ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl reported Wednesday that the Republican National Committee is considering its options in case Donald Trump drops out of the presidential race. Karl said, “I am told senior officials at the party are actively exploring what would happen if Trump dropped out, how to replace him on the ballot.”
Karl continued, “The answer is they can’t force him out. He would have to go out voluntarily then it would be the 168 members of the RNC through a complicated process that would pick a new candidate. It would have to happen by early September.”
“This is absolutely unprecedented,” Karl said. “I am told that RNC chairman Reince Priebus is furious — he has had multiple discussions with Trump telling him he needs to drastically change course. ”
The RNC’s concerns about Trump come after he continued to attack the parents of the late Capt. Humayun Khan in media appearances, which last did on The O’Reilly Factor, Tuesday night. Khan, a naturalized citizen and a Muslim, died in 2004 during combat operations in Iraq, and potentially saved hundreds of other soldiers from a suicide bomber.
Veterans groups, including the VFW and the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), have sharply rebuked Trump for continuing to criticize Khan’s Gold Star parents.
The VFW issued a statement that said,
“Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has a history of lashing out after being attacked, but to ridicule a Gold Star Mother is out-of-bounds, said the new national commander of the near 1.7 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliary.
“Election year or not, the VFW will not tolerate anyone berating a Gold Star family member for exercising his or her right of speech or expression,” said Brian Duffy, of Louisville, Ky., who was elected July 27 to lead the nation’s oldest and largest major war veterans organization.
“There are certain sacrosanct subjects that no amount of wordsmithing can repair once crossed,” he said. “Giving one’s life to nation is the greatest sacrifice, followed closely by all Gold Star families, who have a right to make their voices heard.”