LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – This is a critical week for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump who is facing critical assignments, defeating his opponent Hillary Clinton but more immediately, putting back together a fractured Republican Party.
Former State Senate Republican leader Ken Sikkema shares his thoughts on Donald Trump’s chances. “I for one believe he can’t win but he could win.”
Republican Party candidate Donald Trump has done very well are rallying his supporters, but can he rally dissident Republicans within his own party to support him in November?
Sikkema, the veteran Republican former leader of the Michigan Senate, thinks Mr. Trump has created a dysfunctional Republican Party. “I don’t think there is any question the Republican party is in complete disarray, it’s in complete dysfunction. There are so many factions that spend more time fighting each other than trying to defeat Democrats. So I think it’s just in complete disarray.”
To underscore the problem, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was approached last week about running as an independent candidate.
Noted conservative magazine editor Bill Crystal is leading that effort to find an alternative to Mr. Trump. It’s unlikely Mr. Romney will do it.
Others such as House Republican Speaker Paul Ryan have refused to endorse Mr. Trump while others have done it, but not with much enthusiasm.
State Sen. Arlan Meekhof is supporting the party. “I am voting for our nominee… whoever that is.” (reporter) with your nose held? “I’m voting for our nominee whoever that is” (reporter) Well that didn’t sound like a enthusiastic endorsement, Mr. Leader. “He is not my favorite candidate. Obviously Governor Kasich was, but again. A.B.C. anybody but Clinton.”
Mr. Sikkema says Republican leaders like House Republican Speaker Kevin Cotter have to be concerned about what impact a Trump candidacy at the top of the ticket will have on House Republicans running for their political lives at the bottom. “You’ve got to worry about your own candidates that are running and to make sure his candidacy doesn’t damage your prospects for your candidates in November.”
Republican Senator Mike Shirkey, who supported Ben Carson, thinks Mr. Trump has a lot to offer the electorate. “His strong points or that he knows how to interpret the will of the people. He knows how to communicate and I think he’s proven through his entire career that he knows how to put deals together.”
Some might argue, Mr. Trump beating Hillary Clinton may be easier than putting the fractured Republican back together again. The Democrats are hoping he can’t.