A Republican National Committee official warned that Donald Trump and his supporters were destroying the GOP.
Holland Redfield, an RNC committeeman who represents the Virgin Islands, is shown on video recorded at a closed-door breakfast meeting Thursday urging party chairman Reince Priebus to stand up to the GOP frontrunner, reported Politico.
“You can argue with me, but we’re almost terrorized as members of our party,” Redfield said. “‘Shut up, toe the line, embrace each other, and let’s go forward’ — I understand that, but there is a limit to loyalty. I am loyal to this party by speaking out on these very issues.”
Redfield argued that Trump was basically holding party officials hostage by threatening to mount a third-party campaign if the GOP establishment failed to back him.
“As a party we owe it to ourselves to speak up, and not let the tail wag the dog, and not let someone say, all of a sudden, ‘If you don’t play my game, then I’m running as an independent,'” Redfield said.
The RNC committeeman complained that partisan gridlock had contributed to the wave of voter outrage that has swept Trump to the top of GOP polls since midsummer — and he said the real estate tycoon and reality TV star was causing permanent harm to the party.
“You always hear the argument, ‘Well, this is what people are thinking,’ so if this is what people are thinking in this party, as far as I’m concerned — we’re going in the wrong direction,” Redfield said.
Watch the video posted online by Politico: