Is the Republican Party breaking in half under the weight of a divisive presidential nominee or is this all just noise perpetrated by a drama-loving media? Fueled by Trump’s meetings in Washington this week with Paul Ryan and other senior Republicans, there has been a lot of talk lately that the GOP establishment is having a hard time swallowing the Trump pill that was handed to them by the Republican voters. Some have even suggested that the answer should be a split party in order to cater to the vastly differing world views of Republicans at opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. But would this actually work or would it just create two weaker parties and hand eternal power to the Democrats?
Since Trump became the presumptive nominee in an unanticipated hostile takeover of the party, there have been some very public announcements of fervent support or dismayed protestation from senior party members, the Speaker of the House, the RNC Chairman, the Senate majority leader, hey-big-spender donors and senators running reelection campaigns. The messages are mixed, ranging from outright refusal to accept the nominee and threats to vote for the Democrats, to conditional support, to calls for absolute unity within the party. Republicans are clearly caught between a rock and a Trump tower, needing both Trump’s loyal base of followers and the vast amount of minorities and women that he has alienated, both sides of which will ensure the continuance and longevity of the GOP.
While the media may be focusing on the divisions within the party more eagerly than the attempts to present a united front, there is more than enough evidence to show that an unprepared establishment base finds the idea of a Trump presidency troubling. The undying #NeverTrump movement is still holding out hope of a third party white knight coming to the rescue at the Convention, but the delegate ball is likely to stay in Trump’s court. What the GOP has to decide is whether keeping the peace and finding common ground with Trump is more important than civil war and a split party. Otherwise they may as well hand the White House to Hillary Clinton right now.
Still undecided but can’t look away from the impending war? Movie for your mood: Good Morning, Vietnam