Since Donald Trump’s rise in the polls, the Republican establishment has bided its time in waiting for the political outsider to implode and drop out of the race as he has in previous presidential campaigns. Obviously, nothing of the sort has happened as Trump has weathered most of the negativity caused by himself as well as others and remains the leader among the dozen GOP presidential candidates. According to the Columbus Dispatch on Friday, Trump has now threatened to sue to keep establishment Republicans and their groups from trying to portray him as unfit for the Oval Office.
While Ben Carson has come within arm’s reach of Trump’s poll numbers but quickly faltered and Carly Fiorina has previously caused enough non-political candidate excitement to be considered a serious contention for Trump, no one has been able to dethrone him yet. Marco Rubio, of course, continues to inch towards Trump’s amount of popularity but still has an incredibly long way to go.
The GOP, en masse, is beginning to finally realize that Trump is not just a fad, regardless of how much they truly believed he would be. There is even big money to try to stop Trump via candidates who don’t have a prayer – such as John Kasich – and his Super PAC. There is a desperate effort to take The Donald down. Time will tell how well this works for them. Gov. John Kasich has boldly taken shots at Trump and has a Super PAC which will unleash a $2.5 million anti-Trump campaign. Appearing as one of many GOP candidates who one can seriously think hasn’t a chance of becoming president, Kasich made a statement on Friday.
He attacked Trump regarding Trump’s proposal to force Muslims in the United States to be a portion of the nation’s database – a proposal Trump made earlier in the week in response to last Friday’s Paris attacks by terrorists. Kasich asserted:
The idea that someone would have to register with the federal government because of their religion strikes against all that we have believed in our nation’s history. It is yet another example of trying to divide people one against the other. Donald Trump is unable to unite and lead our country.
Incidentally, Trump’s latest comment on the Muslim database flap came out at 1:50 pm on Friday on Twitter. He now says:
I didn’t suggest a database – a reporter did. We must defeat Islamic terrorism & have surveillance, including a watch list, to protect America.
Whether one disagrees with Trump is not the story here. Seriously, it seems awkward that Kasich – who basically has no numbers in the polls to speak of – is leading the dissension on Trump these days. Besides Kasich making the anti-Trump headlines, it’s his Super PAC that is investing its money in trying to bring Trump down. If Kasich believes this will improve his standings in the polls, he will sadly be mistaken. He may be able to hurt Trump with negative ads, but he is seriously misguided if he thinks he has much of a chance at this point. He is still basically an unknown. Pundits believe Kasich will go the way that Gov. Bobby Jindal went days ago by stepping out of the race with a statement asserting that it’s not his time. And Jindal has name recognition. Honestly, the GOP candidates who are enjoying watch Kasich attempt to take down Trump – and hope he will do so – really won’t be fighting over Kasich’s one percent of the poll numbers when he’s finished. The truth is that none of the serious contenders really need the Kasich’s one percent any more than they need to fight over Jindal’s former one percent.
There are others who made negative comments about Trump’s plan on the other side of the political aisle. Hillary Clinton – the former senator, secretary of state, and front-running Democrat – simply said that Trump’s plan is shocking rhetoric. It appears that the Muslim database is just the latest headline in which the GOP establishment and the Democrats are trying to knock Trump out of the race. These people need to forget about bashing Trump as it hasn’t worked and it won’t work as much as they need it to work. They need to have the initiative to come up with plans of their own without suggesting that it will be all right to continue with things as they are. America is in trouble. Americans want solutions. Bashing a candidate without alternatives is not a solution – and Americans are bright enough to see that.
People are looking for solutions and not just candidates who only speak when they want to criticize someone else’s ideas. No, Trump’s ideas are not the best, but he is the only one who is not waiting for someone else to come up with an idea so he can shoot it down without making other suggestions. They don’t realize that shooting down other candidates without offering solutions of their own isn’t a winning method for them to conduct their candidacy.
As far as Kasich’s Super PAC, New Day for America, Trump’s lawyer has threatened to sue. The Trump camp is doing what it can legally from New Day for America from launching the $2.5 million ad campaign which basically will question if Trump has the ability to serve as president. The statement issued by Trump’s lawyer threatens:
Be advised that in the event your ads contain any false, misleading, defamatory or otherwise tortuous statements or representations concerning Mr. Trump’s businesses or his brands, we will not hesitate to take immediate legal action to prevent such distribution and hold you and your organizations jointly and severally liable to the fullest extent of the law for any damages resulting therefrom.
The letter went directly to Kasich and persons connected to the Super PAC. It was sent by Alan Garten who is the general attorney and executive vice president for the Trump Organization. Regardless of the controversy, more candidates need to stand up against these Super PACs that try to sway elections with falsehoods. This is not said to defend Trump and his positions in any way, but it is said to keep the campaigns honest with their alleged facts against other candidates. Time will tell as to what happens with New Day for America ads and Trump’s threat to keep them from advertising any falsehoods.
Trump’s personal response to the Kasich plan to defame him – including the forthcoming Super PAC ads was delivered on Twitter on Thursday evening, according to Politico. Trump wrote among a barrage of anti-Kasich tweets that insulted his job as Ohio governor and his dismal polling numbers: “Watch Kasich squirm – if he is not truthful in his negative ads I will sue him just for fun!” Of course, Trump has the money to make Kasich at least think about keeping it honest. But then again, being a seasoned politician, Kasich may not worry about being sued and money issues.