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Republican Leaders Mull Abandoning Trump “En Masse”

Stung by Donald Trump’s refusal to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan, his battle with the Khans, and attacks against other Republicans, GOP leaders are thinking about revoking their support for Trump.

According to the New York Times:

Donald J. Trump’s unabashed and continuing hostility toward the parents of a slain Muslim American soldier, and his attacks on Republican leaders who have rebuked him for it, threaten to shatter his uneasy alliance with the Republican Party at the outset of the general election campaign.

Ignoring the pleas of his advisers and entreaties from party leaders in Washington, Mr. Trump only dug in further on Tuesday  . . .  And in an extraordinarily provocative interview with The Washington Post, Mr. Trump declined to endorse for re-election several Republicans who had criticized him, including the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, and Senator John McCain of Arizona, who both face primaries this month.

He also belittled Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who had criticized his treatment of the Khans, for not being supportive of his campaign . . .

Republicans now say Mr. Trump’s obstinacy in addressing perhaps the gravest crisis of his campaign may trigger drastic defections within the party, and Republican lawmakers and strategists have begun to entertain abandoning him en masse.

The next couple of days could be key. Reports suggest a decision on this is coming soon.

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76 Responses to Republican Leaders Mull Abandoning Trump “En Masse”

    • I just read verbatim an interview Trump gave yesterday. I think he is an unmedicated, rapid-cycling, bi-polar. First clue. His need for little sleep.
      Next, his inability to hold his thoughts. This is the first time in my life, and I am 71, that I cannot discern the lesser of two evils. I am very concerned about this election’s outcome no matter which way it goes.

  1. Still admire Trump’s America First stance, but his constant twitter eruptions are causing much concern.

    When I hear Hillary, I know she is lying….

    When I hear Trump, I hope he is lying….

    Hey, is that Gary Johnson guy still in the race???????????

    H

    • Yes, he was/is. But none of that matters at this mad hatter tea party called an election. The press and the republicans are determined to subvert the democratic process and prevent Trump from having any possibility of winning. Half of this population are stoned out on drugs and rachet reality tv and have no idea or interest in what is going on. We do not have a loud enough voice to drown out the propaganda that we expected to to roll once Hillbillery was nominated. The republicans and their donors are quite happy with the status quo and Hillbillery will ensure that tax dollars continue to be stolen and that the corps like Zukerface continue to overrun the country with cheap, unskilled labor. Today I really feel like I am on overload and the wheels have come off of the bus. As Alex Jones said….Hillbillery could eat a baby on live tv and noone would bat an eye. This is where we are. Trump will go on if he loses and his life and business will continue and he still will be rich. It is not about him, per say, it is about destroying us and our right to chose and elect who we want……it is the subversion of democracy that is the real issue. Obama has said in plain and open sight that he will not accept a Trump presidency..does that mean a coup, or what. None of this is good and the republicans are evil, money grubbing back-stabbing globalists. I am getting emotional, so I will stop here.

      • Couldn’t agree with you more! I too am getting more and more upset how everyone is hyperventilating over this Khan character. This is exactly what Trump’s opponents have been waiting for…to pounce on Trump and turn against him. I expected it from Paul Ryan, McCain and Graham, but I am really annoyed with Christy. Get with the program or Hillary will win this election!

    • Wrote extensively in support of sharia, too.

      Breitbart has been all over this one. Essentially, the Democrats got a sharia-supporting Muslim to throw kidney punches at Trump, on national television, and then said “no hitbacks, gold star.”

      The evil of the Democratic Party knows no bounds.

      • Sheesh, I wonder which parts of the Constitution were missing from his copy? The great Stateswoman Barbara Jordan was said to have carried a copy of the Constitution in her purse, and she helped push Nixon out for deleting records and lying about it. She also led the Commission on Immigration that recommended severely limiting immigration, deporting all illegal aliens immediately, and building a WALL on the border with Mexico. The 1996 immigration law – which has never been enforced – is a good strong law, and was based on her leadership.

