Candidate Donald Trump has yet to win an endorsement from the majority of the Republican Party, but he remains undeterred in his campaign to be the 45th president of the United States. So far, he has garnered support from a few major Republicans and extremist global leaders, however.
Trump self-financed his campaign with an estimated $35.9 million, a political move that gave him great support from American voters who believed that he would be less swayed by external funders.
Now, however, he is looking to gain outside funding as he rolls towards being the GOP’s presidential candidate.
He has collected a mere $48 million so far, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and is hoping to find donors who think it would be “refreshing to have a businessman in the White House,” Reuters reported. However, Trump’s proposals would double taxes on hedge funds overnight, an unpopular suggestion for the already-lagging industry.
On Friday, Las Vegas casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson—historically an influential Republican donor—penned a column in the Washington Post explaining why he endorsed Trump for president over Hillary Clinton. Adelson wrote that he feared what he described as a third term for Obama if Clinton is nominated. While he claims not to agree with Trump on every issue, he said, “It’s unlikely that any American agrees with his or her preferred candidate on every issue."
Other influential Republicans are more hesitant to promote their presumptive candidate. Speaker Paul Ryan still has not publically endorsed Trump despite their much-hyped “unification” meeting on Thursday.
Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, has warned the GOP that they need to relax and support Trump. Corker told CNBC that he sees a “great deal of evolution” taking place within Trump’s campaign, which ought to warrant party support.
Outside the U.S., Trump has found pro-fascist supporters in Italy, where the head of the right-wing, nationalist Northern League Party, Matteo Salvini, has proclaimed his allegiance with Trump. The Guardian reported an April meeting between the pair in Philadelphia, in which they supposedly swapped immigration policy suggestions.
CNN reported that the Republican nominee has also found an ally in Russian president Vladimir Putin, who called Trump “talented without a doubt” to which Trump accepted the compliment, saying, “I like [Putin] because he called me a genius.”
Although Trump has attempted to soften some of his more hardline statements, such as his ban on Muslims entering the country after being chastised by the new mayor of London, voters should remain wary of his self-described “suggestions.” His blatant racism and bigoted comments seem to really resonate with a particularly xenophobic layer of the American population regardless of the gaping lack of support Trump has from key players within the Republican Party.
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