Billionaire business mogul Donald Trump might be flying high after his overwhelming win in Super Tuesday primaries, but it looks like his fan base within the Republican Party is growing weak.
In fact, his inflammatory remarks and hateful comments have exasperated some of the biggest fish in the GOP pond so much that they are vowing to either quit the party or vote for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.
“I signed up for the party of [former President] Abraham Lincoln, not the party of David Duke, Donald Trump,” said Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska on Tuesday. “I hope it happens over the course of the next 30 to 60 days that the Republican Party again becomes the party of Abraham Lincoln, limited government and great human potential. I want to celebrate what’s great about America in the Republican Party, but if the Republican Party becomes the party of David Duke [and] Donald Trump, I’m out.”
The senator’s extreme dislike of Trump could also motivate other Republicans in Congress to distance themselves from the former reality TV star if he wins the nomination.
“I'm literally losing sleep over Donald Trump,” Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and currently a campaign advisor for Marco Rubio, told Vox. “She [Clinton] would be vastly preferable to Trump.”
He claimed many Republicans, particularly the “establishment Republicans,” would be happy to embrace Trump in a very cynical way. But Boot would rather see the party fracture if “the nominee were a fascist demagogue like Donald Trump.”
“I'm not wild about Hillary, and I think she has a lot of weaknesses,” he added. “But at least Clinton is informed and serious on foreign policy issues.”