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by Emilio Fabio Torsello

“Divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence and record-breaking unpopularity.” The words appear in a letter signed by over one hundred Republican party members asking the RNC to withdraw its support – and funds – from the real estate mogul whose “outrageous” remarks are causing so much controversy. Trump’s provocative and often extreme language when discussing topics ranging from foreign policy to homeland security has his party deeply troubled, and recent polling has led many Republicans to consider the presidential race already lost to Hillary Clinton even before voting has begun. The letter follows an open letter signed by 50 Republican national security experts, published just days ago, which declares that Trump would be “the most reckless president in US history.” The polls appear to echo the concerns within the GOP. According to an August 10th Ipsos/Reuters poll, at least one in five Republicans (44% of all registered voters) want Trump to drop out of the race. In particular, his performance in the polls suffered after he attacked relatives of a Muslim-American serviceman who died in Iraq, and following his alarming appeal to Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s email account. The Wall Street Journal is already using words like “tragedy” to describe the campaign, while some in the Republican establishment are considering the option of replacing the candidate, for example with John Kasich, who withdrew his own candidacy during the primaries, but is considered more competent than Trump. “The Donald” has also made unpopular comments concerning energy and the environment of late, claiming that he would scrap the COP21 Paris climate accords and resume construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which was suspended by the Obama administration and would transport 800,000 barrels of bitumen per day from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. Such views are in line with those of Trump’s current advisors. Among the latter stands out the fracking billionaire Harold Hamm, who is probably the most likely candidate for taking over the Department of Energy in a Trump administration, even though fracking and extraction research are going through a major crisis due to record-low oil prices.