The GOP is making yet another effort to save the presidential nomination from a blustering bigot named Trump … and hand it over to a yet-to-be named blustering bigot.
Dozens of Republican convention delegates are hatching a new plan to block Donald Trump at this summer’s party meetings, in what has become the most organized effort so far to stop the businessman from becoming the GOP nominee.
The delegates are angered by Trump’s recent comments on gun control, his racial attacks on a federal judge and his sinking poll numbers. They are convinced that Trump is an insufficiently conservative candidate and believe they will find enough like-minded Republicans within the next month to change party rules and allow delegates to vote for whomever they want, regardless of who won their state caucus or primary.
“This literally is an ‘Anybody but Trump’ movement,” said Kendal Unruh, a Republican delegate from Colorado who is leading the campaign. “Nobody has any idea who is going to step in and be the nominee, but we’re not worried about that. We’re just doing that job to make sure that he’s not the face of our party.”
It is also an “Anybody willing to face the hostile, violence-prone hordes that the GOP has been cultivating for a few decades and have thrown in with the guy you’re trying to push off the stage” movement. Good luck!
In a statement Friday, Trump dismissed the plots against him.
“I won almost 14 million votes, which is by far more votes than any candidate in the history of the Republican primaries,” Trump said. “I have tremendous support and get the biggest crowds by far and any such move would not only be totally illegal but also a rebuke of the millions of people who feel so strongly about what I am saying.”
Did I say good luck? I meant, duck!
The article outlines a number of hurdles to the Great Delegate Switcherooni, including Rience Priebus (who probably guzzles Pepto-Bismol like there’s no yesterday), does not approve. To which some other GOPeratives replied “You’re not the boss of the delegates!” and dumped some more money on the problem.
Another potential complication is that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and other top leaders have said delegates are required to reflect the results of state contests.
In response, a group of veteran Republican operatives is planning to raise up to $2.5 million to run an advertising campaign asserting that delegates can do whatever they want. The Citizens in Charge Foundation plans to bankroll the outreach campaign. It already paid for the publication of a book by Curly Haugland, a GOP delegate from North Dakota who wrote a book explaining why delegates are unbound.
No one has asked, but here’s my advice to any liberals who are thinking of protesting the RNC this year: Don’t bother. You’ll have to set the Cuyahoga on fire before anyone notices anything but the massive dumpster burning in the convention center.