Republican donors, who had long assumed that the outsider candidates would self-destruct and that voters would rally around someone such as former Florida governor Jeb Bush, are suddenly adjusting their thinking and strategies.
Spencer Zwick, the national finance chairman for Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, said power brokers and financiers are now trying to cozy up to Trump in various ways, such as reaching out through mutual friends in New York’s business community.
“A lot of donors are trying to figure their way into Trump’s orbit. There is a growing feeling among many that he may be the guy, so people are certainly seeing if they can find a home over there,” he said.
Zwick cautioned that he does not necessarily predict Trump will win, only that he could, and said some of these donors are talking regularly with other candidates as well.
“I’ve never subscribed to the view that [Trump] can’t be the nominee, that ‘Oh, don’t worry’ take on things,” he said. “It’s naive and foolish to think he can’t be the nominee.”
Trump isn’t asking for their money, they are offering it to him.
The Five Stages of GOPe Grief:
1. Denial — Trump isn’t a serious candidate.
2. Anger — Trump is screwing everything up!
3. Bargaining — Let’s shift our support to one of our other candidates.
4. Depression — We blew $100 million dollars on Jeb!
5. Let’s Make America Great Again!
Meanwhile, Hillary is free-falling in the polls.