The Republican National Convention is desperately trying to rein in Donald Trump. Trump’s struggling campaign is damaging the GOP’s chances of keeping the House and Senate and the RNC has warned the campaign that it is heading in the wrong direction. Now the party may cut off Trump’s funding and focus on damage control.
RNC Chair Reince Priebus has apparently been phoning Trump five to six times a day in an effort to steer his campaign in the right direction. But Trump has gone from one controversy to another as he escalates his rhetoric about the election being rigged. The RNC seems unable to influence Trump’s behavior.
The campaign has also struggled to raise much needed cash, with the Democrats out performing Trump significantly. The GOP is seeing red states trending blue, with usually reliably conservative states like Utah and Georgia moving towards Clinton. The Trump effect is harming Republicans across the country.
The usual Republican plan for winning a general election is coming apart. While Clinton may not be heading for a landslide in November, Trump is behind in every poll by around 10 points and he enjoys only slim leads in several red states, including Kansas.
The RNC is planning to blame Trump’s erratic behavior for any losses in Congress. Trump, meanwhile, is waging war on the media. He has launched a feud with the New York Times because of an article panning his campaign. As journalists are threatened at his rallies and he encourages his supporters to believe the election will be stolen, the GOP may be forced abandon him.