Since Donald Trump annihilated the Republican competition last week, we’ve seen a variant of responses from Republicans where they’re reluctantly supporting, coming around to it, or simply saying straight out that they would not support him as their nominee and some have even refused to say anything at all.
POLITICO is reporting that “two prominent House allies of Paul Ryan broke with the speaker Friday over his decision to withhold support from Donald Trump.”
Those allies are House whip Reps. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia and Dennis Ross of Florida.
Over the last few months, there was the suggestion that Paul Ryan could make a run as the GOP nominee, in order to cut Trump off at the pass at the convention. And though he denied that he would, it would appear now that he’s more involved with trying to control Donald Trump than he might have expected.
The article covers the interview with the Representatives, who wonder why Ryan is not supporting Donald Trump.
The spotlight is currently on Paul Ryan as the leader of the congressional Republicans and Reince Priebus as the chair of the RNC, who have made more of an effort to accept Trump.
Both of these men, however, are not admitting it, but Republican senator Lindsey Graham already made his prediction last month on Morning Joe, while Donald Trump was winning primaries.
But just like the party’s response to Donald Trump’s win, it seems that each Republican is willing to say what they want, but not in any unified way for the party.
Lindsey Graham’s view could be seen as purely his opinion, but most would rather not say anything at all while they still seem to be wasting a lot of time with not knowing what to do.
Is it perhaps possible that they have something else in mind for the convention?
On the Diane Rehm show, Norman Ornstein, who is a resident scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, said after the results of the Indiana primaries came in, what he felt was the GOP strategy against Donald Trump.
“I think what happened for at least what remains of a tattered Republican establishment in the last several days is that they really had two prospects here.
“One was that Trump would just simply go forward, even if they united in opposition to him because of this division and win 1,237 delegates. And the more he won, the more he would win and then, they’d be stuck with a nominee where they were on the opposite side. Or he would fall just a few delegates short and if they denied him the nomination under those circumstances, Cleveland would make Chicago 1968 look like a picnic by comparison and they would have an even deeper division and Trump would go out there and try and destroy the party at all levels.”
The Inquisitr wrote about the prediction made by Rachel Maddow, which made a similar comparison.
“…So I think this was an Obi-Wan Kenobi moment in a lot of ways and some of what you saw, including John Boehner, you know, calling Cruz Lucifer in the flesh, was aimed at heading off this great division. Now, you’re going to see, I think, a concerted effort by Reince Priebus and many others to get people to fall in line, even if they don’t like Trump, to say, well, we can’t let Hillary Clinton dominate the Supreme Court and so on. It’s not going to work entirely and we still don’t know if there’ll be some kind of rogue independent effort or rump effort out there.”
Over the weekend when Ted Cruz was still in the race, after his appearance on Meet The Press, Kristin Welker a journalist for NBC News, talked about the idea of a contested convention and how the GOP simply wasn’t feeling it.
“…even if it’s not over, even if he ekes out a win somehow, in talking to Republicans, they say, ‘We just don’t have the appetite for a contested convention.’ It seems like that desire that they had several weeks ago, several months ago, is slowly ceding away as Donald Trump is gaining ground in the delegates.”
Thus far, it appears to be the case, that there’s no real plan here to get around the fact that Donald Trump is the party nominee.
— The Infidel (@Grand_Infidel) April 24, 2016
And they certainly can’t have high hopes that they’re going to win the White House this year against Hillary Clinton, despite that some conservatives try to paint the former secretary as a weak candidate, when it’s really their own Donald Trump who now fits that descriptor.