The former chief media strategist for President George W. Bush hinted last week that establishment Republican could form a third party run against Donald Trump if he wins the party’s nomination for president.
Speaking in an interview with NPR’s Robert Siegel on “All Things Considered” Thursday, Mark McKinnon outlined three ways the Republican establishment to deal with Trump.
“Scenario one is the conventional wisdom, which is that Super PACs will unload on him; Carly Fiorina and Jeb Bush and others will beat up on him and that that will ultimately mean that he fades away. If that was going to happen, it would’ve happened by now,” he said.
The second scenario, he said, is that Trump wins enough delegates in the primary process that he becomes “a real nuisance at the convention” and uses the leverage to walk out with an agreement that gives him some kind of win though he doesn’t elaborate as to what that win would be.
“Scenario three is wild and improbable, but think about it. He starts to gather enough delegates where it actually looks like he could win the nomination,” McKinnon said.
“The Republican establishment completely freaks out. They get together and say, this is unacceptable, but it looks like it’s going to happen. So we go off, and we create a new Republican Party as an independent candidacy and draft somebody who’s tanned, rested and ready to go and with a lot of money, somebody like Mitt Romney.”
Asked by Siegel to describe “the Republican establishment,” McKinnon said, “it will be the big-money donors who get together and say, we need to figure out an alternate solution. And it will be all about the money and who they back.”
It would be a wild switch for a party that pressured Trump to sign a loyalty pledge to be disloyal to the people’s nominee and is, as McKinnon said, highly improbable.
But disturbing nonetheless.
Listen to the interview segment below.
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