A scene from Showtime’s The Circus shows a roundtable discussion over martinis among what some would call part of the GOP establishment regarding how to stop Trump.
Showtime’s The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth premiered earlier this year in January, conveniently right before the Iowa caucus. Produced by political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, and campaign advisor Mark McKinnon, The Circus is a reality show detailing the 2016 presidential election.
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Here are some choice excerpts from their discussion on how to stop Trump, which was accompanied by producers Halperin and McKinnon:
Rick Hohlt – a major GOP Fundraiser: “We’ve been in every presidential campaign probably since 1980 in various degrees. And Trump’s problem [is] he doesn’t have a compass. You don’t know what his compass is.”
Vin Weber – a former congressman: “I talk to people all the time – as I’m sure everybody around the table does – and they say, ‘Why don’t you Republicans do something about this guy?’ I’m sorry. This is not the Soviet Union. We can’t call a meeting and decide Trump is out.”
Ron Kaufman – White House advisor to George H. W. Bush: In response to Weber’s comment about how they “can’t call a meeting and decide Trump is out,” Kaufman replied, “And we hate that,” to much laughter.
Ed Rogers – White House advisor to Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush: “Republicans are hierarchical, respectful of authority, and we fall in line. And Trump has interrupted that cycle…. He’s not articulate. He’s not poised. He’s not informed. All he has going for him is a lot of votes. Why hasn’t any of that hit home?”
Ed Goeas – pollster with Anti-Trump Super PAC and McCain Campaign: “I think everyone’s kind buying into this, he’s inevitable, and that he can’t be stopped. I believe he can be stopped…. We’re working on it. We were effective in Iowa, and that was enough to knock him into second.”
According to a press release in December, the show will “pull back the curtain on the 2016 presidential race, revealing the intense, irreverent, inspiring and infuriating stories behind the headlines of what promises to be one of the most fascinating and consequential elections in modern history…. The Circus will deliver the stories as they are happening and examine what really goes on behind the carefully constructed facade of a presidential campaign in real time.”