Team Trump Looks At Blacklist Against #NeverTrump

There are a couple media attacks on Donald Trump occurring. One is about him acting as his own spokesman. Really? Is this really like a grade A scandal? Let’s compare it to Hillary using an unsecured email server in contradiction of the law, exposing national security information to any who cared to hack it. They’re also upset about Trump refusing to release his taxes. That’s a line that they should be concerned about, as should Team Hillary, because it will get people wondering why Hillary won’t release her Goldman-Sachs and other speech transcripts.

What is concerning, though, is this

(Politico) Donald Trump’s campaign is considering hitting his Republican enemies where it hurts: Their wallets.

As Trump moves to work in closer concert with the Republican National Committee apparatus, some campaign aides and allies are pushing him to block lucrative party contracts from consultants who worked to keep him from winning the nomination, according to four sources familiar with the discussions.

“The Never Trump vendors and supporters shouldn’t be in striking distance of the RNC, any of its committees or anyone working on behalf of Donald Trump,” said a Trump campaign official.

The blacklist talk — which sources say mostly targets operatives who worked for Never Trump groups, but also some who worked for Trump’s GOP presidential rivals or their supportive super PACs — strikes against a Republican consulting class that Trump has assailed as a pillar of a corrupt political establishment. It’s a sweet bit of turnabout for Trump aides and consultants who in recent months were warned that their work for the anti-establishment billionaire real estate showman could diminish their own career prospects.

It should concern Republicans that, even before Trump is the official GOP presidential nominee, he is already showing authoritarian convictions, looking to punish his “enemies”. This is shades of Obama, who talked of punishing enemies and rewarding friends. Who has used his bully pulpit, and the power of the federal government, to punish his enemies….well, domestic ones, not enemies of the United States…and reward his friends. Is this where Donald wants to take the GOP? Punishing the actual Conservative base, along with some Libertarians and plain old Republicans, simply because they refuse to get on-board the Trump Train.

Many Republican voters are concerned about Trump’s big government, domineering, authoritative stances. This blacklist talk certainly givers credence to their concerns, and sure won’t help in bringing them around to vote for him. But, then, Trump doesn’t seem interested in Conservatives of any stripe, including those who revere the Constitution. He’s more interested in wooing Democrats and Bernie Sanders supporters. Maybe there’s a reason for #NeverTrump.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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