Since Donald Trump racked up a huge delegate count during the primary, the “Dump Trump” movement has had little reason to continue, with the notion that no one was quite sure what to expect for the general election.
Initially, no one was very sure as to the RNC rules for delegates in the context of a contested convention, but it was clear that some Republican leaders were working to come together to support Donald Trump, but as the weeks pass with the continuous cycle of issues to politicize in the news, Donald Trump has shown no sign of wanting to becoming more presidential with reports of him rejecting insight from his advisors or the GOP leadership.
As a matter of fact, he’s doubled-down.
The Washington Post might now be setting itself up to draw more fire from Donald Trump, who has already “revoked” the media company’s press access to his events according to The Christian Science Monitor, because the source is reporting that dozens of GOP delegates are organizing to not only push Donald Trump out of party meetings over the summer, but they’re actively organizing to dump Trump at the party’s Cleveland convention.
Earlier in the year Inquisitr wrote about a prediction that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow made around the idea that the GOP would dump Trump at the RNC and vote for a completely different candidate as their nominee.
Donald Trump annihilated his competition early in the race, forcing all of the candidates to suspend their campaigns and forcing long-time party Republicans to find some way to support him.
Since the nomination, however, he’s hardly pulled back from his abrasive rhetoric, causing those same Republicans to put out his fires.
As to the delegates, The Washington Post describes the details of the planned revolt.
“Given the strife, a growing group of anti-Trump delegates are convinced that enough like-minded Republicans will band together in the next month to change party rules and allow delegates to vote for whomever they wants, regardless of who won state caucuses and primaries.”
It’s possible that House Speaker Paul Ryan has contributed to the revolt. It was revealed in a clip for his upcoming interview on Meet The Press, published in different reports, that he used the word “conscience” as to how they should vote, which would suggest them to use the “conscience clause” to “unbind delegates and allow them to vote for anyone,” as the Washington Post article writes.
Donald Trump has responded to the actions taken against him, saying that there are no rules that will allow anyone to take the nomination away, but as the Washington Post report says, the delegates completely disagree.
Towards the end of Kasich’s and Cruz’s campaigns, they were reportedly trying to force a contested convention, pandering to grab as many delegates as possible, creating friction among those who were claiming their loyalty with Trump such as Gov. Paul lePaige of Maine.
The Post states that all other attempts to coordinate outside of forcing a contested convention, has fizzled for those delegates who are currently coordinating against Donald Trump, and are therefore picking up from where the two previous candidates left off.
There is no question that they would have to work fast in time for the Cleveland convention next month.
This would mean that these delegates would have to be fully committed to stopping Trump, and trying to round-up more delegates to do so, but more importantly, they will be using Ted Cruz’s Super PAC Courageous Conservatives, to finance the effort.
The article also points out that they intend to approach the committee days before the convention to get approval, so this would not be an insurgent effort.
There will even be a campaign to drive the message through ads ahead of the convention saying that as delegates, they can do what they want, while they’re still working to get a list of the delegate names to study on Monday.
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