Observers are wondering how this election will turn out, but until the final say in November, the Republican party remains in a state of chaos. Although leadership in the GOP has tried to maintain a public front of unity, hardline conservatives are still hard-pressed to support their presumptive nominee. Donald Trump and his rowdy ruckus of a campaign are cause for a serious case of Republican heartburn.
Republicans Weigh In
Former Sen. Alan Simpson says the Republican Party is “in total chaos” and may be “ripped to shreds” as the GOP old guard struggles to destroy presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign, a task that now appears to be impossible. “Let me tell you who’s voting for Trump: people who are fed up. You aren’t going to get them away from Trump,” Simpson stated. Bill Kristol, a leading conservative Republican figure has publicly announced that there is a “50/50” chance of there being a third party candidate stating, “That ticket would simply be a one-time, emergency adjustment to the unfortunate circumstance (if it happens) of a Trump nomination,” further commenting he “would support other Republicans running for Congress and other offices, and would allow voters to correct the temporary mistake (if they make it) of nominating Trump.”
The Future of the Nomination
It is true that conservative Republicans spent millions of dollars on TV ads trying to derail the Trump train, took to the debates to debunk his “policies”, and even demanded that he release his personal tax returns, all to no avail. Nothing seems to break the stump and stride that Trump has been able to build over the months. Now that his two final competitors are out of the race, many Republicans are falling back on the long shot option of bringing in a 3rd party candidate to correct what they call a “huge mistake”. “Everyone associated with us has said we will not vote for Trump, we will not vote for Hillary, but we will vote. And we would like to have an alternative instead of having everyone just writing in their spouses or themselves,” stated House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Trump still has a card up his sleeve though and as he continues to hold out on who will be his running mate. With names such as Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, and Governor Rick Scott from Florida, the reality is nobody knows who Trump has in mind at this point in time.
As additional senior Republicans band together to support a third party nominee, they ultimately know that time is running out to launch a competitive and viable solution to stop Trump, and this would probably be considered a “hail Mary pass”. In addition to the split party support, Hillary is taking full advantage of the chaos and has started a “Republican’s for Hillary” campaign to try and pick up any stragglers that haven’t made a final decision, adding to the complexity and time sensitive move. With only six months left until the November general election, the Republican party is up against the clock and they know it, so who will be the third party nominee? Time will tell.