The incredible cowardice of the 1 percent: Why wealthy GOP donors are so afraid of Donald Trump
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Charles Koch, David Koch, Sheldon Adelson, Karl Rove; the Club for Growth, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Prosperity and American Crossroads. These are some of the most influential persons and organizations not only in the world of American politics but in the world, full stop.
They have billions of dollars at their disposal, a sprawling network of dedicated activists, and voluminous experience running winning campaigns. They have founded empires, elected presidents, and fomented political revolutions. They are not only at home in the halls of power; they have built some of those very halls themselves.
By nearly any measure, they are titans. And according to recent reports from theWashington Post and the New York Times, they are all, to a man (and it’s all men), afraid of the same thing. They are afraid of being made fun of by Donald Trump. And, no, this is not a joke. Here’s how the Times puts it:
Many leading Republican officials, strategists and donors now say they fear that Mr. Trump’s nomination would lead to an electoral wipeout, a sweeping defeat that could undo some of the gains Republicans have made in recent congressional, state and local elections … Some of the highest-ranking Republicans in Congress and some of the party’s wealthiest and most generous donors have balked at trying to take down Mr. Trump because they fear a public feud with the insult-spewing media figure.