That was the near-unanimous view of some of the nation’s wealthiest and most influential Republicans Saturday night as they gathered for a political briefing at billionaire Wilbur Ross’ Southampton estate with national GOP Chairman Reince Priebus.
Trump’s rise as the front-running GOP candidate for president was expected to dominate talk at the gathering of about 60 Republican bigwigs and high rollers, including builder/developer Earl Mack, Gristedes owner and biofuels magnate John Catsimatidis, the Tiger Fund’s Julian Robertson, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and state GOP Chairman Ed Cox.
But it became clear early on that that wasn’t going to be the case because so many of those at the event see Trump as a fatally flawed candidate, much as they’ve seen him as a flawed and often off-putting businessman over the past three decades, a source who was present told The Post.
“These are people who know Trump well, people who have known Trump for years as part of the social and financial fabric of the city,” the source said. (Read more from “GOP Big Shots Aren’t Taking Donald Trump Seriously” HERE)