The rift between Donald Trump supporters and foes is hitting a feverish pitch on the public stage, but behind closed doors of the Republican National Committee, a bitter fight among the delegates and the leadership has been raging. One insider warns that the conflict could boil over onto the floor of the convention if the "RNC establishment elite" tries any "dirty tricks."
Diana Orrock, a Nevada national committeewoman and RNC member, delegate and Trump supporter, told CNBC on Monday the party is already fractured because the party leadership is pushing to stop Trump.
"The RNC [members] are trying to force nominees down the throat of delegates that the establishment elite like. Look what they have done in the past — Dole, McCain, Romney. Come on, it doesn't work," she said. "The national convention should not be a top down process. It's supposed to be about who the delegates want. Not what (RNC Chairman) Reince Priebus wants."
A.J. Spiker, past chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa and a former senior advisor to Sen. Rand Paul's presidential campaign, said the Republican consultant class is against Trump because he has not taken any special interest money, which would secure their influence over the president.
"He is not beholden to them," Spiker said. "These are people you wouldn't even want looking after your children.They are deadbeats. The Republican consultants want someone in the office they can have influence on. With Trump they would have no power. They would rather lose the election and keep the power of the Republican Party rather than win the election where they have no power."
The RNC declined to comment to CNBC.
The division within the RNC gained attention on Jan. 14, when Orrock posted on the "Following Liberty at the RNC Winter Meeting in Charleston" Facebook page. Her post lit up a passionate discussion among follow delegates:
You should have heard the diatribes from two RNC members this morning at our members-only breakfast. They didn't name him, but strongly admonished the members to not support Trump. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. So, here we have Trump, the consistent FRONT RUNNER, who could hand the GOP a landslide win with RNC backing, but all they want to do is take him out. Welcome to the organization that wants to destroy its own party and go against the will of the people and its voting base.
Orrock told CNBC she was "horrified" that morning. "They said he was the kind of Republican this party should not be supporting, and shame on any of us for supporting him," she said. "What surprised me the most was Chairman Priebus. He didn't say anything to put those kinds of comments in their place. Priebus' silence spoke louder — it said he supported their comments."