As Ted Cruz and John Kasich withdraw from the Presidential competition, Donald Trump is now the presumptive nominee of the GOP. There are words to be eaten. There are consequences to be faced, even as Hillary begs the press to help her defeat Trump.
GOP mega donors have been sitting on their checkbooks up to now:
Republican mega-donors, increasingly fed up with their party’s circus-like presidential primary, are sitting on their checkbooks until the nominee is decided.
GOP campaigns and super-PACs saw dismal fundraising figures in March. John Kasich’s campaign took in $4.5 million and his supporting super-PAC $2.8 million for the month — numbers Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders’s campaign can beat on a good day.
Now they face a tough choice- support Trump or look in part responsible for Hillary being elected. So now they’re having to re-evaluate:
Shellshocked Republican donors are giving Donald Trump a second look now that he’s the party’s presumptive presidental nominee.
Rockwell Schnabel, an influential Republican donor from California, is the perfect example.
Schnabel said he is deeply skeptical of Trump — but he feels even worse about Hillary Clinton.
“As the nominee, at some point I would support him, and yes that would mean ultimately financially as well,” Schnabel told The Hill a day after Trump became his party’s presumptive nominee.
Schnabel, who previously maxed out to Marco Rubio’s and Jeb Bush’s presidential campaigns, said he has a conversation scheduled next week with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to figure out how he can be helpful to the general election effort.
Mexico has not been hesitant to express its displeasure with Trump:
(WASHINGTON POST) MEXICO CITY — The rise of Donald Trump and the anti-immigrant wave he is riding in his presidential primary campaign have alarmed the Mexican government so much that it has reshuffled top diplomats and, according to officials, adopted a new strategy — to defend the image of Mexicans abroad.
Trump has consistently targeted the United States’ southern neighbor, calling Mexican border-crossers “rapists” and criminals and threatening to cut off the money they send home to their families unless Mexico pays for a border wall. But for months, the Mexican government has opted to remain quiet, with a few high-profile exceptions, rather than publicly challenging Trump’s claims.
Under mounting domestic pressure, Mexican officials now say they have chosen a new strategy: to stand up for Mexicans and defend the reputation of their countrymen living in the United States.
Well, that was so last month:
Mexican officials are focusing on the positives in the U.S.-Mexico relationship, avoiding direct references to the presidential campaign.
In an interview with The Hill Monday, Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo said “it’s not very convenient for foreign officials” to comment on U.S. elections. He said they will instead focus on the massive economic potential of the U.S.-Mexico partnership.
“The mere fact that Mexico has become an item in the debate should be an opportunity to reinforce the U.S-Mexico relationship. In a way, underlying that reality is the fact that whatever happens in Mexico has an impact in the U.S. That in itself is good,” said Guajardo.
The Mexican government has traditionally avoided commentary on foreign elections, but as Donald Trump heightened his rhetoric against immigrants and about building a border wall, several high officials took the bait.
The secretaries of Finance and Foreign Affairs called Trump “ignorant.” in March, President Enrique Peña Nieto compared Trump’s rhetoric to Mussolini and Hitler. And in April, Guajardo himself said Mexico would always be the United State’s largest trading partner, unless “Trump wins the election.”
But later that month, the Mexican federal government overhauled its diplomatic corps in the United States and unveiled a new strategy centered on improving the country’s image with its northern neighbor.
There are quite a number of notable Republicans who assert that they will never support Trump. Among them:
Brent Bozell, conservative activist
Bruce Carroll, creator GayPatriot.org
Jay Caruso, RedState
Mona Charen, senior fellow at Ethics and Public Policy Center
Linda Chavez, columnist
Dean Clancy, former FreedomWorks vice president
Eliot Cohen, former George W. Bush official
Former Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.)
Charles C. W. Cooke, writer for National Review
Rory Cooper, GOP strategist, managing director Purple Strategies
Jim Cunneen, former Calif. assemblyman
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.)
Steve Deace, radio host
Rep. Bob Dold (Ill.)
Erick Erickson, writer
They too face a conundrum. Do they discourage support for Trump and risk appearing to offer de facto support to Hillary Clinton? Do those whose incomes depend on their readers bet on that?
It will be interesting to watch. Pass the popcorn and let’s watch the dominoes fall.
Another domino falls:
President Fox Apologizes, Invites Trump to Mexico
SANTA MONICA, California — During an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, former Mexican President Vicente Fox apologized Wednesday for the vulgar language he has used regarding GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the southern border and invited the likely Republican nominee to Mexico to see the border from the other side.
Earlier this year, Fox said that he would not pay for Trump’s “f*cking wall,” and called Trump “Ignorant … crazy … egocentric … nasty … [a] false prophet.” Trump then called on Fox to apologize.
On Wednesday, he did so — in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News — and added that he wanted Trump to come to Mexico to see the border from the other side.
“I apologize. Forgiveness is one of the greatest qualities that human beings have, is the quality of a compassionate leader. You have to be humble. You have to be compassionate. You have to love thy neighbor,” Fox explained to Breitbart News while sitting in the hotel of the J.W. Marriott in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday afternoon.