Last week, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough enlightened the voting public about Donald Trump’s frightening inquiry about nukes. This Monday morning, he’s dropping a different type of bomb after the Republican nominee’s very bad week. The host of Morning Joe took to social media with a series of tweets which pointed toward several unnamed sources who claim a conservative candidate will soon step into the election ring and run as an Independent. Scarborough painted this person as heavily funded by the Republican establishment, who wishes to present an anti-Trump alternative. And this mystery entity has no elective-office experience but is fairly well connected and holds “an impressive resume.” Here are the applicable tweets.
The Republicans who are backing this contender are pulling a remarkably bold move. By their very definition, third-party candidates tend to divide voters, and since this person has already been fashioned as a Trump alternative, this would be a big gamble. In other words, those who would push this candidate must be more willing to increase Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning than to let Trump run the country for a term or two. Yet many conservative members of the party have never been satisfied with Trump as their candidate, and his recent run of embarrassing behavior — more so than usual — may have inspired drastic action.