Like rats leaving a sinking ship, Republican faithful are abandoning Donald Trump in growing numbers. The latest to abandon the Trumpet, as of this writing, is Meg Whitman the billionaire C.E.O. of Hewett Packard. As she noted in switching her allegiance to Hillary Clinton:
“As a proud Republican, casting my vote for President has usually been a simple matter. This year is different,” she said in a statement released Tuesday night. “To vote Republican out of party loyalty alone would be to endorse a candidacy that I believe has exploited anger, grievance, xenophobia and racial division. Donald Trump’s demagoguery has undermined the fabric of our national character. . . .
“Trump’s reckless and uninformed positions on critical issues -– from immigration to our economy to foreign policy — have made it abundantly clear that he lacks both the policy depth and sound judgment required as President,” Whitman said. “Trump’s unsteady hand would endanger our prosperity and national security. His authoritarian character could threaten much more.”
Whitman went on to praise Clinton for her “temperament” and “global experience” that she said would make the former Secretary of State a “far better choice” for President.
Whitman thus joins such Republican luminaries as Warren Buffet, Michael Bloomberg, Mark Cuban, and Representative Richard Hanan in swimming away from what appears to be a sinking ship. My blogging buddy Keith suggests that Mike Pence might be next as he tires from trying to explain what his boss meant to say but, typically, screwed up. Can we then expect Trump himself to decide the effort is simply not worth it and throw in the towel? I suppose in this crazy election year anything is possible. I have already suggested in a prior post that he really doesn’t want the office anyway. If he does abandon ship he will make it appear to have been someone else’s fault. That much we have learned.
There are two major concerns here in this comedy of errors: to begin with, there is the real possibility that Hillary’s camp will become complacent and decide to try to jog to the finish line. That would be a serious error and I suspect that Hillary is astute enough to try to see that this does not happen. But her followers will need to be sufficiently energized to continue the race to the finish.
At the top of the list, however, is the concern over what Trump’s followers will do if and when he withdraws or (worse yet) remains in the fight and loses. That fear has already surfaced among those who know the man and who have seen the kinds to scum that crawled out from under the rocks the Donald kicked over during the past few months. This is a major concern. One “expert” predicts it will be a “bloodbath.” Certainly, there will be massive protests, some violent, one would surmise. In a word, when it’s over it may not be over.