There was a luncheon. Four GOPers sitting around chatting. The story goes that THE question came up: ‘If Trump is the nominee running against Hillary, who would you vote for?’ One version is that most of them raised their hands for Hillary. But there was clarification the next day from former US Ambassador to the European Union, Rockwell Schnable. He felt confident all the Republicans at the table “would support the final GOP nominee for president, whomever that turns out to be.” THAT IS, until he further clarified later that day:
Schnabel called back later on Tuesday afternoon to clarify what he meant. “My only caveat would be that … I assume that the Republican we’ll nominate will be somebody that would make a great president,” he said. “That’s not a conversation we’ve had to have in the past, but obviously there are some we would be concerned about.”
The four Republican donors sitting at that lunch table — Schnabel, Freeman, Spogli and Riordan — have between them contributed more than $2.7 million to candidates and political action committees over their careers.
All have donated to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, and Freeman and Spogli have given $1 million and $50,000, respectively, to the pro-Bush super-PAC Right to Rise.
What about Ted Cruz? Do you think they’d vote for Senator Cruz? Do you think they’d vote for anyone besides Bush or Kasich? How can any Republican ignore the fact that Hillary Clinton has followed in Barack Obama’s footsteps and said her greatest enemies are Republicans –– that she and Obama lied for days about the four Americans who died in Benghazi, the email scandal, the Huma Abedin scandal, the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” charges? The Clinton Foundation’s illegal donors?
How can they forget? How can that happen? Can there be a Republican candidate as repugnant as Hillary Clinton?
They’re Jeb Bush backers, and the Bushs and the Clintons are tight. Wish I could find the article in a Dallas magazine showing Laura Bush in the Crawford Ranch home. One of her most admired women is Hillary Clinton because of her work with Afghan women.
Those attending the luncheon in Hotel Bel-Air in Beverly Hills were Dick Riordan, former Republican mayor of Los Angeles (He thinks Trump is “disgusting,” “crazy”), venture capitalist and former ambassador to Italy under G.W. Bush and Spogli’s “business partner” Bradford Freeman, and Rockwell Schnabel.
The same article in The Hill points to some influential Republicans who will or might vote for Trump:
The feeling among the GOP’s business wing is not entirely negative toward Trump. The billionaire has found a couple of champions — including billionaire investor Carl Icahn — but outreach from campaign surrogates has not always found a receptive audience.
Several months ago, Doug Manchester, a California developer and chairman of Manchester Financial Group, emailed a number of Republican donors plugging Trump for president.
“I met with Donald himself and was again very impressed with a Man [sic] who does not have to be doing what he is but believes as I do that we need to Make America great again and believe he can do it!!” Manchester wrote to his friends in an email seen by The Hill. . . . “I think Trump can win,” added Manchester, known in donor circles as “Papa Doug.”
So maybe Riordan thought on it a bit. There’s “disgusting” and then there’s despicable and disgusting, and that would be Hillary:
No fan of Trump, Riordan says he nonetheless believes that if elected president, the billionaire would change for the better.
“If he became president, he would be much more responsible and would surround himself with good people,” Riordan said.
“I guess you become sane.”
It’s always something unthinkable, every darn day.
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