Although the thought of a Donald Trump candidacy troubles establishment Republicans and even some tea partyers, both camps have stopped dismissing the real-estate mogul’s potential foray into presidential politics as a joke.
|Donald Trump's critics try to undermine his growing popularity. (Getty Images Photo)
“I am totally serious,” Trump himself tells The Wall Street Journal
He now talks regularly to pollsters, party activists, and political operatives. A decision to enter the GOP primaries could come this spring, and his critics already are maneuvering to blunt the impact of polls that show him gaining in popularity.
"Some people may see this as comic relief, but this is not good at all for the Republican Party," said Virginia fundraiser Bobbie Kilberg.
The discouragement from other, less Beltway-connected GOP quarters is also getting louder, the National Journal
reports. A blog post this week from the Tea Party Nation said Trump is just “blowing his own horn.”
But the mainstream GOP is the least welcoming. The Club for Growth’s president, former Congressman Chris Chocola, called Trump “liberal on taxes, healthcare, and trade” and “an abuser of eminent domain.”
Trump has even found himself clashing with former Bush White House political adviser Karl Rove, who criticized Trump last week on Fox News.
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