GOP Strategists Plot to Ban Donald Trump From Debates
Gateway Pundit – by Jim Hoft
GOP strategists are plotting on ways to ban leading presidential candidate Donald Trump from participating in the GOP debates.
The party elites are flummoxed by his rise in the polls.
15,000 supporters turned out to see Donald Trump in Arizona in the largest rally to date by any presidential candidate.
The New York Times reported:
Fear remains in some of the campaigns that Mr. Trump will target their candidates in the lead up to the debate — or at the event itself.
Many national Republican officials are increasingly resigned to Mr. Trump’s looming presence. At a meeting of the Republican Governors Association this week in Aspen, Colo., donors and operatives mused about how to prevent him from hijacking the debate.
One idea that came up was to urge three leading candidates — Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor; Mr. Walker; and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida — to band together and state that they would not participate in any debate in which Mr. Trump was present, using his refusal to rule out a third-party bid as a pretext for taking such a hard line. The thinking, according to a Republican involved in the conversations, was that the lesser-funded prospects who have been eclipsed by Mr. Trump would follow suit, and the TV networks airing the debates would be forced to bar Mr. Trump in order to have a full complement of candidates.