Trump is an existential threat to the GOP
The Republican Party could be maimed for years following the 2016 presidential election, party insiders tell the Washington Examiner.He is so bad he is likely to lose in a landslide to the weakest Democrat nominee in recent years. Those enthralled by his demagoguery and insults of opponents are immune to reason at this point.
They worry not just that front-runner Donald Trump will lose the general election to Hillary Clinton, but that the disruption he's proudly caused will mean lost elections and diminished influence for years to come.
The outlook is so bad that a contested convention to stop the New York businessman is not their biggest worry, they say, even as he gets close to the 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the nomination. Sure, they don't relish the four-day food fight being prepared for the GOP gathering in July, especially as millions would view it on television and online.
The deeper concern is that Trump will remake the party in his own image, breaking it to pieces and ending its existence as America's recognizable and electable conservative party.
"A Trump victory could transform the GOP into a populist, nativist, statist party, very different from today's GOP," Alex Castellanos, a veteran Republican strategist, said Monday. "If Trump is the nominee, it is likely there will be an independent conservative party."