Donald Trump’s presidential hopes continue to deteriorate as dozens of Republicans are now calling on Reince Priebus to stop funding Trump’s campaign and instead put the money toward congressional races.
A portion of the letter:
In every election cycle, the Republican National Committee (RNC) must make difficult decisions in the closing months about where to allocate its limited resources – money, time, staff, and ads – to ensure the best possible opportunities for the Party’s success.
Given the catastrophic impact that Donald Trump’s losing presidential campaign will have on down-ballot Senate and House races, we urge you to immediately suspend all discretionary RNC support for Trump and focus the entirety of the RNC’s available resources on preserving the GOP’s congressional majorities.
The signatories to this letter have worked with Republican candidates and elected officials at nearly every level. We have served as former members of Congress and staffers at the RNC, in every Republican administration since President Reagan, on the last seven GOP presidential campaigns, in leadership and personal offices in both the House and Senate, as grassroots workers at the state and local level, and as delegates to GOP conventions.
The letter explained that abandoning Trump should be an easy decision due to the fact that he “has alienated millions of voters” of every political affiliation:
This should not be a difficult decision, as Donald Trump’s chances of being elected president are evaporating by the day. Since the GOP convention, less than a month ago, he has alienated millions of voters of all parties by:
- Attacking Gold Star families of soldiers who died serving their country;
- Urging a hostile foreign government to intervene in a U.S. election;
- Suggesting that gun owners take action against his opponent if she is elected;
- Repudiating our NATO treaty obligations to protect our allies;
- Reportedly expressing interest in the preemptive use of nuclear weapons;
- Exposing his total ignorance of basic foreign policy matters;
- Stating his admiration for violent foreign autocrats;
- Refusing to disclose any of his past taxes, including those not under audit; and
- Deliberately and repeatedly lying about scores of issues, large and small.
“Trump’s divisive and dangerous actions are not only a threat to our other candidates, but to our Party and the nation,” the letter concluded.
The document was signed by scores of Republicans, from RNC staffers to former members of Congress. It’s just the latest example of high-profile GOP leaders running far away from their imploding nominee.
But it’s not just Republican leaders abandoning Trump; it’s voters in right-leaning states like Georgia, Arizona and South Carolina – all places where the race between Hillary Clinton and Trump is virtually deadlocked.
Finally there is something that people of all parties can agree on – keeping Donald Trump out of the White House.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.