The Republican National Committee is categorically denying reports that party officials are discussing how to replace Donald Trump in case he drops out of the presidential race before Election Day.
“No one at national party headquarters has been instructed to look into that doomsday scenario,” RNC strategist Sean Spicer told The Hill.
“Donald Trump is the nominee of the Republican Party full-stop,” Spicer said. “That’s the reality. The rest is just a media-pundit concoction.”
The Trump campaign dismissed reports that there is turmoil between the campaign and the RNC. In a Fox News interview, the Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort noted that the campaign raised $80 million in July — its best fundraising numbers yet.
“The only need we have for an intervention is maybe with some media types who keep saying things that aren’t true,” Manafort said.
Party leaders are working to get Trump back on message after a troublesome four days which have stoked fears that Trump will lose in November.
Many Republicans fear a Trump loss will have an impact on elections from the White House to the local elections.
The Clinton campaign has capitalized on these reports and has been actively lobbying Republicans, who are nervous about Trump, to support the Democratic presidential nominee.