Republican strategists are plotting to destroy Trump’s candidacy.
Donald Trump is a dangerous, toxic carnival barker who’s not only hurting the Republican Party, he uses incendiary hate speech to incite violent behavior.
According to the Boston Globe, GOP strategist Rick Wilson, who works for a pro-Rubio superPAC, likened Trump’s candidacy to “a hangover and then herpes” for the Republican party.
“It’s like the classic consequences of bad planning and one night stands,” Wilson said, suggesting the Republican party can expect to pay “for a long time” if Trump continues his divisive rhetoric.
“He’s the guy you want to go out and drink tequila shots with all night long and then you wake up the next day and say, ‘Oh man, that hurt. What the hell,’” Wilson said.
Wilson is working with other Republican party strategists in an effort to defeat Trump and to formulate a plan for next year’s primary elections. He said establishment leaders are “certainly all looking at the existential risk of Donald Trump destroying the Republican Party.”
“All these people spent months and months thinking he’s going to fade, hoping he would be a self-limiting problem and take care of himself,” he added.
New Hampshire Republican Party Fergus Cullen agrees with Wilson and told the Globe Trump’s candidacy is “no longer a joke.”
“Donald Trump is a dangerous demagogue. He’s doing damage to the Republican brand that will prevent us from running a competitive national election next year,” Cullen said, insisting the only group not yet alienated by the Republican candidate is “grumpy middle-aged white men, and there aren’t enough grumpy middle-aged white men to win an election.”
GOP insiders aren’t the only ones looking to defeat Trump. The top five TV networks (ABC, CNN, CBS, NBC and Fox) are uniting against Trump, pushing back against his efforts to control the media.
In a scathing NY Times editorial, Trump was called out for his lies and compared to Joseph McCarthy:
“Mr. Trump relies on social media to spread his views. This is convenient because there’s no need to respond to questions about his fabrications. That makes it imperative that other forms of media challenge him.
Instead, as Mr. Trump stays at the top of the Republican field, it’s become a full-time job just running down falsehoods like the phony crime statistics he tweeted, which came from a white supremacist group. Yet Mr. Trump is regularly rewarded with free TV time, where he talks right over anyone challenging him, and doubles down when called out on his lies.
This isn’t about shutting off Mr. Trump’s bullhorn. His right to spew nonsense is protected by the Constitution, but the public doesn’t need to swallow it. History teaches that failing to hold a demagogue to account is a dangerous act. It’s no easy task for journalists to interrupt Mr. Trump with the facts, but it’s an important one.”