The writing has been on the wall since day one of Donald Trump’s candidacy for president began in June of last year. The billionaire mogul has raised through the GOP ranks crushing 17 individual presidential candidates from Rand Paul to Ted Cruz dreams of the White House. That’s a lot of toes to step on often through nasty slurs and innuendo.
Fast forward to next month’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH. It will be the last gasp movement to stop the wildly controversial New Yorker from becoming the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. The uprising is picking up steam in this election 2016 as concerns about his campaign multiply.
The problem for the disgruntled is in the basics; there is no alternative candidate around whom delegates can rally behind. Furthermore, high-ranking GOP stalwarts show little enthusiasm to the possibility of utter chaos at the nationally televised convention and the mainstream media looking for blood in the water.
Several factions are trying to “unbind” delegates from Trump which could deprive him of the nomination on the first ballot. If the rules committee agrees to release bound candidates, is there one replacement that could actually hold the rabid Trump base, bring the anti-Trump voters back into the fold and woo undecided independents?
Time is wearing thin for the biggest question at this time. The Dump Trump groups are pointing out the chaos of The Donald’s campaign before the general election even begins. For instance, on Monday the billionaire fired his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and ended it with the release of dismal fundraising numbers.
Kendal Unruh, a GOP Ted Cruz delegate from Colorado, intends to introduce a “conscience clause” allowing delegates to vote for whomever they wish. She intimated to The Hill that a conference call on Sunday was held with a maximum capacity of 1,000 participants. Another such call is scheduled for next Sunday or Monday that could reach possibly 5,000.
Not to be outdone, Dane Waters, an adviser to another group calling itself “Delegates Unbound,” plans to launch an advertising campaign targeting delegates to decide for themselves; resolution or not. “We’re having conversations with specific delegates; we’re reaching out to officials at the RNC. To us, it’s like a campaign,” Waters added.
The notion that delegates are bound to a particular candidate via primary results is false in Waters view. He credits a book co-authored by North Dakota Republican National Committee (RNC) representative Curly Haugland. It is based on language governing the process dating back to 1880.
Should any of the above come to fruition, Trump and his supporters would put up a ferocious fight in Cleveland before millions of voters watching on TV. They will cry out that Trump got far more votes than any other candidate during the primary process.
CNN reported that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has been talking to state party chairmen to try to gauge the seriousness of the effort to thwart Trump. An RNC spokeswoman explained in an email that “The rules that will govern the 2016 convention will be created by the Convention Rules Committee and approved by the delegation.” In other words, the chances of a delegate uprising succeeding are slim to none.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that “The last thing I would do is tell anybody to do something that’s contrary to their conscience.” Interpretation; “Paul Ryan gave us the green light, Of course it was in reference to my effort,” said Unruh.
By Dwight L. Schwab Jr., Bay Area Moderate Conservative Examiner