Obama’s ‘Genuineness’ Convinces Billionaire GOP Donor to Leave Republican Party
Many within the GOP believe that Obama’s sudden entrance back into the political landscape, to attack Trump by name in an effort to help Democrats win the House and perhaps even the Senate, is anything but fair and normal. After all, past presidents usually stray away from attacking their predecessors by name, but these certainly aren’t normal times.
Obama’s messaging appears to be working, as poll numbers now indicate that Democrats have a very solid chance of winning the House, while the Senate, which one would never had thought could possibly turn blue in 2018, now is in play as well. Additionally, one major billionaire GOP donor, Les Wexner, has decided to leave the party after meeting President Obama on Thursday.
Wexner, who is the CEO of L Brands, the parent company of Victoria Secret and Bath & Body Works, told lawmakers this week that he is no longer a Republican, opting instead to identify as an independent, following his meeting in Columbus, Ohio with Mr. Obama.
“I was struck by the genuineness of the man; his candor, humility and empathy for others,” Wexner said of Obama. “I just decided I’m no longer a Republican.”
Wexner gave a staggering $500,000 to Jeb Bush for his presidential run in 2015, and has donated over $2.8 million to the ‘With Honor’ super PAC, which endorses Democratic and Republican candidates.
While the monetary loss from Wexner’s GOP departure certainly can’t make any within the party happy, it may be the signal he’s sending to other donors, that could hurt the party for years to come.