Is Trump doomed without the support of the GOP establishment? | The Tylt
The endorsements just aren't coming in fast & furious for Donald Trump! Does he need the GOP establishment, or can he compete without their support?
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said today he "cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump" for president. Also, House Speaker Paul Ryan told CNN he could not endorse Trump's candidacy "at this point." MSNBC host and former GOP lawmaker Joe Scarborough says he will not endorse Trump, and conservative talk radio host Erick Erickson remains a strong proponent of the #NeverTrump movement. Many well-known Republicans are saying they will not attend their party's own convention.
Both former Bush presidents have declined to endorse anyone in the 2016 election, whereas Republican governors Chris Christie, Mike Pence, and Rick Scott have all come out to endorse Trump.
It's hard to say whether these endorsements or lack thereof will help or hurt the candidate — many of Trump's supporters openly despise the Washington GOP establishment and don't think Trump needs their approval. Still, to win the general, Trump needs to appeal to the majority of Americans, and having members of your own party openly oppose or remain silent on your candidacy doesn't make that endeavor easier.
What do you think: Is the GOP needed for #TeamUpTrump or will #WalkAloneTrump be enough?
Is Trump doomed without the support of the GOP establishment?