Elitists never think rules apply to them. The man born with a silver spoon in his mouth is now swimming in an unfamiliar pond, full of fish not beholden to his every whim and demand. And he’s not exactly sure how to handle it outside of vague and threatening warnings to the country.
Despite the narrative being driven by those in the Trump controlled media, ‘almost getting a majority of the delegates’ is NOT a win. We do not rule by large plurality of 30%-40%, either as a country or as a party. And if one fails to receive a majority of the delegate votes, a contested convention is a normal part of the process.
These are long standing rules agreed upon by each candidate at the start of this race and not some hidden clause whipped out just in time to “steal a race.” Unfortunately for the party, we have a Republican front-runner who has less than an elementary understanding of not only excruciatingly important public policy, but even basic rules of a party convention, and is already attempting to lay groundwork for rioting if he’s not handed the nomination for an “almost win.”
Trump supporters, you need a civics lesson and here is a basic start. Take a deep breath and channel an adult. Voters do not elect our nominee. The party does. The party does not simply operate through a democratic process. The states get a choice but they must follow party rules and simply obtaining a large plurality is not enough for any one man to waltz off with the nomination. That doesn’t change simply because Trump demand it to be so.
Rules have always clearly stated that if one candidate fails to obtain the needed 1237 delegates, it is through heavy debate that a strong agreement be formed and a consensus candidate be nominated through a contested convention. National delegates are heavily, long time invested state leaders -elected by other invested state and grassroots activist. They aren’t the average voter who shows up to pull a lever every 4-8 years and can usually be found on Jimmy Kimmel unable to name the Vice President.
This rule has always been in place to protect the party from any populist or totalitarian fascist hell bent on hijacking our platform in an effort to rewrite Republicanism under his own banner and brand.
We are not electing a class president. We are electing a man to the most important position of the free world and nominating him on a platform that has long stood for small government, individual freedom, and personal responsibility. A conservative platform that Trump has coincidentally rarely supported and still consistently rejects both in policy and in character.
In the event that Trump can gain the needed delegates, it will be a clear win and an uncontested convention that results in a mass exodus of conservative voters from the Republican party, unlike any we have ever seen.
Those of us who think with our brains and not with our “feels” have nothing in common with anything Trump represents. And whether he destroys the party and the country, or his nomination leads to a Hillary presidency, it will be done with our heady warnings but not our participation.
Until then, I am 100% behind the man who can keep Trump from gaining the necessary delegates and will work for the same kind of contested convention that didn’t give us Republican nominee, Abraham Lincoln, until the third ballot.