contempt for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, some making public statements to condemn the GOP presidential candidate. Whether it’s Trump’s inflammatory, bigoted rhetoric or his wildly anachronistic policy proposals that have set off this storm of dissent is unimportant – the bottom line is that his own party cannot wholeheartedly support him. As such, a new report from Politico finds that more than 70 leading Republicans have signed a letter calling on Reince Priebus and the RNC to cut funding to Trump’s campaign and instead divert that cash to down-ballot Republican candidates this November.
The letter cites Trump’s plummeting poll numbers and the fact that he could take down the rest of the GOP with him as valid reasons for the Party to cut funding to Trump. "We believe that Donald Trump's divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide, and only the immediate shift of all available RNC resources to vulnerable Senate and House races will prevent the GOP from drowning with a Trump-emblazoned anchor around its neck," the letter stated. "This should not be a difficult decision, as Donald Trump's chances of being elected president are evaporating by the day." Andrew Weinstein, a vocal Trump critic and the former press aide to Newt Gingrich, organized the letter.
The letter also condemns Trumps divisiveness and outright disrespect for those who serve and protect our nation. "Those recent outrages have built on his campaign of anger and exclusion, during which he has mocked and offended millions of voters, including the disabled, women, Muslims, immigrants, and minorities."
The report finds that the letter will be circulated at some point next week, which gives Trump’s press team a chance to prepare for the fallout. They already have practice with this sort of incident, as a group of Republican national security advisors penned a letter within the past week saying that Trump would be incredibly dangerous for the state of affairs within the country and on a global scale. Rather than explain why they were incorrect, Trump’s team simply scoffed at the officials for being part of the political elite and members of the administrations that placed America in its current perilous position. It is still unclear as to whether that style of response was effective.
Will the RNC shift its funding for Trump over to down-ballot elections? Should they do so?