U.S. News: 'Should the GOP dump Trump?'

September 8, 2016

Robert G. Boatright, professor of political science at Clark University, recently contributed to opinion pieces published in U.S. News & World Report.

“The Donald Trump campaign has been unconventional in many ways," Boatright explains in his argument, titled "How the RNC Can Get Itself Free." "Unfortunately for Republicans, Trump has been unconventional in his lack of interest in fundraising and in his reliance on Republican National Committee money to make up for his failure to establish a campaign organization. As Trump's polling numbers have slipped, more and more Republicans have called on the RNC to abandon its support for Trump. ...

"A handful of Republicans, including endangered Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, John McCain of Arizona, and Marco Rubio of Florida, still have primary elections to contend with, so they don't need additional distraction from the RNC. Once those are over with, however, party leaders will have to decide the terms of their breakup with Trump. A set of clear symbolic moves will enable Republicans to begin the rebuilding process."