Report: Senior Republican Officials ‘Clearly Think It’s a Possibility’ Trump Can Be Replaced
On Good Morning America Wednesday, ABC’s Jon Karl reported that senior officials in the GOP are now actively strategizing and having conversations about the process to replace Donald Trump atop the party’s ticket should he drop out.
This, after another disastrous day on the campaign trail for the real estate titan turned politician, who recently said that he would not necessarily be endorsing members of his own party in their upcoming elections.
“Senior officials at the party are actively exploring what would happen if Trump dropped out and replaced him on the ballot,” Karl told GMA’s George Stephanopoulos.
He continued, “The answer… is they can’t force him out; he would have to go out voluntarily. And it would have to be the 167 members of the RNC through a complicated process to pick a new candidate. And it would have to happen by early September.”
The situation is truly an unprecedented one. While party officials and Republican establishment have long hoped for the “presidential pivot” of sorts from Trump, it has become increasingly clear that no such change in tone is happening. He sarcastically said of House Speaker Paul Ryan‘s upcoming reelection bid he’s, “not quite there yet” to officially endorse. He further said of Arizona Senator and former party nominee John McCain, “I’ve always felt that [McCain] should have done a much better job for the vets.”
Karl added Wednesday, “He is so unpredictable right now, they are no unable to control his message… they clearly think it’s a possibility.”
Watch the above report from ABC’s Good Morning America.
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