The campaign arm of Senate Republicans is preparing for the possibility of real estate mogul Donald Trump outracing his contenders in the GOP presidential elections.
According to the Washington Post, the executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), Ward Baker, wrote a memo wherein he advises how his party’s Senate candidates would react should Trump emerge victorious in the elections. Calling Trump a “misguided missile … subject to farcical fits,” the advise in the memo is largely critical of the real estate mogul. “You’re running for the US Senate so focus on that,” Ward said. “Don’t get drawn into every Trump statement and every Trump dust-up. Keep the focus on your own campaign and the voters back home.”
The memo also sheds light on Trump’s comments about women. “Houston, we have a problem: Donald Trump has said some wacky things about women,” the memo says. “Candidates shouldn’t go near this ground other than to say that your wife or daughter is offended by what Trump said.”
There have been memos written on every Democratic and Republican candidate, according to the NRSC. These memos were shared in confidence with trusted Republican advisors. Spokeswoman for the committee, Andrea Bozek, said, “It would be malpractice for the Senatorial committee not to prepare our candidates for every possible Republican and Democrat nominee and election scenario.”
According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, Trump has the most support (27 percent), followed by Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
However, the memo did praise Trump’s efforts as well. According to Business Insider, the memo commended Trump’s style. “Trump is saying that the Emperor has no clothes and he challenges our politically correct times,” the memo read. “Our candidates shouldn’t miss that point. Don’t insult key voter cohorts by ignoring that America has significant problems and that Trump is offering some basic solutions. Understand the populist points Trump makes and ride that wave.”
In November, when he appeared on ABC’s “This Week,” Trump was asked about the guerilla effort undertaken by operatives within the Republican party to derail Trump’s candidacy. “I’m going to have to see what happens. I will see what happens. I have to be treated fairly,” he said. “When I did this, I said I have to be treated fairly. If I’m treated fairly, I’m fine. All I want to do is [have] a level playing field.”