Donald Trump versus the Republican Party is increasingly becoming a probability. As Donald Trump continue to pile up the necessary delegates needed to represent the RNC in the upcoming November election, the country is staring at change. Is that possible change going to be challenged? There are a couple of reasons to believe that will be the case.
There is a smidgen of a reality show feel when thinking about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. It is everything from the rallies, to the protesters who come out against those rallies, to the comments that Trump makes. It is “Real Presidential Candidates” that the voters see. Sadly, we are not watching reality television. Donald Trump is actually running for president. And Donald Trump is on his way to taking the Republican nomination.
The rallies have become a call to action for voters who have felt disenfranchised for years. As evidenced from the participation of the attendees, being disenfranchised means angry.
It is the anger of the Donald Trump voter that has taken over the headlines as of late. Oftentimes, there are requests to be frustrated which have led to fights involving those in the crowd and the people who are protesting — all of it which is fueled by Trump’s remarks. His base is strengthening, but the Republican Party is left scrambling, trying to figure out to slow his momentum down. Traditional Republicans are left with the thought of voting against their party if and when Donald Trump is nominated as the Republican presidential candidate. They are beginning to realize his legitimacy as the nominee, but understand that his current narrative could crumble their party to pieces.
To the traditional Republican, Donald Trump presents a paradox, a conundrum, if you will. They are virtually guaranteed to either cease their denouncement of Donald Trump and support him, or find an alternative. That alternative might be to not participate at all.
There is a possibility that Donald Trump’s nomination could be blocked by the Republican Party. According to People Magazine, a contested Republican convention, or a brokered convention, may be on the horizon.
Doing so would be unprecedented for this generation.
A contested Republican convention has not taken place since 1948. Many of us were either not alive in 1948, or old enough to remember it taking place. For perspective, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the oldest candidate, was only seven.
Nothing can be confirmed about a contested Republican convention, but it cannot be too surprising given that Trump is not an establishment candidate. That distinction was given to Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.
If the Republican convention does get contested, how would it work?
CNN went into detail with how a contested Republican convention could take place.
There may be a scenario created where Donald Trump falls short of reaching the required delegates needed to have the nomination. Prior to Super Tuesday, there were six Republican candidates. Six people, all looking for votes, the voting public could easily be swayed to go one way or another with their pledge.
Essentially, it was Donald Trump versus the field. And the larger the field, which offers an alternative to Donald Trump, the easier it is for votes to get split up.
As the Donald Trump phenomenon grew, so did the dissension and discord in the Republican Party. In order to slow down his momentum, candidates had to drop out of the race, leaving less votes to be divided amongst anyone opposing Donald Trump.
The result of last Tuesday’s state primaries left Marco Rubio on the outside looking in of the presidential race. Now the Republican Party has three candidates remaining. Along with Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz and Governor John Kasich are also running.
Many of the delegates that were given to the now defunct presidential candidates for the votes they received in the state primaries will become unbounded. It is a strong possibility that those delegates will go to someone other than Trump.
In most likely scenarios, Ted Cruz would receive the gift of delegates since he is the closest to Donald Trump in the race, but he has had a frosty relationship with the RNC. Also, given the tenor of his actions during the Republican debates, Cruz’s back and forth with Donald Trump may have turned off a few people. If so, John Kasich could be the beneficiary here.
With Marco Rubio now out of the race, and Kasich having finally won a state, the road could begin to pave for an actual candidate who could rival Donald Trump. The question now becomes: is it too little, too late?
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