Election 2020

Will Trump Play Nice for GOP Donors?

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Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee and he’s out of Republican opponents to behave like a churlish adolescent towards, he is going to have to focus on behaving like a churlish adolescent towards Hillary Clinton, behavior which she will no doubt return in kind.

The general election is going to resemble a sandbox filled with toddlers who missed nap time.

The big difference between Trump’s GOP primary opponents and Dame van der Cankles is that she will have money. Real money. This woman has been doing fundraisers with wealthy Hollywood types seemingly every hour and a half for the last several years.

So the spoiled little rich kid is going to need to get richer. And he knows it:

Watch out Hollywood, he’s coming

Donald Trump is expected land in Los Angeles later this month to begin a series of aggressive fundraising events with the aim of raising up a $1 billion.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is set to attend a May 25 dinner at the home of real estate investor Thomas Barrack Jr., which will include a photo line, cocktails and dinner, according to the Washington Post.

That seems to be just the beginning.

The dinner will be the first of as many as 50 finance events that the campaign and Republican party are planning as they try to rapidly build out a structure to appeal to major donors.

There may be one little hiccup there, however. Some of the party regulars in the “Deep Pockets” department are being a bit coy about opening the checkbooks for Der Orangenführer, hoping that maybe he can stop being, you know, himself.

As the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump now faces a monumental obstacle: Hillary Clinton’s money machine.

There’s just one problem: Trump has spent the last year railing against his party’s powerful donors.

After Trump abruptly wrapped up the GOP nomination last week, many major GOP fundraisers are playing the wait-and-see game as they mull over whether to help the New York billionaire. Deep-pocketed financiers, who have collectively poured hundreds of millions of dollars into efforts to elect past GOP nominees, say they are monitoring Trump’s tone — and waiting for his phone call.

Fred Malek, finance chair of the Republican Governors Association and a major GOP fundraiser, said the donors who are choosing to sit on the sidelines are looking for a more conciliatory Trump. They are seeking reassurance, he said, that the presumptive nominee has put the constant party-bashing from the primary season behind him.

“He seems to be taking the position that — ‘Hey, he’s the nominee so you’ve got to get behind him.’ Well, it doesn’t work that way,” said Malek, who noted he has not yet heard of Trump making overtures to big donors. “He’s going to have to figure out that he’s got to be more inclusive and bring people together, and I think he will.”

Trump has already indicated that he doesn’t feel obligated to be any different in the general election than he has been so far in the primaries.

So will this be a case of Trump coming around, even just a little, and some of the recalcitrant donors being generous?

Maybe.

A more likely scenario is that he just keeps on Trumping and the donors freak out as the specter of Madam President looms larger.

Let’s face it, fear of Hillary is all the GOP has this year. The party certainly doesn’t have a message or a base to speak of anymore. As weird as things have been, Reince and his clown car could figure out a way to leverage the fear and pull this one off so they can get busy looking for their next great “less awful” presidential candidate.