Trump Reaches Out

Something that hasn’t been widely discussed (but should be) is how the Trump Campaign has pivoted towards the Republican National Committee (RNC).   A large part of the coming fund raising will be done through the RNC and the RNC will provide four former chairmen to head up Trump’s National campaign.

One of these men is Ray Washburne of Dallas who spent the last two years as the national finance chairman for the RNC. Washburne is credited with helping the RNC raise about $160 million in the last two years.  Mr. Washburne also worked within New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Washburne is a co-founder of MCrowd Restaurant Group and CEO of Charter Holdings, a real estate investment company that owns Highland Park Village, the country’s oldest outdoor shopping complex.  The Oklahoma Trump organization most likely will report to him. He is responsible for 18 states.

Yet, with the addition of new personnel and the alliance with the RNC there are still others plotting to stop Donald Trump.

The June 20 edition of the New Yorker magazine ran an article by Ryan Lizza entitled “Occupied Territory,” in which the Republican elite struggles over whether to resist Trump or capitulate.

The article begins by saying the presumptive Republican nominee has just knocked out 16 Republicans who had mostly campaigned – to varying degrees – on ideas of Speaker Ryan.

Trump’s recent visit to the RNC Headquarters and visit with Speaker Ryan was reported as “akin to a general visiting a conquered territory.  He was there both to survey the wreckage and to determine who, among the conquered would prove loyal to his cause.”

Statements like the above are intended to keep the anti-Trump movement alive.  House member Chris Collins said, “These people are becoming irrelevant” and if Ryan didn’t endorse the nominee, he would lose the speakership.

Another telling point in the article was about Oklahoma’s Tom Cole.  Here it said Cole has spent six years working with Ryan to fight the Tea Party wing in the House, opposing its government shutdowns and its destruction of Eric Cantor, the former majority leader in 2014 and of former Speaker John Boehner late last year.

For Ryan and Cole, Trump posed a different challenge.  Insofar as Trump has fixed political positions, he disagrees with a majority of House Republicans on foreign policy, immigration, taxes, entitlements and the minimum wage.  He repeatedly talks about a tax policy that would be less generous to the wealthiest Americans, allow the government to pay down the debt and keep Social Security and Medicare solvent.

“It’s not as if the majority was created by Donald Trump,” Cole said.  This majority was created much more by the views and vision that Paul Ryan laid out.

Statements such as made by Mr. Cole miss the mark.  The Tea Party – which he opposes – gave Republicans control of the House in 2010.  Americans wanted change to the policies of President Obama.  No one knows what the views and vision of Speaker Ryan are.  He seems much more interested in criticizing the nominee than opposing any of the president’s dangerous and devious policies and regulations. As Vice President Spiro Agnew said in 1970, “We have more than our share of nattering nabobs of negativism” in the country.

Americans fear for their security and want change.  They do not see it in hesitant, vanilla leaders like the Speaker and those around him. Trump is making way more effort to be inclusive than Speaker Ryan. If this action keeps up Ryan will be destroyed politically.