In an unprecedented move in American party politics, the Republican National Committee is considering cutting funding to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after his latest week of rhetoric that has crossed the line even with hard core members of the Republican party. Dozens of Republican heavyweights have called on Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to stop funding Trump’s campaign and instead allocate the funds to Senate and House races. Many Republicans are worried that Trump will not only lose the presidency, but he is also negatively affecting the chances of other Republicans running for office throughout the country.
Here is what the letter reads:
“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. This should not be a difficult decision, as Donald Trump’s chances of being elected president are evaporating by the day.”
Here is what Politico reported:
“Former Sen. Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire and former Reps. Chris Shays of Connecticut, Tom Coleman of Missouri and Vin Weber of Minnesota are among the Republicans lending their name to the letter. Close to 20 of the co-signers are former RNC staffers, including Mindy Finn (former RNC chief digital strategist), Christine Iverson Gunderson (former RNC press secretary), Virginia Hume Onufer (former RNC deputy press secretary), Beth Miller (former RNC field communications division director), Heather Layman (former deputy press secretary), B. Jay Cooper (former RNC communications director under four chairmen) and Patrick Ruffini (former RNC ecampaign director).”
The letter by the prominent members of the party comes in the wake of recent statements by Trump suggesting violence against democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and accusing President Obama of creating ISIS. Trump was also blasted for attacking a Muslim American Gold Star family, whose son was killed in combat in Iraq.
The letter continued:
“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. He also has shown dangerous authoritarian tendencies, including threats to ban an entire religion from entering the country, order the military to break the law by torturing prisoners, kill the families of suspected terrorists, track law-abiding Muslim citizens in databases, and use executive orders to implement other illegal and unconstitutional measures.”