Donald Trump will win the GOP race for presidense. Repeat after me: Donald Trump will win the GOP race for presidense. Accept it.
While Cruz and Rubio are stuck in the first stage of shock and denial, other Republican insiders are feeling the pain and they are angry. Most are stuck at the third stage - ANGER - in the seven stages of grief. They are angry that Trump's ticket will cause defeat for other GOP candidates.
"It fills all of us with concern and dread,” said Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, who has endorsed fellow Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, considered the main hope of the Republican establishment to derail Trump’s march to the nomination.
1. Some Republicans in Congress, such as Flake and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said a Trump nomination would do enormous damage to the party and predicted a heavy election defeat in November to the eventual Democratic nominee. "I am like on the team that bought a ticket on the Titanic after we saw the movie,” said Graham, contending that Trump would be “slaughtered” in the general election. In a Republican presidential debate in Houston on Thursday night, another Trump rival, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, challenged him on his electability, citing ties to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton such as a donation to the Clinton Foundation.
Trump, "If I can't beat her, you're really gonna get killed, aren't you?"
2. Trump is the Anti-Republican. Trump has vowed to scrap U.S. trade deals, slap a tariff on imported goods and raise taxes on hedge-fund managers, as well as retain some sort of mandate to purchase health insurance - clashing with the free-market principles that have long underpinned Republican economic policy.
Not willing to accept that reality, Republican consultant Rick Wilson said the GOP establishment donor class must find a way to “put a bullet” in Trump.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Wilson conceded that “Trump is still a very powerful force right now” because he appeals to part of the of the conservative base that Wilson said was activated by his “nativist” message. Wilson insisted that the donor class “can’t just sit back on the sidelines and say, ‘oh well, don’t worry, this will all work itself out.’”
“They’re still going to have to go out and put a bullet in Donald Trump,” Wilson said. “And that’s a fact.”
Bullets. So that's why they are so afraid Donald Trump's national defeat will threaten them. The Second Amendment. If we got a fifth liberal on the court, the pendulum would swing pretty quickly on gun control and CITIZENS UNITED. There will be a major shift in the kind of gun control laws that get approved by the court. Justice Scalia wrote the majority opinion in Heller, and he grew frustrated by what he saw as lower courts’ lawless refusal to follow it by sustaining all manner of gun control laws. A new Democratic LIBERAL appointee would make successful Second Amendment challenges to gun control laws even less likely, a point Senator Ted Cruz has been making on the campaign trail.
“We are one justice away,” Mr. Cruz said at a recent Republican presidential debate, “from a Supreme Court that will reverse the Heller decision, one of Justice Scalia’s seminal decisions, that upheld the Second Amendment right to keep and to bear arms.”