What is one surefire way to tell if your campaign for the White House isn’t going so great? How about when your party leaders are openly considering replacing your candidate less than two months before Election Day?
This is where the Republican Party is at the beginning of August 2016.
In the wake of what was a generally “successful” 2016 RNC, the GOP had high hopes for the coming election. However, the good feelings all dissipated rather quickly as the Democrats and their partners in the media were able to take over the popular narrative in the news. While the DNC was proven to be corrupt, Democrats protested, and Hillary Clinton’s team ran roughshod over her constituents in Philadelphia… the media chose to instead focus their energy on Khizr Khan, calling out Donald Trump for his policies towards Muslim immigration. For his part, Donald Trump handled the situation badly by focusing on Khizr and his family instead of on the actual problem of Muslim migration.
Now, this latest bout with the media has left Trump down in almost every recent poll and the GOP leadership scurrying around for fresh ideas to win in November. Things are so tumultuous that the GOP is even considering a nuclear option where they convince Trump to step aside and they choose a new nominee before early September.
Republican officials are exploring how to handle a scenario that would be unthinkable in a normal election year: What would happen if the party’s presidential nominee dropped out?
ABC News has learned that senior party officials are so frustrated — and confused — by Donald Trump‘s erratic behavior that they are exploring how to replace him on the ballot if he drops out.
As of today, there seems to be plenty of reason for the GOP to worry, but wouldn’t replacing Trump just make the rift between the establishment and the voting public even worse?