High-ranking Republicans close to the Donald Trump campaign are reportedly planning an intervention for the Republican presidential nominee. This news, first reported by NBC, comes after shocking displays over the last two days, which has led prominent party members to question his campaign’s viability.
Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are among the Trump supporters who plan to have a talk with their candidate. The men also hope to get Trump’s children, Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric, on board to soften the confrontation.
According to NBC, the idea of an intervention was first floated after Trump repeatedly attacked the Gold Star family of a U.S. Army Commander; told a veteran that he’d “always wanted” a Purple Heart and it was “easier” to get one as a gift; refused to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan or Arizona Senator John McCain in their reelection bids; ejected a crying baby from a rally; said he hoped his daughter Ivanka would “find another career” if she was sexually harassed at work; and expressed fears that the November election will be rigged. The Republican leadership hopes to completely change the course of the Trump campaign.
In a Wednesday interview with Fox News, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort denied rumors of an intervention, stating that the meeting would not be necessary. “The only need we have for an intervention is with some media types who keep saying things that aren’t true,” Manafort said. “The candidate’s in control of his own campaign.”