Established Republicans Fear Donald Trump

Although Donald Trump is a star, business icon, and his poll numbers are soaring, some Republicans fear that Trump is hurting the Republican brand. Trump's comments, where he said Mexico was sending criminals and rapists across the border, has caused NBC, Macy's and Univision to dump their relationships with him.

Republican strategist David Payne said “He's not hurting other candidates. He is risking the Republican brand."

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) praised Trump as “terrific” and “brash” on Fox News, adding, “I think he speaks the truth.” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) also defended Trump by saying “I would say to Donald Trump, I appreciate the scrappiness of him. … When he’s attacked by other people, he counterattacks and plunges forward, and he delivers more facts to support the statement that he’s made." These were the comments that started all the controversy, when Trump launched his campaign on June 16:

“When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best; they're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” Although his comments hurt his contracts with NBC and Macy's, they may have helped him in the polls as he is now second only to Jeb Bush in a national survey by CNN.

Yet, Bonjean added “He's a carnival sideshow that just sucks the air out of the room and steals the spotlight just for the simple fact that he wants to have the headlines. He has an ego the size of a Mack truck. People love watching Donald Trump because of the outlandish statements he makes. They love watching a car accident.” However, Trump hasn't backed down--on the contrary, he’s attacked his former business associates, announcing a $500 million lawsuit against Univision, after the network cut ties with Trump’s beauty pageants; berating a “weak and foolish” NBC; and calling for a boycott of Macy's.

Forbes puts Trump's net worth around $4 billion, and Trump has suggested that he will self-fund the majority of his campaign. Bonjean said “We don't want him standing on stage with other Republicans." Hector Sanchez with the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, an umbrella group of organizations that urged NBC to cut ties with Trump said “The Latino community is tired of all these anti-Latino voices."

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