Trump Campaign Supports Democrat’s Effort To Strip Delegate Rights

Washington, DC, July 6, 2016 - The Donald J. Trump for President Campaign is working with the Democratic Attorney General of Virginia to strip Republican National Convention delegates in the state of their right to vote for candidates other than Trump. 

The vice chairman of Trump’s Virginia campaign, John Fredericks, has filed to intervene in a lawsuit by Virginia Republican delegate Beau Carroll. Carroll sued to ensure all Virginia delegates to the Republican National Convention maintain their right under Republican National Committee rules and bylaws to cast ballots for candidates according to their consciences.  Trump has claimed such efforts are “illegal,” and the Fredericks filing claims Republican delegates should face possible civil and criminal penalties if they choose to vote for a candidate other than Trump.  

The Washington Post reported last week that “[Frederick] said that he and seven other delegates intervened with the support of the Trump campaign.”

The Trump team is relying on Virginia’s Democrat Attorney General and Hillary Clinton-ally Mark Herring, who also intervened in the case.  They are also joined by Virgil Goode, who undermined Republicans in the last presidential election by running as the Constitution Party candidate against Mitt Romney.  

“Beau Correll’s litigation exposes an alliance between the Trump campaign and prominent Democrats to undermine the independence of political parties,” stated Delegates Unbound co-founder Eric O’Keefe.  “The Trump campaign is supporting unconstitutional Democratic party efforts to let states seize control of the Republican nomination process.”
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Oral arguments will take place beginning at 10:00 am EST on Thursday, July 7, 2016before Judge Robert E. Payne at the Spottswood W. Robinson III and Robert R. Merhige, Jr., Federal Courthouse, 701 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219

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