I keep hearing this all over the place and the media is awash in Trump bashing. Not American and don't know your political system all that well, why is this so bad for the Republican party?
Most Helpful Girl
Well, like others have said, 1. they can't control him. Donald Trump will do what Donald Trump wants to do, y'know? He's not going to sit around and be told what to do, he's going to make his own decisions. His decisions will not always align with what the other members want, but he won't care very much.
2. Even a lot of the Republicans have been kinda shocked by the things he said and he's offended quite a few of them. Donald Trump seems to be a laughing stock in everywhere except America. He's not exactly the most... Polite person to represent a country.2
Most Helpful Guy
Trump is upsetting the established order of things in the Republican party. How it usually works is a long term member of the party elite runs against a far right ultra conservative. The electorate thinks the ultra conservative can't win against the Democrats, so nominates the party insider. Everyone is kept out of the process by the major donors who provide most of the money needed to run a campaign. The donors control the candidates with their money.
Now Trump comes along, not a party insider, not an ultra conservative, and refuses all big donations. The party has no control over him, and the donors have no control over him, and all of them are completely freaking out. On top of that he has no political correctness, saying exactly what he thinks. He's on twitter every night until 3am ripping on everyone from the other candidates to the media.
Then he goes and rips into fox news, which NO REPUBLICAN EVER DOES. Fox holds the keys to getting face time in front of Republican voters, so you piss off fox and usually you're done. Trump just doesn't care, raising money for wounded vets instead of showing up for their last debate and bragging about how many millions in ad revenue he cost them.
So the Republican elites want him stopped, the donors want him stopped, the main stream Republican media want him stopped, but the more they hit him the harder he hits back, and the harder he hits back the higher his poll numbers go. It is full on panic mode with the Republican elites. They worry more about Trump winning than they do with Hillary, because they have no control over him and they most likely would have to wait another 8 years to run another insider instead of 4 if hillary wins.1