Big Business is having big doubts about its traditional political allies. Sen. Ted Cruz, who not long ago was considered the most offensive presidential candidate imaginable, is now the best-case scenario. Meanwhile, Donald Trump continues his march toward collecting the most delegates for the Republican presidential nomination in July, by which time it's doubtful there will be an American woman or racial minority whom he hasn't alienated.
The New York Times reports that companies including Coca-Cola, Google and Xerox are under organized pressure to keep their distance from a GOP convention that could be very ugly -- and very bad for business.
"'These are Maalox months for everyone,' said Bruce Haynes, a public relations consultant at Purple Strategies, a Virginia-based bipartisan communications firm. "If this is going to look like 1968, there will be people that say, 'That's not where I want my product placement,' " he added, referring to clashes between police officers and protesters at the Democratic convention in Chicago."