Many Republican officials don’t want Donald Trump around, but they’re too afraid to challenge him in public, according to Atlantic journalist McKay Coppins.
“They all wanted him gone, but no one wanted to confront him directly,” Coffins told CNN on Monday. “There is a fear that if they go after him or try to rally around someone else, there will be a backlash from his base.”
He explained in the latest CNN and The Atlantic reports that party insiders are hoping something will happen to remove Trump from the scene, like an indictment.
But there is another secret hope among those silent anti-Trump Republicans.
“A lot of people just want it. [Trump’s] Catastrophic death,” former Congressman Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) told Coppins, according to a report by The Atlantic. “I want to be clear. I’m not in that camp. But I’ve heard a lot of people go on stage, put on red hats, and call the next day and say, ‘I can’t wait for this guy to die.
When asked about it on CNN, Coppins said it wasn’t the only time he’d heard those feelings.
“I am amazed at how often I hear this,” he said. “At first I thought it was a morbid, dark joke. But I’ve heard it so often that it’s starting to become clear to me that this is what many Republicans actually believe and speaks to the urgency of the party.”
Read the full report here and watch the CNN interview below.