GOP megadonors tell Reince Priebus: Dump Donald Trump or else

Deep-pocketed donors are pressuring the RNC chair to "disavow" his party's nominee after sexual assault allegations

Published October 14, 2016 3:45PM (EDT)


Several top GOP donors on Thursday pressured RNC chair Reince Priebus to "disavow" Donald Trump after several women this week accused the Republican presidential nominee of sexual assault, according to The New York Times.

"At some point, you have to look in the mirror and recognize that you cannot possibly justify support for Trump to your children — especially your daughters," said Missouri businessman David Humphreys, whose family has funneled $2.7 million into a PAC that aims to unseat Republicans who oppose union-busting "right to work" laws.

"[Trump] is a dangerous demagogue completely unsuited to the responsibilities of a United States president," wrote Bruce Kovner, a multibillionaire former hedge fund manager whom New York Magazine once called "the most powerful New Yorker you've never heard of."

"Even for loyalists, there is a line beyond which the obvious moral failings of a candidate are impossible to disregard," Kovner said. "That line has been clearly breached."

According to the Times, other deep-pocketed donors said they believe Priebus and the party at large should have dumped Trump well before The Washington Post leaked tape of the real estate mogul bragging about sexually assaulting women.

"The RNC long ago should have cut ties with Donald Trump," said California investor William E. Oberndorf, who supported Jeb Bush in the primary race. "Reince should be fired and replaced with someone who has the competence and leadership skills to rebuild the RNC."

"We’re headed for destruction," said RNC finance chairman and Sen. John McCain confidante Al Hoffman. "I just hope we can find a group of conservatives and moderates who are rational thinkers to re-establish the party."

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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