Will Donald Trump Talk Himself Out Of The Nomination?

Susan Macdonald

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.

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."

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."

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