Organizers for the Republican convention, which begins in just a few days, are reportedly out of money and they're begging conservative mega-donor and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson to bail them out.
How could this happen?
In a letter to the Adelsons, obtained by POLITICO, the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee revealed the names of more than two dozen prominent corporations and individuals who have reneged on a collective $8.1 million in pledged donations. [...]
It goes on to list the companies and wealthy individuals who have withdrawn their financial commitments. Among those who have canceled their donations, according to the letter, are David Koch ($1 million), FedEx ($500,000), Visa ($100,000), Pepsi ($500,000) and Coca-Cola ($1 million).
Corporations and businesses that would ordinarily support both party conventions in a bipartisan fashion do not want their names displayed anywhere near Donald Trump.
And who could blame them? The Republican presidential nominee has managed to offend virtually every customer demographic these corporations depend on for business.
They're criminals and rapists, Trump says. They should be banned from the country, right?
Moreover, the official Republican party platform adopted this week is a pile of hot garbage that endorses gay conversion therapy and supports a ban on transgender bathroom use. It also opposes gay marriage and all forms of gun control. And that's barely scratching the surface. Every single plank of the social conservative movement was included in this cycle's platform because Trump simply doesn't care. There was no commanding voice of moderation in the room that cares about electability.