I'd like to see somebody that would be a little less toxic. I'm not sure Trump's electable. — Roy Stringfellow, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Colorado Springs
I'd like to see somebody that would be a little less toxic. I'm not sure Trump's electable. — Roy Stringfellow, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Colorado Springs

It's probably better not to have somebody that is too old. I don't know how Trump is able to maintain the determination. At the end of the day I'm just pretty tired. — Richard Bott, chairman and CEO of Bott Radio Network
It's probably better not to have somebody that is too old. I don't know how Trump is able to maintain the determination. At the end of the day I'm just pretty tired. — Richard Bott, chairman and CEO of Bott Radio Network

One of the most secretive and powerful groups in GOP politics just had its cell phone numbers leaked. Here's what its members said about Trump 2024 when we started calling.
  • Several members of the conservative Council for National Policy were iffy on Trump running again.
  • The group is meeting at an undisclosed location in Colorado this weekend.
  • An unredacted directory of CNP members leaked this week so Insider called them up.
The members of an exclusive, powerful club of people at the center of US conservative policy and political movements told Insider they are not sold on Donald Trump as their next Republican nominee for president.

That secretive group, the Council for National Policy, is meeting in Colorado this weekend, Insider learned through interviews with six members. The organization has been meeting for four decades under a shroud of silence in upscale locations three times a year.

Insider started calling up the cell phone numbers of CNP members after Distributed Denial of Secrets, a transparency collective that publishes data in the public interest, posted the organization's unredacted directory on its website Wednesday.

"I'd like to see somebody that would be a little less toxic," said Roy Stringfellow, a longtime CNP member. Chuckling when asked whether Trump should run again, he added, "I'm not sure Trump's electable."

Fifteen people associated with the Council for National Policy answered their phones and most agreed to speak in interviews about the state of the GOP after four tumultuous years under Trump.

While Republicans are headed into a 2022 midterm election cycle where they have a very realistic chance of winning back control of both the House and the Senate, the conversations with Insider also revealed many conservatives are anything but sold about Trump leading the party for the 2024 campaign.

... Richard Bott, the chairman and CEO of Bott Radio Network, similarly said he thought Trump had kept his promises as president but demurred when asked whether he'd want him at the top of the ticket in 2024.

"It's probably better not to have somebody that is too old," said Bott. "I don't know how Trump is able to maintain the determination. At the end of the day I'm just pretty tired."

... According to the leaked directory, the Council for National Policy's membership includes the leaders of a range of conservative advocacy groups, including anti-abortion groups and think tanks, as well as CEOs, wealthy donors, pastors, leaders of conservative universities, and right-wing pundits.

The directory says the group's No. 1 value is to "honor God," and its vision statement calls for restoring "Judeo-Christian values under the Constitution."


In interviews with Insider, members discussed the importance of laws to limit abortion access, of pushing back on vaccine mandates, implementing voter ID laws and other measures they said were designed to weed out voter fraud, and of tightening immigration laws. Several people said they weren't confident that President Joe Biden had been elected fairly despite no evidence to support claims of widespread voter fraud.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/council-for-national-policy-members-trump-2024-2021-9