More than 120 Republicans even before the latest development in a letter called for the RNC to cut the purse ties. “Given the catastrophic impact that Donald Trump’s losing presidential campaign will have on down-ballot Senate and House races, we urge you to immediately suspend all discretionary RNC support for Trump and focus the entirety of the RNC’s available resources on preserving the GOP’s congressional majorities,” the letter said.
Now that Trump has put unprepared people at the top of his campaign and allegations of illegality swirl around Manafort, GOP calls to cut off Trump will increase. “Of course they should cut funding,” says former Mitt Romney adviser Stuart Stevens. “The Breitbart connection is toxic. I’d say they were as bad as Russians and have lower standards. It’s a scam. Trust me, a lot of money is falling off the truck.”
The RNC’s Sean Spicer refused to respond to questions on the topic. On CNN, Spicer kept up a brave face in defense of Bannon. “He understands the new world that we live in — how to communicate the message effectively, and how to tap into a lot of people who frankly feel the government doesn’t understand the frustration they have.” Whatever.
At some point, the donors will just stop giving — or demand their money back.
UPDATE: An experience presidential campaign operative is at wit’s end. “How much longer is the RNC going to fund deck chairs on the Titanic? Republicans have several competitive congressional races with candidates who are actually doing what it takes to win and are much more deserving of help,” says. “If Trump is going to waste his money hiring Russian pawns, neo-nationalists, and sexual harassers, the RNC shouldn’t waste another dime on him. Focus on keeping Republican majorities in the House and Senate to fight Hillary’s left-wing agenda.”