Downballot races dumping Trump
Rarely do you see Republicans running away from someone at the top of the ticket.
More than two months before Election Day, it’s already happening: Downballot Republicans and top GOP leaders are dumping Trump. There was no public memo or major announcement in August — just actions. First came House Speaker Paul Ryan’s fundraising email, in which he raised the possibility of Hillary Clinton winning and Donald Trump losing. “I worry about what will happen if Hillary Clinton is elected president.” Then there was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defending his silence about Trump. “McConnell said a vote for Trump over Clinton ‘is easy for me,'” the AP wrote of McConnell talking to Louisville-area civic group earlier this month. “The senator added that when Trump ‘says something I have to speak up on, I will. But that doesn’t mean I don’t support him.'” And then yesterday came this campaign video from John McCain, who’s engaged in a tough re-election fight: “If Hillary Clinton is elected, Arizona will need a senator who will act as a check,” he said, all but admitting that Trump is unlikely to win in November. And McCain won’t be the last GOPer making this “check on Hillary” argument.