The top members of Republican establishment, the top Tech-CEOs and the Billionaires flew to a remote island resort off Georgia’s coast this weekend for the Annual World Forum of the American Enterprise Institute, acc. to the sources acquainted with this secretive gathering.
The main topic of this secret conference was to stop the Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
Google co-founder Larry Page, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Tesla Motors & SpaceX honcho Elon Musk, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker all attended it. Along with Political guru Karl Rove, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, GOP Sens. Tom Cotton, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Cory Gardner, Tim Scott, Rob Portman and Ben Sasse who had recently made news and said he “can’t support Donald Trump.”
Along with Ryan, the House was also represented by Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton, Rep. Kevin Brady and the almost-Speaker Kevin McCarthy. The sources said that along with them the leadership figure Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, and Diane Black also attended.
Philip Anschutz, the billionaire GOP donor was also present, along with the Democratic Rep. John Delaney, representing Maryland. Arthur Sulzberger who is the publisher of The New York Times was also present, confirmed a Times spokeswoman.
“A specter was haunting this World Forum – the specter of Donald Trump,” wrote Kristol in an emailed report from conference, while borrowing the opening lines of Communist Manifesto. “There was ample unhappiness about his emergence, a good deal of talk, some of it insightful & thoughtful, about why he has done so well, and many expressions of hope that he would be defeated.”
“The key task now is to less to understand Donald Trump than to stop him,” wrote Kristol. “In general, there is a little too much brow-furrowing, hand-wringing, & fatalism out there & not quite enough resolving to save party from nominating or country electing someone who simply should not be president.”
A highlight of gathering was a demonstration by Rove about the focus group findings on Donald Trump. According to Rove, the business mogul’s greatest weakness was that the voters have a tough time envisioning Trump as “presidential” and as a someone, their children should look up to. They also see Donald Trump as somebody who can be erratic and should not have his small fingers anywhere near a nuclear trigger.
Sources familiar with the meeting reported said that much of the conversation Trump was centred on “how this happened, than on how are we going to stop him.’’