Election 2016

70 Republicans Sign Letter Asking Priebus to Stop Spending Money on Trump

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A large group of former elected Republicans, former RNC staffers, and former Republican presidential campaign operatives have signed a letter addressed to RNC chairman Reince Priebus asking him stop spending money on the doomed Trump campaign.

The letters expresses a grave fear that Trump is going to sink the entire party.

“We believe that Donald Trump’s divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide, and only the immediate shift of all available RNC resources to vulnerable Senate and House races will prevent the GOP from drowning with a Trump-emblazoned anchor around its neck,” states a draft of the letter obtained by POLITICO. “This should not be a difficult decision, as Donald Trump’s chances of being elected president are evaporating by the day.”

I can hardly wait.

Priebus isn't going to take their advice, of course. Priebus reportedly threatened to cut Trump's campaign off after he refused to endorse Paul Ryan, but he didn't. I don't believe there's anything Trump could say or do that would prompt Priebus to take that kind of action.

For their sake, Republicans should probably replace Reince Priebus the next time they have a chance to. I hope they do if only because I've officially run out of ways to mock his name. Maybe I'm not digging deep enough.

  • muselet

    First, I’m shocked Politico got through an article without throwing in a gratuitous and misleading BOTH SIDES! angle.

    Second, the open letter to the RNC was signed by what sounds like a Who’s Who of former R panjandrums, which will make it easy for Reince Priebus and Donald Trump to, respectively, ignore and mock.

    And third, as I keep saying, Republicans, you built this. You created the conditions which allowed a vulgar talking yam to take over the party. It’s too late to whine and complain about it now.


    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      You created the conditions which allowed a vulgar talking yam to take over the party. It’s too late to whine and complain about it now.

      This, repeatedly, is the problem I see with Team Red. They only ever take the short-term view. The easy win. The quick victory.

      Global warming? Screw it, let future generations deal with it.
      Education? Not our problem.
      Infrastructure? HA!
      Rebuilding nations after we blow them up? Nope.
      Not blowing the up in the first place? Still nope.
      Minority outreach? Not until they’re the majority.
      Informed populace? Hell no! Propaganda all the way!
      Outreach to other nations? With us or against us!
      Health Care Reform? Just don’t get sick, no problem.
      Strong trade agreements that provide global stability? Nooooo! Deficits are bad, m’kay.
      Renewable energy? Hippy stuff.
      Drug law reform? Why? We like the darkies being unable to vote.
      Educate prisoners? Not on my dollar.
      Treat mental illnesses? Lock ’em up (love me some for-profit prisons)
      EPA? Nope. Hurts my profit margins.
      Spend more? Sure, as long as it’s on things we like.
      Raise taxes to pay for it? Hell friggin’ no!
      Deregulation? Now, you’re talkin’! FREEEEDDOOOOOMMM!!!

      Over and over again.

      Team Blue isn’t dramatically better, but they are better. They look down the road and at least make an effort at seeing where things go. And that’s why we are running a competent center-left technocrat on the heels of a two-term highly popular moderate technocrat, while Team Red is running Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho on the heels of their last President who was a reckless cowboy who nearly choked to death on a pretzel.

      THEY DON’T CARE what they do to the future so long as they win now. Of course you’re going to spiral out of control. It’s why they can’t be trusted with power. Imagine if you only lived your entire life thinking only about what would benefit you in the moment. Now scale that up to a nation of 310mm people.

      • muselet

        Yes, absolutely.