  2. Oh yes, let them “abandon” him. They were really never supporting him. But let us see who they are. The people whose only loyalties are to money, Saudi money.

    • See the recent attendees at the Republican Koch retreat. They are all there.

      These are truly people desperate to hold on to their power and prestige and do not care one bit about the future of the country. They shroud themselves in “conservatism”. To me, they are just a bunch of traitors to the base. If they can’t get Paul Ryan in, they will vote for Hillary and they will all work well together.

      Trump threatens WDC. They are pathetically desperate.

  3. Trump mishandled the Khan set up. And made it worse. It is now a dead horse.

    It is not Trump going against the Ryan cabal it is them going against Trump. There’s a lot of NYT destructive slant in this.

    As for me, the GOPe acts like a bunch of prep school babies. I am disgusted with their behaviour and refusal to back Trump, with the constant hen pecking etc.

    They will not be happy until the have Paul Ryan running for President. Ryan is slimy — slithering snake in a suit.

    • ‘As for me, the GOPe acts like a bunch of prep school babies. I am disgusted with their behaviour and refusal to back Trump, with the constant hen pecking etc.”

      They feel that they are entitled.
      Their dynasty is being threatened.

  4. Sen McCain is having the run of his political life here in AZ – not the usual romp he’s enjoyed in the past. RepRyan has a formidable challenger for his seat and isn’t having a good time.
    Neither one carry much weight or influence with Trump supporters, so their support of his candidacy (or lack thereof) won’t make much difference.
    After almost a year of polls showing the public is determined to change the political makeup and thinking of entrenched elected officials, the establishment soldiers on as if they determine who is “fit” or needs their endorsement to be anything in DC.

    Memo to GOP leaders:
    YOU’RE THE REASON MR.TRUMP IS THE REPUB NOMINEE.

  5. Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.
    The Trump Express Train is ROLLING! #NeverTrump Republican Tim Huelskamp was defeated Tuesday night in the Kansas primary – Pro-Trump challenger Roger Marshall is up by 14% with 602 of 1338 precincts reporting
    #NeverTrump Kansas GOP Lawmaker Loses Primary to Pro-Trump Challenger

  6. Trump’s increasingly erratic behavior since the Convention two weeks ago indicates to me that he is desperately looking for the exit ramp.

    The RNC is more than happy to oblige.
    The question of how to remove Trump was answered on MoJoe this a.m. John Heilemann stated that the RNC cannot ask Trump to withdraw, it has to be voluntary. After that, the RNC will select a candidate. Therein lies the problem: who are we going to end up with this time???

    Trump knows that he hasn’t got a snowball’s chance to beat Hillary now. He has two choices: Withdraw now b/c the ‘system is rigged’, or take his charade to the finish line with a humiliating loss.

    One thing for sure, Trump does not want the job! Too bad he didn’t have the courage to back out before the Convention. There should be consequences.

    • “Trump knows that he hasn’t got a snowball’s chance to beat Hillary now. He has two choices: Withdraw now b/c the ‘system is rigged’, or take his charade to the finish line with a humiliating loss.”

      I don’t care who you are,…that’s funny right there.

      • Not there yet. But almost.

        Have the GOPe with much hubris eject Trump. Put in Ryan. Ryan loses by historic landslide.

        That right there — would be funny. If not for the country.

        Whether Trump wins or loses he probably is scratching his head over the sheer stupidity, disloyalty, greed and corruption in WDC politics. Muttering “now I know why nothing gets done. It’s worse than I thought”.

        Oh yeah, if Ryan goes down in the historic defeat I envision, his home wall must come down.

  7. Face it, the GOPe are all Democrats in real life. They lie in the same bed of corrupting power.
    Love of country? They have no idea what that is.
    Trump did the right thing re: Kahn – he just did it the wrong way.
    Ryan and Ayotte are sell outs to the American people – they had a choice to keep their mouths shut, too.
    What a load of crap from a bunch of hypocrites.

