Donald Trump needs 1,237 delegates to secure the Republican nomination for president. Without 1,237 delegates, Trump risks a brokered convention, where the delegates to the Republican convention in Cleveland, OH, this July — not the voters — will decide who will be the GOP candidate for president. Trump has a major problem, according to the AP. His complaints against the Republican party in general and the process of choosing a candidate in particular are not endearing him to the delegates
“Should Trump fall short of that clinching number going into the Cleveland convention in July… his rantings against the party are likely to annoy the delegates who would then decide the nominee.”
Donald Trump, a businessman and reality TV show host, has been running on the strength of being an outsider rather than a career politician. However, the downside of being a political outsider is a lack of experience with how the system works. The Wall Street Journal quoted Trump as complaining that the Republican Party’s nomination system is rigged, comparing the admittedly complex system to “unfair trade, immigration, and economic policies that have also been rigged against Americans.”
Donald Trump has 7.6 million followers on Twitter, and he has not been shy in sharing his opinions with them.
Lyin' Ted Cruz will never be able to beat Hillary. Despite a rigged delegate system, I am hundreds of delegates ahead of him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2016
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, also took to Twitter to publicly school Trump.
Nomination process known for a year + beyond. It's the responsibility of the campaigns to understand it. Complaints now? Give us all a break
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) April 13, 2016
According to the AP, Trump believes the electoral “process should favor the candidate who wins the most votes during the primary campaign.” On Meet the Press today, Priebus reminded viewers that a majority and a plurality are different, and most areas of the United States government require a majority. He also said that he wouldn’t redo the convention rules at this point in time.
“The rules are set…. I’m not going to allow anyone to rewrite rules for the party.”
This is not the first time that Trump’s campaign has had trouble learning the necessary rules in advance. As reported in The Inquisitr previously, Donald Trump’s daughter and chief supporter, Ivanka Trump Kushner and her brother Eric Trump, will be unable to vote for their father in the New York primary. Ivanka and Eric Trump were registered as independents and didn’t bother to find out how or when they needed to re-register as Republicans in order to vote for their father.
Ron Kaufman, chairman of the Republican National Committee’s Budget Committee, a member of the RNC’s Rules Committee, and a former assistant to President George H. W. Bush, has admitted the rules are confusing.
“To be fair, it’s complicated for everyone. And I understand why someone who’s never done it before, and hasn’t taken time to learn it, gets frustrated.”
Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich are both working on securing delegates as much or more as they are on securing voters. If Trump doesn’t have 1,237 delegates by the time of the Cleveland convention, then the Republican party will see its first brokered convention in decades. Given that Trump has been less than kind than to the delegates, after the first ballot, when most delegates will be free to vote their consciences, many political analysts have wondered how many delegates will cast a vote for Donald Trump once they are no longer required to do so. Despite his many popular votes, has Donald Trump talked himself out of the nomination by insulting the delegates?
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