Byron York: Establishment GOP Appears Poised To Destroy Trump

Assuming he holds his commanding lead, Donald Trump appears headed for victory in next year's GOP primaries.  But establishment Republicans don't like it. In fact, far from coming to terms with the Trump phenomena, quite the opposite may be happening, according to Columnist Byron York, who say's that some in the GOP want to destroy Trump.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/gop-establishment-readies-for-war...

It wouldn't be the first time Republicans ate their own. They did it in 2012.  Offering only half-hearted support for Mitt Romney, Republicans all but assured Barack Obama a second term as President. 

Never mind our opinions of either Romney or Trump.  GOP mainstreamers could be setting it's bearings on a course of self-destruction in 2016 similar to the losing strategy of 2012.  The spectacle of yet another round of political cannibalization could very well usher in four years of Hillary Clinton. 

The GOP needs to grow up. 

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TRUMP:  Trump To Give ‘Start Your Engines’ Command At Dayton

President Donald Trump will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the Daytona 500.

Daytona International Speedway officials named Trump the grand marshal for NASCAR’s season opener, meaning he will deliver the most famous four words in auto racing. “Gentleman, start your engines,” has been a staple of races around the country and world for decades.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said Thursday the president plans to attend the race. Track president Chip Wile confirmed the news in a release.

“Daytona International Speedway has been privileged to have hosted several sitting presidents of the United States over our history,” Wile said. “We’re honored that the president of the United States has chosen to experience the pageantry and excitement of ‘The Great American Race.’”

Trump is the third sitting president to attend a race at Daytona, but only the second to attend the Daytona 500. George W. Bush attended in 2004. Trump is the first to be given an honorary role in pre-race ceremonies.

Trump is scheduled to spend part of the Presidents Day weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday and the U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, also tweeted to fans that drones are prohibited within 30 miles of the race in Daytona Beach — a restriction put in place for presidential visits.

Trump has hosted previous NASCAR champions at the White House and last October awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to motorsports titan Roger Penske. Last year, Trump also praised retired driver Mario Andretti, the Daytona 500 winner in 1967, reminiscing about a ride Andretti gave him in a race car for his reality show “The Apprentice.”

“I said, ‘Mario, get me out of here. I want to get out of this car,’” Trump recalled. “We went so fast. We literally — we covered four blocks in like a second.”

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