  8. Comment made elsewhere – copied and pasted here.

    “Millions of trump suporters feel this way about Donald j Donald J. Trump…..”We don’t care if the guy swears… or how many times he’s been married…or who he voted for, or what his income tax return shows. We want the problems fixed. Yes he’s an egomaniac, but we don’t care. We know he’s not a racist, or bad to women, or all the other things the liberal media is trying to label him with. We know he’s raised a good family, and that says a lot about him.
    The country is a mess because politicians suck, the Republican Party is two faced & gutless, and illegals are everywhere and Muslims are openly trying to hurt this country and make the civilized world adjust to them. We want it all fixed!
    We don’t care that Trump is crude, we don’t care that he has changed positions, we don’t care that he fights with Megan Kelly, Rosie O’Donnell, and so many of the elected establishment. We don’t care that Rubio, Cruz, Ryan, the Bush’s, and so many other top old and new Republicans refuse to endorse him for their own selfish reasons, and we know what they are. We don’t care that he doesn’t know the name of some Muslim terrorists, we don’t care that he tried some businesses that didn’t work out.
    This country is weak, bankrupt, our enemies are making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegals, we are becoming a nation of victims, where every Tom, Ricardo and Hasid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in, AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED. And TRUMP is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want.
    We’re sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic and Republican Party. We’re angry about the Iran deal, the budget, treatment of Israel, military weakness, lobbyists, special interests, overpaid politicians with their self serving bills and back room deals, trade deals, loss of jobs, manipulated economic numbers, businesses fleeing, and even the phoney pay for play Clinton Foundation.
    Americans are no longer going to be fooled, and the movement is out to change the direction we’re taking. Trump may not be a saint, but he doesn’t have lobbyist money holding him, he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him, and all you know is that he has been very successful, a good negotiator, he has built a lot of things, he’s flexible, and he’s also not a politician. And he says he’ll fix it. And we believe him because he is too much of an egotist to be proven wrong or looked at and called a liar.
    Public service has become elected greed. This may be our only chance to have a non-politician, despite his flaws, try and correct the mess, at least for 4 years. We must take the shot, because the consequences of putting Hillary Clinton in office are frightening. There is a tidal wave happening, and its going to overcome much of what’s happened to this country. You can repost this. Daryl Harris.”

    • ^^^THIS^^^

      Trump has always returned attacks on himself and his family.
      It’s his nature and always has been.
      Now he is on a National stage and running against a liberal that is a crook.

      I’m old enough to remember the attacks against Reagan, it was similar.
      Too old, an actor, we don’t want his finger on the nukes, same playbook.

      Hillary on the other hand owes everybody on wall street.
      The ones that need her in the oval office to further influence the destiny of the US.
      It’s all money and power.

      Trump has both and owes no-one.
      That’s why they hate him.
      He can’t be bought.

      • “Trump has always returned attacks on himself and his family.”

        Attacks on one’s family should elicit a swift response.

        On the other hand, personal attacks on a candidate are as common as house flies. Trump’s skin is paper thin.

        But the really crazy thing about Trump is that he will drool over anyone who pays him a compliment, i.e. Putin.
        Foreign leaders will have a blast sweet-talking Trump out of everything, including his gold jewelry. Flattery will get them everywhere!

        • I disagree. Trump probably purposefully does this. He is a very smooth operator.

          Yes, he is thin skinned. But in no need of faux flattery. He can see that a mile away, and plays the game.

        • “Foreign leaders will have a blast sweet-talking Trump out of everything, including his gold jewelry. Flattery will get them everywhere!”

          HaHaHaHAAAAAAAAAAAAA !

  9. You say – I’m tired of the establishment types…. so you get McCain and Romney… establishment types that sort of kind a little bit act like not establishment types.

    At what point along the road to $25Trillion+ in debt do you people have to pull your intellicultual-istic head out and realize that to really shake things up you need a shaker.

    These ‘republicans’ are move of a DNA match to the democrats than Trump and his America first philosophy.

