At long last, the 2016 Presidential nominees are settled…or are they? For a while there, all Americans had to learn the magic number 1237, as opponents schemed to block Donald Trump from reaching that many delegates so he would lose on the first vote and a different candidate could be chosen at the convention. Now, he will have far more than enough delegates, but some conservatives are citing the racism allegations over his criticism of the judge in the Trump University case as cause for the party to simply change the rules to deny Trump the nomination. Among them, radio host Huge Hewett and writer Amanda Carpenter. The “how” is vague, but you can read their arguments in the link. Of course, doing that would infuriate voters who supported Trump, but if the GOP establishment had cared about pleasing its base over the past decade or so, they wouldn’t have ended up with Trump in the first place.
I agree that Trump’s comments were ill-considered, and I’m glad he’s vowed to say no more on the matter. But how many times have we heard over the past year that something Trump said disqualified him, only to have voters shrug it off? Even some top Republicans can get caught up in media-created frenzies and feel they have to turn on fellow Republicans or be perceived as racist/sexist/homophobic/etc. themselves. They forget that while Trump has often made the attacks too easy, liberals would have called the Republican nominee a racist no matter who it had been (and that probably includes Dr. Ben Carson). It goes with the job. Do a Google search: you’ll find that every GOP nominee back to and including the patrician Thomas Dewey was compared by Democrats to Hitler – except one, Dwight Eisenhower. I’m sure they would’ve loved to compare Ike to Hitler, if only he hadn’t been the guy who actually defeated Hitler.
So if you really think there’s some trick of parliamentary procedure that can deny the Donald the nomination without alienating most GOP voters and install a Republican who won’t be tarred as a racist/sexist/homophobe by the liberal media, fine. But first, please share with us the name of this miraculous, fictitious Teflon Republican.
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