Republicans “in a state of panic”

NZ Herald focusses on the apparent disarray and dismay in the Republican Party over the Donald Trump problem.

It’s an odd time to be panicking, two weeks after confirming Trump’s nomination.

Republicans in state of panic

Senior Republican figures were growing increasingly concerned about Trump’s behaviour following his criticism of the family of a dead Muslim American soldier and his refusal to back the re-election campaign of Paul Ryan, the House speaker.

Frustration at Trump’s divisive tactics and insulting comments reached new heights yesterday, with several extraordinary developments:

Intervention plot

Senior Republicans including GOP chairman Reince Priebus, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich were reportedly considering an “intervention” meeting with Trump. They hoped to talk Trump into “a dramatic reset of his campaign”, NBC reported.

“A new level of panic hit the street,” Scott Reed, chief strategist for the US Chamber of Commerce, told the Washington Post. “It’s time for a serious reset.”

Gingrich, a Trump ally, said his friend currently stood no chance of beating Hillary Clinton in November. “The current race is which of these two is the more unacceptable, because right now neither of them is acceptable. “Trump is helping her to win by proving he is more unacceptable than she is.”

Reince Priebus, chairman of the GOP, was said to be “livid” over Trump’s behaviour.

A Plan B candidate?

There were reports that some Republicans were exploring what the process would be should Trump himself pull out of the race. ABC reported that if Trump pulled out before early September, it would be up to the 168 members of the Republican National Committee to choose a successor.

Changing candidates now would probably be no less disastrous. Howe gas the ‘Grand Old Party’ got itself into this dire situation?

Trump was remorseless yesterday, taking to Twitter to state: “There is great unity in my campaign, perhaps greater than ever before. I want to thank everyone for your tremendous support. Beat Crooked H!”

Manafort also attempted to give the impression that there was no panic within the Trump camp, telling Fox News: “The candidate is in control of his campaign and I’m in control of doing the things that he wants me to do in the campaign. The only need we have for an intervention is maybe with some media types who keep saying things that aren’t true.”

The Trump campaign accusing “some media types” of saying things that aren’t true is more than a little ironic.

Trump doesn’t just say things that are untrue, he keeps repeating them even when they have been proven to be untrue.

Trump was given a lot of political oxygen by the media through his campaign, he used them and they used him for attention seeking.

Now the media seems to have largely turned highly critical of Trump his campaign team seems at a loss as to how to deal with that and also the poll slide.

I think this was all inevitable.