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Report: RNC Staffers Quit Over Trump

After Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee earlier this year, the New York Times reported that RNC staffers were advised to quit if they could not handle supporting Trump.

According to a new report, at least some staffers took that advice to heart and quit.

In recent months, deputy press secretary James Hewitt, spokesman Fred Brown, director of Hispanic media Ruth Guerra, and research analysts Lars Trautman and Colin Spence have all left the RNC with Trump as one of the reasons for their resignations, according to sources familiar with their decisions. At least three other staff members have also left the RNC with opposition to Trump as a contributing factor, according to multiple sources.

At least 11 RNC staffers have quit according to Politico, but it's not entirely clear exactly how many of them quit over Trump.

There seems to be this assumption that things will return to normal after Donald Trump loses in November, but I increasingly do not see that happening. Things that have been normalized by Trump, from the incitement of violence to the open racism, are not so easily stuffed back inside the bottle. The new normal is here and it will outlive Trump's candidacy.

The actions or lack of action by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan have assured that there will be another Trump. If Trump can say and do everything that he has said and done without losing the support of the highest ranked establishment Republicans in the country, why can't the next Donald Trump wannabe?

This is all going to happen again in 2020. It could even be worse.

  • ninjaf

    Republicans are a zombie party but they are at the point of infection where they don’t yet know that they are the walking dead. Watch out, Libertarians. They’ll be looking to infect you next!

  • Aynwrong

    Assuming that the reason they quit the RNC really was an objection to the psychotic talking yam I have to reiterate the same sentiment I keep posting here about Republicans and Trump:

    Sure as hell took ’em long enough!!

  • muselet

    One election isn’t going to cure the GOP’s madness; only a long period of sustained drubbings at all levels of government from the presidency down to city councils and regional water boards will do that.

    Unfortunately, Trumpism will still be with us long after Donald Trump has retreated to his gold-plated panic room at Mar-a-Lago.

    Charlie Pierce has a good diagnosis of what’s going on with the GOP (“It’s a gloriously floundering death for a politics that has done so much damage to the rest of the country.”).


    • Toolymegapoopoo

      Pierce’s column was excellent as always. Thanks for sharing the link.

    • I think you and Charlie are right…it will be with us until we pry their old gnarly hands off the levers of power and that isn’t going to be easy.

    • Definitely. Trumpism is just a burbling up of shit that’s been at the state and local levels for a very very long time.

  • Ashby, now you’re depressing me. I just want to make it through this election without tearing my hair out. Maybe I’m a wimp, but I can’t worry about 2020 now.

    • JMAshby

      I’m not worried about it. I think George W. Bush was on to something when he said he was afraid he’d be the last GOP president.

      • That’s the one and only time I ever wanted GWB to be right.

        • Aynwrong

          Ya beat me to it.