With rare humility, Trump concedes he could come up short
Aug 12 2016 by Francis Osborne
Straying from his trademark bravado, Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday that his presidential campaign is facing challenges and could ultimately fall short - a rare expression of humility by the Republican presidential nominee.
The Republican letter says "we also know that many have doubts about Hillary Clinton, as do many of us".
"None of us will vote for Donald Trump", said the group, which includes former homeland security chiefs, intelligence directors, senior presidential advisors and a former USA trade representative.
The foreign policy letter, published Monday, faulted the Republican presidential nominee on his understanding of global affairs and said he "lacks the character, values and experience to be President". It's a strategy that initially anxious some Clinton aides, who feared he would drown out their candidate's general-election message.
In a draft letter with more than 70 signatories that is expected to be formally sent next week, they warn of "the catastrophic impact" they predict Trump's campaign will have on other Republicans who are running this year. Critics slammed Trump this week for appearing to suggest that gun-rights supporters could shoot Clinton to prevent her from appointing federal judges as president, and he drew criticism for standing by a false claim that President Barack Obama founded the Islamic State.
Democratic strategists have long argued the party could win the White House with Obama's political coalition, the group of minority, young and female voters who twice boosted him to victory. In fact, what our group is doing is we are supporting Senate candidates who are Republicans, House candidates who are Republicans. He said Christians, who make up a majority of the American electorate, need to have their voices heard. "This is not just about rolling up the score". "But I think by the same measure, Hillary Clinton has to do the same thing, be frank and honest with the American public so we can move on and deal with the real issues affecting our homes, our families and our communities".
"We believe that Donald Trump's divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide", said a draft of the letter obtained by Politico. "We may not agree on everything, but this is not a normal election and I will work hard over the next three months to earn the support of anyone willing to put our country first".
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The letter was published as Clinton's campaign accelerated efforts to recruit prominent Republicans who may be primed to defect and support her after Trump's rhetorical missteps and continued intra-party feuding.
"I'm sure they were happy to have it, but we wanted to try and make this be an independent effort".
The next day, Clinton published a column in Salt Lake City's Deseret News titled "What I have in common with Utah leaders - religious freedom and the Constitution".
"We're having a problem", Trump told the ministers, adding that the next president could get to nominate up to five high-court justices. Yesterday, he helped launch a group called R4C16, which stands for Republicans for Clinton in 2016. "He just put out a tweet saying it's untrue", he said of Priebus. But down-ballot Republicans in swing states, at least for now, are staying afloat. Clinton's lead over Trump in national polls has widened in recent days, while a growing number of fellow Republicans have declared they won't support their own party's nominee.
Frustrated former Republican elected officials and party staffers are urging the Republican National Committee to stop supporting Donald Trump and instead focus all available resources on winning down-ballot races.
Republicans caution the race remains far from settled, especially since voters don't particularly like either candidate. He said he would do what was best for the party.