Private GOP Memo Reveals Trump Victory Would Only Mark the Beginning

Despite widespread worries about what a Donald Trump presidency might mean for the United States and the world, a leaked memo sent from the campaign arm for Senate Republicans reveals the party establishment is more than ready to take lessons from the billionaire celebrity’s agenda.

The document is a 7-page memo written by the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), and outlines a scenario in which the GOP front-runner—who’s recently said his White House would set up a database of Muslims living in the US., has mocked a journalist’s disability, would bring back waterboarding, kill family members of terrorists, and repeatedly makes false statements—is the party’s nominee.

It was written by NRSC executive director head Ward Baker on September 22, 2015, and was first reported by the Washington Post.  The NRSC told the Post that it’s written similar memos on scenarios where other other candidates secure the nomination.

The memo to the body’s senior staff states: “Trump has risen because voters see him as authentic, independent, direct, firm, — and believe he can’t be bought. These are the same character traits our candidates should be advancing in 2016. That’s Trump lesson #1.”

Baker writes that staff should “understand the Trump phenomenon,” and he puts forth both criticism and praise for Trump.

Baker writes that Trump “says what’s on his mind and that’s a problem,” and also characterizes him as a “misguided missile” who “is subject to farcical fits.” Baker also notes that the mogul “has said some wacky things about women,” and that other candidates should “offer a quick condemnation” of his such statements.

Yet those in the party should should “avoid piling on the nominee” and “limit the Trump criticisms (other than obvious free kicks),” the memo states.