Republican Donors Will Still Help Trump. It’s a Matter of Self Interest

For those who are celebrating the supposed GOP civil war, it’s important to remember that when push comes to shove, Republican donors will still back Trump:

A top Republican fundraiser says he believes the majority of the party’s donor class will ultimately “fall in line” behind Donald Trump as the party’s presidential nominee despite last-ditch attempts by some wealthy conservatives to derail the billionaire front-runner.

“The majority of donors want to see a Republican victory,” Fred Malek, the finance chair of the Republican Governors Association, said in a telephone interview with The Hill on Friday.

“They might prefer somebody other than Trump but if he gets the nomination they will fall in line.”

This is the bottom line: the Republican Party’s base is held together by a variety of ideologies and prejudices. But Republican donors mostly act out of pure self-interest. Some like Sheldon Adelson have very specific interests in mind in terms of foreign policy or other issues, but mostly Republican donors simply want to keep more of their immense wealth without having to share with the unworthy poors. They’ll buy or pay off whomever they can in order to prevent the masses from getting access to “their” billions.

They may not like Donald Trump. They may think he’s a boor, bad for the future of their tax cuts and largely unreliable. But they’ll invest in him, anyway. And the so-called Republican civil war won’t be anything it was cracked up to be, because the donors will fall in line.

It’s not personal. It’s just business.

David Atkins

David Atkins is a writer, activist and research professional living in Santa Barbara. He is a contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal and president of The Pollux Group, a qualitative research firm.