Republican candidate Donald Trump appears to have no friends among his running mates for nomination to lead the Republican Party in next year general election.
One of the latest barbs fired against him by one of his fellow contenders, Rick Perry has said, “I don’t think Donald Trump’s remarks reflect the Republican Party.”
In another report, Perry has said “I talked about Donald Trump from the standpoint of being an individual who is using his celebrity rather than his conservatism.”
Perry has positioned himself as one of Trump’s biggest antagonists on the trail.
“How can you run for the Republican nomination and be for single-payer health care?” said Perry in a remark against Trump.
In the first Republican Party debate on Fox News recently, Trump drew audible boos from the stadium when he declined to rule out a third-party presidential run.
This also led fellow Republican contender, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul to pounce on Trump for taking such position.
“I mean, this is what’s wrong. He buys and sells politicians of all stripes. He’s already hedging his bet on the Clintons, OK?” said Paul.
The fact is a number of Republican Party leaders as well as fellow candidates would like to see Trump go away for several reasons, these include:
Sucking up the oxygen of that of the party favorites such as Jeff Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker
Serving up too much ‘red meat’ to the Democrats as well as taking away the spot light from Democratic contenders
A major distraction as well as a candidate with little or no chance of winning the general election
A Democrat in Republican clothing
Not politically correct and too controversial
Offending people of all stripes and too brash
Display too much of a strong tone
Notwithstanding the foregoing, Trump continues to lead his fellow Republican candidates in the polls.
Moreover, he has threatened to run as an independent candidate, if treated unfairly by the Republican Party.
This no doubt would be a nightmare for the Party as the splitting of its votes will put the Democratic Party in an imminent winning position.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
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