    So play your mental games or get over it and realize that it is now the chance to have someone that will blast through the red tape (or red lines?!?!) and do what he says needs to be done.

    You ask for an exterminator to get rid of the rats and when he shows up with a serious set of weapons that he is fully prepared and willing to use – you get all worried. The rats are the politicians and the debt. (the weapons are metaphoric).

    And remember — there are big slow wheels of govt to throttle back Mr Trump — ye who worry — geez — let’s just do something big for a change.

    Have a great day.

    • But, but…Trump is a Democrat, no? When was the last time he voted “R”? Maybe it was Romney – they have similar backgrounds, sorta.

      • My read on Trump (at the moment ;+}) is that, at his core, where the inner Trump lives and thinks and plans, he is neither solidly R or D. Sounds weird, doesn’t it? He’s somehow more issue-problem oriented, with a sense of how do we address an issue and get it fixed so that it doesn’t screw up our lives anymore. Some like the details of those positions, some don’t. That’s perfectly OK. I just don’t know how that will play out for him or us if he becomes POTUS, though we know with certainty how Hillary will play out as POTUS. We’ve just got a far more extensive history of her words and political behavior than we do for Trump. He’s got position papers on his campaign site, he’s talked about various issues, he’s published his list of Supreme Court nominees (conservative, Constitutionally-speaking, it appears), he seems to be talking to the right military experts (Gen. Flynn et al), he’s got solid economic advisors (Kudlow, Laffer and some experts from the Heritage Foundation. And I suppose there are others he is talking to we don’t know about. His selection of Pence seem a safe enough pick. given where we are, politically.

        So, we try to figure out who to bet on in this race. There are only two horses left to bet on. That’s where we’re at. There are no other choices.

        My hope is that Trump will develop more focus, show far more discipline in his pronouncements, give us greater detail on his positions, get off Twitter and talk a lot more about the economy and what he plans to do in that arena, which is the centerpiece of what concerns us all, and of course, security issues, our place in the world community of nations and all that.

        It’s a very interesting race to be sure, full of unexpected twists and turns, establishment rancor, name calling, media frenzy, lots of hair pulling and trickery. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that we really are at a tipping point in our beloved country.

    • When the Tea Party movement started, one of their mantras was, “enough is enough”.
      What you see attending these Trump rallies is the Tea Party coming to fruition with a candidate that has their voice.

  10. its not the first time that I read they want to do this. I think that if they do they know they will be in a bigger mess than just staying put.

    I wouldn’t endorse Ryan or McCain. Those two are pukes. I am hostile against the muzzrat, Khan. and basically Trump is doing exactly what I hope he will do.

  11. Boo Hoo, More GOP Cry Babies. Get a pair of balls boys and do the right thing or get out. We have enough “RINOS” in this country already. Both McCain and Ryan are ‘weak sisters’ and gutless.

    • LOL. They are a sorry, spineless, sold out to the highest bidder lot, aren’t they? They really do think they own the basketball in this game and can do what they want with it, make up the rules of the game to make sure they win, and hog the ball all they want. Boy, are they wrong, as Ryan, for example, may discover come election day. And hopefully McCain as well. And Ayotte, and lots of others.

      • Whether Trump wins or loses — but especially if he loses — it’s gonna be us against them, the grass roots voters against the scum on top of the pond from now on.

  12. The Republican constituents are SICK of the RINOS. The reason Trump won so handily is he in not a part of the sick establishment congress. Good riddance to all of them. Support the opponents who will step forward to challenge. The establishment RINOS are scared to death they will lose their power and their gravy train if Trump wins.

  13. The quisling bastards can’t get it through their heads that the Trump they claim to hate is only there because they have long since abandoned the voters they claim to represent; to whom they promised much and delivered so little. Once again, a politician’s promise isn’t worth squat.

  14. American patriots want the names of every republican who refuses to support Trump to add to our list of those who will be ousted on their next time up for election. Names we add to our ever growing list of people and corporations to vote out of office and boycot.