The Republican presidential primary has taken another unexpected turn. Now a group of well-to-do donors is preparing to draft a retired general to run for president and take down Donald Trump.
Here’s the truth-is-stranger than fiction report from the Washington Examiner:
“A group of wealthy donors is preparing to draft retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis to run for president and taken down Donald Trump, according to reports.
“Nearly a dozen donors are willing to throw their resources behind the former head of U.S. Central Command. The group has delivered six memos to Mattis outlining how he could win the race in the hope that it will encourage him to run, the Daily Beast reported.
“The game plan would be for Mattis to win enough states to keep Trump and Hillary Clinton from getting the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. The House would then pick the president, and supporters believe lawmakers would support a former general widely seen as an American hero.”
Mattis served in the Marine Corps for 42 years, including as the head of American forces in the Middle East from 2010 to 2013, when he retired. He now serves as a Davies Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
The former four-star general is best known for his blunt speaking style and colorful quotes such as: “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
Here’s what a former national security adviser to Jeb Bush said about Mattis:
“He’s a man of character and integrity. He’s given his life to his country. How do you ask someone like that to leap headfirst into this toxic mud-puddle of a race? It’s damn hard. But Trump is a fascist lunatic and Hillary has one foot in a jail cell. That means the lunatic can win. I’d be first in line to plead with the general to come save America.”
Despite all the support, Mattis has said he’s not up for the job and doesn’t “have a broad enough perspective” to be commander-in-chief.
Although Mattis doesn’t seem to want to be president, this tactic by the general’s supporters could be carried out to benefit someone like John Kasich or Paul Ryan to win the Republican nomination.
How likely do you think this scenario is, and who would benefit to be the GOP nominee instead of Trump or Cruz?