“Never Trump” Ringmaster Looks to Roll Out New GOP Attack Plan
No sooner had Donald Trump won the Indiana primary forcing remaining rivals Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz out of the race for the Republican nomination, than party stalwarts were everywhere in the media taking a position either in support or opposition to the presumptive nominee.
In an election season that has seen the emergence of outliers like Trump, Dr. Ben Carson and business executive Carly Fiorina and avowed socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, establishment Republicans have been caught by surprise by the voters’ rejection of governors and senators, including Bush scion, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, at the polls.
Although some party loyalists are coming out in favor of unifying the party behind a Trump candidacy against likely Democrat candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, many others are taking to the airwaves and internet to proclaim: “Never Trump.”
While some may be truly motivated by a genuine belief that the billionaire businessman is incapable of beating Clinton in the November election, the twitter campaign of others suggests personal ambition may be playing a role in their effort to “dump Trump.”
Some of the boldest attempts to take advantage of the party’s confusion at the success of the maverick Trump who has never before run for public office and was pegged as a long shot in the Republican field of 17 hopefuls when he announced his candidacy last June, are coming from William Kristol, editor of the conservative Weekly Standard and network commentator.
Kristol took to Twitter on Thursday in an attempt to drum up interest in forming a third party, with himself in the top slot or as the vice-presidential candidate behind conservative Senators Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Ben Sasse of Nebraska or Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina.
Practical politicians, however, feel a third party would bleed votes from Trump, essentially handing a November win to Clinton.