The Republican Presidential nominee made four “concrete” declarations in primary season: walls, profanity, and self-funding his campaign. Now, Donald Trump is aiming those famously short fingers at the Republican National Party’s coffers. Unfortunately, Trump’s fourth firm tactic is the only one he is capable of being consistent with: lie about anything and everything. The Trump campaign has admitted to a Republican congressional aides meeting that it is already out of cash.
Donald Trump knocked out over a dozen establishment candidates with varying degrees of political experience because voters wanted an anti-establishment candidate. The media supported his campaign in complete abandonment of journalistic integrity, giving him $2 billion in free airtime for saying crazy things and enabling his obvious misinformation campaign.
Almost on cue, just a day after clinching the delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination, Donald Trump’s “outsider” campaign has gone establishment. Short on cash, Trump has been forced to ask the Republican National Committee for money after promising to self-fund. Trump has already established himself as a notorious flip-flopper, but this is an abandonment of one of the key pillars of his platform – his independence from the Washington establishment.
The man with no political experience is finding out the hard way that a general election campaign is a far costlier endeavor than his circus carnival of a primary. He’s now forced to merge the brand of his name with the Republican Party’s money machine to create a new Trumpublican Party in his own image – and will soon learn that Reince Prebius and his cronies are going to have some nonnegotiable conditions in exchange for opening the floodgates.
As Donald Trump milks the GOP dry, it remains to be seen how Trump supporters are going to react to the almost instantaneous betrayal of the ideals that they supported him for in the first place. Republican voters are going to find out once again what it’s like to be short sold, tanked and bought at a steep discount by their vulgarian Presidential nominee.
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition