Trump has shown no signs of dropping out, but the majority of Republicans certainly want him to.
The Politico Caucus, comprised of activists and strategists from 11 swing states, overwhelmingly want to replace Trump with someone else, anybody else at this point.
A series of Politico interviews with the Republican target group revealed that they are incredibly dissatisfied with Trump as their party’s presidential nominee.
One New Hampshire Republican said that he would be happy not only to see Trump out of the race, but pleased with pretty much anybody else to take his position. He said, “I’d rather take our chances with nearly anyone else than continue with this certain loser who will likely cost the Senate and much more.”
Another Republican, from Ohio, said that he fears making a scene about wanting Trump to drop out will just strengthen support for the candidate even more. He added, “While I would love for Trump to drop out and anyone else to take the mantle, that kind of talk will only harden his supporters. We cannot let them think we stole this from them. There has never been a better example of ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t.’”
Other Republicans noted that Trump’s current unpopularity among minority voters may indicate a Hillary Clinton victory in November.
A Florida Republican said, “The effect Trump is having on down-ballot races has the potential to be devastating in November. His negative image among Hispanics, women, and independents is something that could be devastating to Republicans. Trump’s divisive rhetoric to the Hispanic community at large has the potential to be devastating for years to come.”
If Trump were forced to leave the race now that he’s been officially nominated, the Republican National Committee would select a replacement themselves. Considering that Trump is perpetually embarrassing his own party, that option may just prove to be their best possible move yet.
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