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Posted by: Javier Manjarres (@thesharktank1) on November 24, 2015

If they can’t win the 2016 Republican presidential primary race fairly, the Republican establishment will then have no other choice but to pull a page out of the Democratic Party playbook, and cheat their way to victory.

Well, they  may not actually cheat like the Democrats do, rather take a much darker, muddier road to victory.

GOP presidential primary frontrunner is Donald Trump, and establishment Republicans are shaking in their boots that the “Trumpster” could become the nominee that will certainly face Hillary Clinton in the general election.

Even with polls showing that virtually all of the candidates in the GOP field can beat Hillary in a head-to-head, Republicans are now reverting to desperate, scorched-earth politics to try to take Trump down because they feel he will lose against Bill Clinton’s wife.

Republican donors with links to several presidential candidates – as well as a prominent GOP operative – are pooling their resources in a new effort to go after Donald Trump and keep the party’s presidential front-runner from winning the nomination.

According to Fox News, “the most recent bid is a reported “guerrilla campaign” led by a group called Trump Card LLC and run by Liz Mair, former communications official for the Republican National Committee.

The group’s goal, according to The Wall Street Journal, is to collect money from anonymous donors to “defeat and destroy” Trump, who has essentially led the GOP presidential field since declaring his candidacy this summer.

Further, the super PAC supporting fellow GOP candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich is planning to air attack ads against Trump in New Hampshire. And, in a sign of the project’s appeal among donors, it is starting to get funding from donors backing candidates other than Kasich.

Fox News has learned that, as of Sunday, 10 new donors pledged money to the group, New Day for America, since a report Thursday on the super PAC’s plans.

The group confirmed most of those donors are supporting other candidates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Among them, California donor Jeffrey Le Sage told Reuters, which first reported on the new donations, that he wants to help “stand up to Donald Trump.”

Le Sage, a Bush donor, confirmed to Fox News that he donated to the pro-Kasich group.

All this political fun and games is above board, it just looks shady. But heck, if I had the vested interests that many of these donors and operatives have in their respective campaigns, and seeing that nothing being thrown at him is sticking, I too would revert to taking this course of action to topple Trump.

The problem with this tactic is that it can really backfire. All of the attacks against Trump thus far have only served to galvanize more Americans into supporting his campaign, which is reflected in the most recent Fox News poll, where Trump increased his lead, as did Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

Carson dropped 5 points.

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