The GOP establishment continues its pursuit of an anti-Trump strategy even though GOP voters in Mississippi and Michigan put two more states in the Trump win column. Rather than supporting the will of the people, GOP leaders met last weekend with CEOs from companies such as Apple, Google, and Tesla in order to brainstorm on ways to stop a Trump nomination.
Vanity Fair reports that the meeting occurred at the Sea Island Resort as part of the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum.
Among the cabal of tech C.E.O.s who met at the remote Sea Island Resort for the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum were Apple C.E.O. Tim Cook, Tesla Motors and SpaceX C.E.O. Elon Musk, Napster C.E.O. Sean Parker, and Google co-founder Larry Page. Top Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senator Tom Cotton, and Karl Rove also attended the forum, as did billionaire G.O.P. donor Philip Anschutz and New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger.
The religiously off-the-record event reportedly included a presentation about Trump from Rove, who shared focus-group findings that indicated Trump’s biggest weakness is that he can be erratic and that voters don’t consider him to be “presidential.”
The Huffington Post adds that the main focus of the meeting was “how to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump.”
“A specter was haunting the World Forum–the specter of Donald Trump,” Kristol wrote in an emailed report from the conference, borrowing the opening lines of the Communist Manifesto. “There was much unhappiness about his emergence, a good deal of talk, some of it insightful and thoughtful, about why he’s done so well, and many expressions of hope that he would be defeated.”
“The key task now, to once again paraphrase Karl Marx, is less to understand Trump than to stop him,” Kristol wrote. “In general, there’s a little too much hand-wringing, brow-furrowing, and fatalism out there and not quite enough resolving to save the party from nominating or the country electing someone who simply shouldn’t be president.”
Does the GOP establishment even realize that it is losing its constituency? Is it any wonder that voters are sick and tired of Washington insiders. This is exactly why Donald Trump has risen to the top. The GOP establishment created him, and now the establishment wants to tear him down.