More than 100 Republican leaders signed a letter urging the Republican National Committee to stop funding Trump's presidential campaign and pour all resources towards down-ticket races to "save the Republican Party." Should the RNC #AbandonTrump? Scroll down for further perspectives and VOTE!
Republicans are urging RNC to cut off all funding to the Trump campaign. Should they?
Trump's numbers are plummeting. He's alienated key voting blocs, including women, religious minorities, and people of color. Republicans in vulnerable races, such as Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, have already disavowed the nominee in an attempt to save their seats. Just being associated with Trump could mean many Republicans lose their elections. Some of them may feel they have no choice but to abandon the nominee.
But abandoning Trump will enrage his millions of supporters, who might in turn abandon the GOP for future elections. The fact is that Trump was voted into being the Republican nominee, whether GOP leaders like it or not. The fact that they're considering abandoning the popularly elected candidate means that they are turning their backs on the people they claim to serve.
While the RNC's mission is to support all Republican candidates, it will be tough to explain to Trump supporters why they're pulling funding from his campaign. Many of Trump's supporters are already suspicious of the establishment, and a move like this by the RNC plays right into that narrative.
GOP loyalists are disgusted by how poorly the Trump campaign has been run. They don't think the RNC should have to waste money on his candidacy when he and his operatives didn't do the basic work to succeed in the race. They think their funds are better spent on other Republican candidates.