Senior Republicans seem to be tiring of loudmouthed 2016 Presidential candidate Donald Trump and may even be working to ban The Donald from upcoming debates. Trump, who announced his candidacy earlier this year, has been known to speak his mind and to be very blunt in his speeches. Several of these comments, such as ones on international trade and immigration, have landed Trump in the press spotlight and earned him some harsh criticism, not to mention lost endorsement deals. Ironically, some of these critics are even from his own party.
According to an Associated Press report, “Republican donor John Jordan said Monday that GOP leaders should take steps to block Trump’s access to the first presidential debate in early August”. Talking with the Associated Press, Jordan mentioned starting a petition whose signees would refuse to join the GOP debates if Trump were allowed to participate.
With the debates on the horizon and the 2016 Presidential election just around the corner, this is a critical time for both political parties. Members of the GOP, as well as wealthy donors, feel as though the party’s chances in the race are threatened by Trump’s comments. Many members of the Republican party see removing Trump from the debates as a logical solution to the problem.
GOP donor Foster Friess, in a letter to Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee Chairman, pleaded that Trump not be banned from the debates. Friess cited Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment: ‘Thou shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican”. Instead of the ban, Friess suggested that the concerned members speak with Trump personally and speak about their concerns in a civil manner.
No party appreciates a candidate who is disruptive and attracts unwanted attention for their comments. With many voters already questioning Trump’s ability to be President, these issues do not bode well for his future as a candidate.