This Week in Politics: The Final Three
This week, Trump and the GOP tried to make amends, Clinton criticized Trump and pushed down Sanders, and Sanders just clung on.
No Third-Party Candidates… Yet.
#NeverTrump camps are desperate for an alternative… some even say they’d vote for Hillary. When asked about the process of looking for a third-party candidate, prominent anti-Trump leader William Kristol of The Weekly Standard said, “We’re not just looking for a body… We want someone who could be and should be the President of the United States.” Unfortunately, that process takes a lot of time and secrecy, and according to rumor, Mitt Romney has paused his search.
Conservative blogger Erick Erickson has been another outspoken supporter of finding a third-party candidate. Although he voted against Romney in 2008 and 2012, he is now saying it’s time – “I can’t even believe I’m writing this. But seriously, Mitt Romney should run for President again and transcend party for the good of the country.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, on the other hand, called a third-party candidacy a “suicide mission” that would hand the presidency to Clinton.
If there’s going to be a third-party candidate on the right, he or she should step up soon. Chances are, no one will.
The GOP Leaned in.
At the beginning of the nomination process, numerous Republicans had no problem with majorly criticizing the candidate. To this day, many Republicans are speaking out against him. Ted Cruz delivered a biting almost-tirade against the frontrunner when he quit the race, saying: “This man is a pathological liar… He lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth.” He continued, “Donald Trump is a serial philanderer and he boasts about it!” and “The man is utterly amoral.”
Now that Trump is the only candidate left, though, some GOP members are warming up, and seemingly most of them would still rather vote Trump than Clinton. Paul Ryan has yet to endorse Trump, but he has become to speak more positively of potential party unity.
Most recently, the NRA endorsed Trump. He called the endorsement a “fantastic honor” and dug into Clinton, saying she would abolish the Second Amendment.” He gave her a new nickname, too: “Hillary wants to disarm vulnerable Americans in high-crime neighborhoods. Whether it’s a young single mom in Florida or a grandmother in Ohio, Hillary wants them to be defenseless, wants to take away any chance they have of survival… And that’s why we’re going to call her ‘Heartless Hillary.’”
Clinton made her case on Trump and the nomination.
Divisive, dangerous, and unmoored. In an interview with CNN, Clinton slammed Trump as all of these, as well as unqualified for the position of the President of the United States: “I know how hard this job is, and I know that we need steadiness as well as strength and smarts in it, and I have concluded that he is not qualified to be President of the United States.”
When interviewer Chris Cuomo mentioned the Democratic nominee, Clinton was fast to correct him: “I will be the nominee for my party, Chris. That is already done, in effect.” As the spotlight moves further away from him, Sanders is still hanging on.
The DNC began to unify against Sanders with more asking him to step down.
Many Democratic leaders have been concerned that Sanders’ staying in the race could be hurting Clinton, especially with his increasingly critical remarks. In order to dodge a messy convention showdown, the DNC is planning to offer a concession to Sanders: seats on a key convention platform committee. For now, Sanders is still fighting on, and he has said numerous times he will take the race all the way to the convention.
And, in the upcoming weeks…
Trump will work towards officially accepting the GOP nomination, and the GOP will continue to either unify or crumble. Hillary and Bernie will face off in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Their campaigns will encounter the most drama in California and New Jersey on June 7, for 546 and 142 delegates, respectively.
Donald and Hillary are expected to continue working towards the general election with increasingly sharp critiques of
one another and their parties.