Most Republican voters want to see the GOP get behind the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. The key term is and has been “party unification.” However, a small fraction of Republicans, some within Congress, have begun preparations to secretly fund and endorse a third party candidate to take on Trump and Hillary Clinton.
A prominent bunch leading the Anti-Trump reign are Mitt Romney, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, ABC News Contributor Bill Kristol, GOP strategist Joel Searby, and Rick Wilson, a veteran Republican operative. The Republicans want a candidate more in tune with their perspective of conservative values, believing Trump should not be the only sole option for the GOP ticket.
According to ABC News, a source close to the group of GOP elite gave updates on their recruitment process for a candidate: “There are a lot of people who would like to run for president, but only a few that are truly qualified and could mount a bid of this stature this late in the game. We are focused on a very small number of candidates who would fit that profile.”
However, many Republicans have dismissed this third party secret plan as futile and distracting. This sentiment was shared by Al Cardenas, the former president of the American Conservatives Union and currently a senior partner at the lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs. “It’s a combination of lacking a superstar willing to do so, and a sense that the party will fare better in general election, down ticket, if it’s not split at top of the ticket,” Cardenas said. Hopefully, Republicans stop the whining and avoiding and get in line with the “Trump Train.”