Donald Trump can wave goodbye to big donors
Some of the GOP’s biggest donors are cutting bait and bailing on the Republican Party. Others are threatening to follow suit if the Republican National Committee (RNC) doesn’t disavow presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Big Donors Are Repulsed By Trump’s Sexual Behavior
Men who have given the party millions of dollars have had it up to their eyeballs with the revelations about the nominee’s predatory sexual behavior. Missouri businessman David Humphreys gave over $2.5 million from the last presidential election until this spring. He never supported Trump and thinks that it’s time for the party to wake up to reality. Being a man with an apparent conscience, he told the New York Times:
At some point, you have to look in the mirror and recognize that you cannot possibly justify support for Trump to your children — especially your daughters.
Illinois business executive William Kunkler has given up on the RNC and their candidate, as well. He has cut the national organization off financially until 2020 when — he hopes — saner heads will have prevailed in rebuilding the party. Kunkler was blunt in his assessment of the Donald:
We’re in a nightmare. Trump is every bad word in the book. If he’s not actually a bigot, he talks like one.
It’s a relief to know that there are still Republicans who recognize bigotry when they hear it. However, it’s unclear whether he objects on moral grounds or because, as he states, he fears that the presidential candidate is going to take the entire party down with him in November.
New York philanthropist Bruce Kovner has given to Republicans in similar amounts as David Humphreys. What he had to say about Trump was scathing. True, but scathing:
He is a dangerous demagogue completely unsuited to the responsibilities of a United States president. Even for loyalists, there is a line beyond which the obvious moral failings of a candidate are impossible to disregard. That line has been clearly breached.
Clearly. Most outside of the Republican Party knew it long ago and have some courageous women to thank for hitting ‘loyalists’ over the head with the truth. Women like Natasha Stoynoff — a former writer for People magazine who told of being assaulted when she went to interview Trump — and Summer Zervos — ‘The Apprentice’ contestant who described being assaulted when the billionaire took her to dinner. A growing number of others have emerged to tell their stories to an incredulous nation and a hard-to-convince GOP.
Donors Have Had It With Reince Priebus, Too
The donors who are outraged are at least as fed up with RNC chair Reince Priebus, who this week reaffirmed party support for their sexually abusive candidate. California investor William E. Oberndorf, who has shelled out more than $3 million in the last four years, made an adamant demand:
The R.N.C. long ago should have cut ties with Donald Trump. Reince should be fired and replaced with someone who has the competence and leadership skills to rebuild the R.N.C.
Competence? Leadership? Oberndorf better start naming names because the number of people remaining who believe such Republicans exist is rapidly dwindling. Conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes was thinking along the same lines as Oberndorf when he declared:
Reince Priebus has to ask, how much of his soul does he want to sell for Donald Trump at this point?
After the travesty that is the Donald Trump candidacy, the Republican Party has a lot of work to do to prove they still have a soul. It may be an impossible task when they have almost entirely lost credibility.
Some billionaires have entirely left the Republican venture behind. On Thursday, two of them declared their support for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Investors Julian H. Robertson Jr. and Jeffrey Yass will take their multi-million dollar donations with them. Since 2012, the two had given the GOP over $8 million between them.
‘Christian’ Donors Are On Another Page Entirely
The financial situation is getting worse by the minute, but diehard Trump supporters seemingly don’t care — in spite of all the evidence that the party is going down the tubes with along with the disastrous candidate. The 168 national committee members are solidly behind Trump, as are some conservative ‘Christian’ mega-donors like Foster Friess. Here’s Friess’ unbelievable take on the situation:
Those of us who prefer Donald Trump’s policies for the future of America do not defend him. We forgive him.
Forgive him? How has it escaped the man’s notice that Trump has not asked for, does not seem to feel the need for, and would probably scoff at such ‘Christian’ forgiveness?
But that’s okay. May Freiss pour every last ‘Christian’ dollar he can get his hands on into the sinking ship that is Donald Trump’s candidacy.
Feature photo, Donald Trump from ‘Donald Trump will you please just STFU’ Facebook page.