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By Liz Miller
Observer Staff Writer 

ABC Suggests That Trump Might Drop Out of Presidential Race

The Republican Party is Reportedly Scrambling to Create a Campaign Back-up Plan


August 9, 2016

No one knows what Donald Trump might do next.

ABC News reports that GOP party leaders believe that Donald Trump may just up and quit his candidacy. They are considering their other options as Trump's campaign seems to be on the verge of collapse.

It has become obvious to everyone that Trump is not only uninformed but also unwilling to become informed about issues of either international or domestic policy. His general disregard for the most rudimentary courtesies of political discourse could be disastrous for the country. One by one, prominent Republicans are withdrawing their support, fearing that the party might never recover from a Trump presidency.

The real estate mogul's recent disrespect of a Gold Star Family seems to have been the last straw for many.

How could this man be our Commander-in-Chief?

The Donald has a history of quitting when things get tough. He has bailed on any number of businesses, as well as two marriages.

Given Trump's fragile ego, it seems likely that he might quit rather than risk a loss.

"I am told RNC chairman Reince Priebus is furious, that he has had multiple discussions with Trump telling him he needs to drastically change course," ABC chief White House correspondent Jon Karl told George Stephanopoulos, host of Good Morning America. "But here's the news: I am told senior officials at the party are actively exploring what would happen if Trump dropped out, how to replace him on the ballot."

When asked if Donald Trump quitting was a real possibility, Karl responded "He is so unpredictable right now, they are so unable to control his message, that they just don't know and clearly think it is a possibility, which is why they're looking at these rules."

A Trump resignation would toss an already tumultuous campaign year on its head once again.

While a new candidate might pull some of the elite GOP dissenters back into the fold, at the same time it would likely keep Trump's loyal supporters away from the polls altogether.

Trump would have to drop out by September in order for party officials to have enough time to select a successor and get that person's name on enough state ballots to have a possibility of winning.

RNC bylaws for filling a vacancy on a presidential ticket:

RULE NO. 9 Filling Vacancies in Nominations

RNC chairman Reince Priebus is furious.

(a) The Republican National Committee is hereby authorized and empowered to fill any and all vacancies which may occur by reason of death, declination, or otherwise of the Republican candidate for President of the United States or the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States, as nominated by the national convention, or the Republican National Committee may reconvene the national convention for the purpose of filling any such vacancies.

(b) In voting under this rule, the Republican National Committee members representing any state shall be entitled to cast the same number of votes as said state was entitled to cast at the national convention.

(c) In the event that the members of the Republican National Committee from any state shall not be in agreement in the casting of votes hereunder, the votes of such state shall be divided equally, including fractional votes, among the members of the Republican National Committee present or voting by proxy.

(d) No candidate shall be chosen to fill any such vacancy except upon receiving a majority of the votes entitled to be cast in the election.


Reader Comments

Diank writes:

We may be witnessing one of the most amazing historical presidential races of all time...well, so far. Can it be possible that Donald Trump may (Trexit) himself or even (after the vocal and visual and written displays of anger and recanting). Oh yes, there will be a book that Trump will write carrying his lies just a bit further....but wait America...we may be on the brink of a very productive and positive time in our country and other countries as well. I haven't always been terribly supportive of Hillary Clinton, although a lifelong Democrat. But she is sane. Believing in unity is sane. Wanting to make a system fairer and better is sane. Wanting to help children, students and all Americans improve their standards of living and providing new jobs that are environmentally sound is sane squared. Evan McMillian may have joined the race too late. It is too bad he didn't surface earlier. Too bad for the Republican Party, which could go the way of the Dinosaurs. A Giant Step for Unity.


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