Longtime Trump Backer Tells GOP It’s “Time To Bail” On Him To Avoid Wipeout
RawStory reports that Mickey Kaus, a “one-time centrist Democrat who has since turned into an anti-immigration activist,” is advocating for the Republican Party to push for a different candidate to replace President Donald J. Trump in the November 2020 election.
- Kaus, who RawStory describes as a “dogged advocate of Trump” since 2016, released an essay on his website called “A Time to Bail.”
- Kaus claims that “Trumpism is more important than Trump,” and that in light of Trump “falling behind and flailing,” Republicans should push for him to drop out of the election so the party can nominate a different candidate.
- Kaus claims that without Trump or Vice President Mike Pence as Republican candidates in the race, “The intensity level of the Dem [sic] campaign will instantly drop. Millions who might turn out to get rid of Trump will stay at home. The lightning rod having wandered off with all the electricity, everything will probably become very boring very quickly.”
One example of the “fantasizing about Trump abandoning his attempt at reelection” that Kaus writes about can be found among anonymous “GOP operatives” who spoke to Charles Gasparino. Gasparino Tweeted,
GOP operatives are for the first time raising the possibility that @realDonaldTrump could drop out of the race if his poll numbers don’t rebound. Over the weekend I spoke to a sample of major players; one described Trumps current psyche as “fragile.” I’m not convinced yet; he’s got time and he’s running against an opponent who is literally hiding in his basement… That said the speculation indicates how tense GOP operatives are about Trump losing and the party losing the senate and having their entire agenda abolished in a leftist wave election. Again lots of time and Trump has endured a horrible couple of months but that’s the snap shop [sic]
Trump’s campaign, however, has “adamantly denied” the possibility of dropping out of the race, Fox News reports.
Campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh said,
Everyone knows that media polling has always been wrong about President Trump—they undersample Republicans and don’t screen for likely voters—in order to set false narratives. It won’t work. There was similar fretting in 2016 and if it had been accurate, Hillary Clinton would be in the White House right now.