It’s becoming very clear this week that any notions of a unified GOP were nothing more than fantasy. Top Republican leaders have been playing a political game over the last three or four months, pretending to support Donald Trump while secretly hoping that his campaign will implode and let them have their cake and eat it too.
Establishment figures like Reince Priebus, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell are scared to death of what a Trump presidency would mean for their Establishment Mafia; the only thing keeping them in check is fear of a democratic backlash. So they’ve been riding the fence, paying lip service to their support of the nominee while simultaneously opposing everything he says and does.
On ABC’s Good Morning America, reporter Jon Karl said that GOP leaders were “actively exploring” ways to replace Trump should he choose to drop out of the race.
“I am told that senior officials at the party are actively exploring what would happen if Trump dropped out. How to replace him on the ballot,” Karl said. “They can’t force him out, he would have to go out voluntarily. And then it would be the 168 members of the RNC through a complicated process they would pick a new candidate.”
Strangely enough, though, this is the first we’ve heard of anything indicating that Trump might recuse himself from the nomination. So either RNC officials know something the rest of us don’t or they are indulging in a bit of wishful thinking in the first days of the general election.
Of course, we’re supposed to believe that all of this panic is due to Trump’s comments on the Muslim family that spoke at the DNC. Or maybe his refusal to endorse John McCain and Ryan in their respective primaries. Or maybe even his “feud” with a crying baby at one of his rallies.
Any fool can see that none of these storylines hold water. The RNC/GOP establishment isn’t suddenly having second thoughts about Trump; they never wanted him near the presidency to begin with. But now that time is running out, they’re getting nervous about that possibility actually coming to fruition.
That’s not to say that Trump is running a perfect campaign, but Republicans in the leadership couldn’t care less about winning this election. In fact, that would be their worst nightmare. President Hillary Clinton may not be their ideal outcome, but she’s at least beholden to the same globalist forces. She’s not going to uproot everything these power brokers have built over the last three decades. No one’s going to prison in a Clinton administration. They are more than willing to endure her liberal agenda if it means holding on to their power.
Unfortunately for them, Trump’s not going anywhere. He has a mandate from the American people; the forces he serves are found in the middle class, not in the Washington, D.C. Deep State. If they want him gone, they’ll have to roust him themselves. And if they do, they’ll have millions of irate Americans to answer to.