Report: GOP Elite Wants Donald Trump To Lose, So They Can Run in 2020

Mitt Romney Interviews Former Running Mate Paul Ryan In Chicago
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The Daily Caller reports that the GOP’s establishment leaders are only pretending to support Donald Trump, because they want to run for president in 2016, despite their repeated defeats in 2008, 2012 and in the 2016 primaries.

A longtime Republican financial backer who attended a New York fundraiser held by Chris Christie for Donald Trump Thursday tells The Daily Caller that most Republican donors are on board with Trump, yet House Speaker Paul Ryan is hoping Trump loses so he can run in four years.

The source tells TheDC that the reason Ryan has not been coming out strongly for Trump is because of his desire to run in four years. Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has been fervently anti-Trump, also wants to run in four years, according to the longtime Republican backer. Romney will be 73 in 2020…

The longtime Republican financial backer told TheDC that Trump strongly believes he can put New Jersey, New York, and California in play, though there is the sense not a lot of money will be spent on these states. It’s a possibility the effort would be only designed to scare Hillary. The source went on to say that the Trump campaign seems most intent on winning in Pennsylvania.