© 2016 Bill Eddy
George Will is the latest Republican to exit Donald Trump—and the Republican Party. Will the Republican Party exit Trump en mass in July at their convention?
Trump doesn’t play well with others. Up to now, he’s been all words, and millions of voters have loved his millions of words. But now he has to start delivering. Is he showing that he actually can work with others and deliver on some of his promises? It’s not good. In fact, it’s very, very bad. He’s a disaster for the Republican Party. (Using his words, of course.)
One of his first promises was to give veterans a $1 million donation back in January. He didn’t deliver on that, until he was pressed on the issue in May by the media. It appears that he has no empathy for others, except when it plays well in the news. It helps to recall that even in January, his event for veterans was simply a stunt to appear that he had better things to do than attend a Republican Debate with Megyn Kelly as a Moderator.
Then, after the Orlando slaughter in June, he made it all about himself. “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism,” he tweeted. No empathy for the 49 people killed or their families. Instead, he was back to his words about Muslims and faltered on his half-hearted attempt to talk to the NRA about denying assault weapons to people on terror watch lists. I thought he might actually deliver something that 90% of Americans want. But no delivery there. Sad.
Then, it turns out he’s not a fundraiser. Sorry, he can’t deliver much there. Sure, he’s funding his own campaign primarily, but he’s simply spending his own money on his own businesses for services to his campaign. When will the Republican Party get it?
Last week, as another slap in the face, he took a self-serving business trip to Scotland, instead of doing anything for the campaign. He didn’t do any fundraising, didn’t study policy, and didn’t even meet with world leaders. No, he paraded around his golf courses, getting free publicity for how wonderful they are (although many Scots resent him immensely).
But the icing on the cake was his self-serving response to the Brexit vote and the huge drop in value of the British pound. Empathy for our English allies? No way. It was all about him and his golf courses: “You know, when the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry, frankly,” he said.
I’m not a politician. I’m a divorce mediator. But I think my advice to the Republican Party is valid: It will be easier for the Republican Party to not get married to Trump in July—messy as cancelling the wedding might be—than it will be to get divorced in November. He’s just not that into you. Save your family (and the world) before Trump wrecks it.
BILL EDDY is the author of Trump Bubbles: The Dramatic Rise and Fall of High Conflict Politicians and President of the High Conflict Institute.