Trump's Foot-in-Mouth Disease Is Making Donors Nervous
Via Reuters :
Donald Trump's national finance team held its first official meeting on Thursday amid growing concerns about the Republican presidential candidate's lack of a campaign infrastructure, his attacks on a Mexican-American judge, and the realization that Trump's flame-throwing instincts have yet to be reined in.
The meeting at New York City's Four Seasons Hotel took place two years after such a gathering would normally occur in the traditional realm of U.S. politicking.
Presidential contenders typically organize their fundraising operations long before they declare their candidacies. Trump, a wealthy celebrity businessman, became the Republicans' presumptive nominee for the Nov. 8 presidential election last month after seeing off 16 rivals in a largely self-funded primary campaign.
His late start on fundraising is widely considered a steep structural handicap among top Republican donors, who question whether Trump can achieve his previously stated aim of raising $1 billion before November. On the Democratic side, presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton's well-oiled operation is well ahead of schedule.
With Trump at the meeting were his chief strategist, Paul Manafort, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Republican fund-raisers Ray Washburne and Lew Eisenberg.
Already, top donors are saying Trump is unlikely to hit $1 billion.
The reluctant Trump supporters in the upper echelons of the GOP keep expressing surprise and/or dismay at the fact that Trump hasn't toned things down or been "reined in" yet. If they truly thought this was a possibility, it's further proof that the party has transcended clueless. Trump is a 69-year-old man who has never had a filter, he isn't going to develop one overnight, especially simply because some people he deems inferior are exhorting him to.