Thursday, April 7, 2016

No One Is Stealing The GOP Nomination

Repeat post from March 31, 2016.  The reason I am repeating this is because I continue to hear this same mantra from the Trump supporters that they are worried the election will be stolen away from Donald Trump.  And last night, after Senator Ted Cruz stomped Trump in Wisconsin, the whining baby sore loser, Donald Trump himself, said Cruz was "more than a puppet, he was a Trojan Horse being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from him".  I guess in Trump's world, if someone beats you in a primary, that is not fair because it means they are trying to steal the election from you.
Let's set this straight once and for all.  No one is trying to "steal" the nomination away from Donald Trump.  Many, like me, are trying to do everything we can "within the rules" to make sure someone other than Trump wins the Republican nomination because we realize the electoral presidential disaster if Trump does win the nomination. But we are not going to steal it away from him if he earns it.

I continue to keep hearing how upset the Trump supporters will be if he goes into the convention with the most votes [delegates] and someone other than him wins the nomination.  If that happens they will say the nomination was stolen from Donald Trump. 


You don't win the nomination by having the most votes or having the most delegates.  You only win the nomination by having a majority of the delegates [i.e., 1237 delegates].  It has been that way since there has been a Republican Party, it is that way now, and it will always be that way.  You have to have a majority of delegates to win the nomination, not just a plurality of the delegates.  Those are the rules that every candidate knew when they submitted their name to run for president on the GOP side.  

Guess what another meaning of plurality is ..."minority".  The person who has a plurality [the most-but less than a majority] of the delegates has less delegates than the other candidates combined. That would be true about all the candidates, and that is why none of the candidates in that situation can or should be guaranteed the nomination.  

For those Trump supporters and media pundits [sorry for being redundant] who say that if Trump goes into the convention with the most delegates [but less than 1237] he "better get" the nomination, they are the ones who want to break the rules. 

To just automatically give the nomination to a candidate who does not get 1237 delegates on the first ballot would be giving the nomination to a candidate who did not win a majority of the delegates - and that actually would be stealing the election away from the "will of the people".  

If no candidate is able to win a majority of the delegates, then they keep having more ballots until one person is able to win a majority [1237] of the delegates.  It could take two ballots, it could take 10 ballots, it could take 100 ballots.  But unless and until someone is able to get the 1237 delegates needed, no one will have won the GOP nomination.  And nothing will have been stolen from any candidate because they weren't able to win 1237 delegates. 

       You can't bully your way to the nomination - it takes 1237 delegates to win, whether you think that is fair or not.
If Donald Trump wins 1237 delegates in the primaries and caucuses going into Cleveland but then the rules are changed to deny him the nomination, then and only then will Trump and his supporters have a right to complain that the nomination was stolen from him.

Absent that, let's make sure Donald Trump and his supporters don't bully the GOP into giving the nomination to Trump without garnering 1237 delegates.  That would be breaking the rules.
UPDATE:  March 31 at 1:30 pm, that proves how prescient this post is.

This just in from Gretchen Carlson host of "The Real Story" on the Fox News Network in a report from "campaign" Carl Cameron:  There has been a meeting today between Donald Trump and Reince Preiebus and the RNC in Washington, D.C.  Carl Cameron says, amazingly to me, that Donald Trump does indeed want to change the rules to say that you don't need a majority,1237 delegates, to win the nomination, but only a plurality.  Trump is maintaining it is not fair to him to have to win a majority of delegates [like it has been for every other candidate in the history of the Republican Party].  He feels like he is special and if he just has the most delegates, that is good enough and there should not be allowed a contested convention. 

Carl Cameron, says rightfully, what Trump wants is just not going to happen.  He must get 1237 delegates to win.

Sorry, Donald, if you don't get the 1237 delegates on any of the ballots at the convention in Cleveland, the delegates at the RNC will be speaking loud and clear:  "Donald, You're fired."
UPDATE:  April 6, 2016:  Here is Trump in his own words admitting it, "I don't care about rules, folks."

From Bret Baier's Special report news cast on Wednesday:

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