GOP Establishment Elites Discuss How to Stop Trump — ‘All He Has Going for Him Is a Lot of Votes’
by Rebecca Mansour | March 13, 2016
At a private luncheon in Washington, DC, a group of GOP establishment figures gathered to lament the rise of Donald Trump and discuss what can be done to defeat him.
The luncheon was filmed as part of an episode titled “The Reckoning” in the Showtime documentary series The Circus, which chronicles the 2016 race for the White House. Executive producers Mark Halperin and Mark McKinnon sat down with these establishment figures before Super Tuesday.
Below is a full transcript of their conversation:
RICK HOHLT [Major GOP Fundraiser]: Everybody around this table that I know, we’ve been in every Presidential campaign probably since 1980, in various degrees. And in Trump’s problem, he doesn’t have a compass. You don’t know what his compass is.
MARK McKINNON [GOP Strategist and Executive Producer of The Circus]: And how problematic is that for the future of the party?
HOHLT: I think before it’s all over, it’s gonna be hugely problematic.
MARK HALPERIN [Political Journalist and Executive Producer of The Circus]: How do you feel about the fact that the Republican nominee may be someone that none of you know?
ED ROGERS [White House Advisor Reagan, Bush 41]: Shell-shocked. Bewildered. Republicans are hierarchical, respectful of authority, and we fall in line, and Trump has interrupted that cycle.
WEBER: Donald Trump, nobody thought of him as any kind of political leader until six months ago.
ROGERS: He’s not articulate. He’s not poised. He’s not informed. All he has going for him is a lot of votes. (Read More)