Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held a fundraiser for the “Trump Victory” committee at the former home of 1964 presidential candidate and five-term Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater on Saturday in Paradise Valley, AZ, much to the chagrin of the late-senator’s wife, Susan Levine.
Approximately 75 donors were expected to attend the event which benefits a joint effort between the Republican National Committee, 11 GOP state parties and the Trump campaign.
The Republican state parties participating include, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Louisiana and Wyoming.
When reached for comment by the Washington Post, Levine said:
“Ugh or yuck is my response. I think Barry would be appalled that his home was being used for that purpose. Barry would be appalled by Mr. Trump’s behavior — the unintelligent and unfiltered and crude communications style. And he’s shallow — so, so shallow.”
The former Goldwater estate, built by the man himself in 1957, is now owned by local business and civic activists and Republican Party members, Robert and Karen Hobbs.
Hobbs gave the New York real-estate mogul a tepid endorsement saying he’s not sure whether or not “Trump is conservative, but he’s who our nominee is.”
Entrance to the event cost a mere $2,700, while a photo with the candidate required a $10,000 donation and an additional $25,000 per couple to be named to the “Trump Victory” committee.
The ho-hum support for Trump by some Arizona Republican leaders is shared by others in Washington who came out this week either against Trump or said they are remaining neutral.
Former Deputy Secretary of State for President George W. Bush, Richard Armitage, announced Thursday that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton, “because [Trump] doesn’t appear to be a Republican, he doesn’t appear to want to learn about issues.”
In a similar vein, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee, said recently that Trump’s “gone off the track,” and that he doesn’t plan to endorse any candidate.
Former Republican presidential candidate and current Ohio Governor John Kasich told MSNBC that in regards to a Trump endorsement, “At this point, I just can’t do it.”
Former Republican convention sponsors have also started to drop their sponsorship of the party’s national meeting in July, citing Trump’s inflammatory remarks and controversial policy proposals over the past year.
Wells Fargo & Co., United Parcel Service Inc., Motorola Solutions Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Ford Motor Co., and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., have all announced they will not be participating in Cleveland.
Holding campaign rallies in Nevada and Arizona on Saturday, Trump responded to the criticism by threatening to self-fund his campaign if the GOP doesn’t being to coalesce its support around his candidacy.
“Life is like a two-way street right?”, Trump said. “They have to [help me] otherwise I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing, I’ll just keep funding my own campaign.”
The implication is that Trump will not help fund-raise for the national party if prominent Republicans keep publicly denouncing his campaign, money that is allocated to Congressional candidates to help retain majorities in the U.S. House and Senate.
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