GOP donor calls for debate boycott over Donald Trump
As it currently stands, Donald Trump will likely make the cut and appear on the debate stage at the first 2016 Republican debate on August 6. However, not everyone is pleased with this development and at least one GOP mega-donor stopped just-short of calling for other candidates to refuse participation in the debate if Trump is given a debate slot.
Report from Politico:
At least one top Republican donor wants the party to keep Donald Trump from the debate stage.
“Someone in the party ought to start some sort of petition saying, ‘If Trump’s going to be on the stage, I’m not going to be on there with him,’” Republican donor John Jordan told The Associated Press on Monday, according to a report published Tuesday. “I’m toying with the idea of it.”
“It’s something I feel strongly about as somebody who not only cares about the Republican Party, but also Latinos,” he added.
The comments come in the wake of a letter sent by Wyoming-based investor Foster Friess, another top GOP donor, calling for candidates to stay on the “civility reservation,” according to AP.
“Our candidates will benefit if they all submit to Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment, ‘Thou shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican,’” Friess wrote in a letter late last week to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, obtained by the AP.
I’m not sure how it could be rationalized by Fox to exclude a declared candidate who meets all their criteria for selecting the top ten candidates in an average of five national polls. Furthermore, even if some Republican candidates would make the statement that they won’t appear on stage with Trump, there are over a dozen more who would gladly take their spot.
The major factor in all this is that Donald Trump, with his untold billions, does not need to keep the donors happy unlike the rest of the GOP field.
There will be more drama in the coming weeks as we count down to the first debate and the candidate selection takes shape.