Monday, June 20, 2016

#NeverTrump Gets Liftoff: Delegates Speak Up

The Post reports:
Dozens of Republican convention delegates are hatching a new plan to block Donald Trump at this summer’s party meetings, in what has become the most organized effort so far to stop the businessman from becoming the GOP nominee.
The delegates are angered by Trump’s recent comments on gun control, his racial attacks on a federal judge and his sinking poll numbers. They are convinced that Trump is an insufficiently conservative candidate and believe they will find enough like-minded Republicans within the next month to change party rules and allow delegates to vote for whomever they want, regardless of who won their state caucus or primary.
This should eradicate a number of nostrums perpetrated by Reince Priebus and the Trumpkins:
  • There is no alternative. 
  • The GOP has to stick together. 
  • There is unity. 
  • The #NeverTrump people are delusional.
None of the above is true.
  • The alternatives are unlimited. Delegates simply need to abstain on the first ballot. Then any number of Republicans can step forward as a unity candidate to lead the party in 2016. 
  • The GOP cannot stick together in support of Trump without sacrificing the White House and imperiling majorities in the House and Senate. 
  • Since Trump became the “presumptive” nominee, there is less unity than ever. Respected Republicans — e.g. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Sens. Mark Kirk (Ill.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Ben Sasse (Neb.) — have realized, as 7 in 10 voters who look upon him unfavorably have, that he is fundamentally unfit to lead a diverse country in a dangerous world. 
  • Apparently, the delusion was in thinking Trump could be “presidential” and that Hillary Clinton was so unpopular that literally anyone, even a racist ignoramus, could beat her.
Read the rest of Jennifer Rubin's op-ed HERE.

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