GOP plots against Trump

The Washington Post via NZ Herald reports that there are moves within the Republican Party to try and derail Donald Trump’s campaign to become the party’s presidential nominee.

Party critics plot Trump’s downfall

Donald Trump fired his top aide yesterday as a campaign to stop him from becoming the Republican candidate in this year’s United States election gathers momentum.

Organisers of the campaign against Trump say they have the support of nearly 400 delegates to the GOP’s convention next month, quickly transforming what began as an idea tossed around on social media into a force that could derail the billionaire’s campaign.

Efforts to unite the party around Trump will not have been helped by the Free The Delegates campaign. Organisers concede their plan could worsen internal party strife but they believe that they are responding to deep-rooted concerns among conservatives about Trump.

“Short-term, yes, there’s going to be chaos,” said Kendal Unruh, a co-founder of the group. “Long-term this saves the party and we win the election. Everything has to go through birthing pains to birth something great.

We’re going to go through the trauma of the birthing pains, but the reward will be worth it.” Unruh said her cause is winning support from “the non-rabble-rousers; the rule-following, church-going grandmas who aren’t out protesting in the streets”. “This is the way they push back.”

Unruh and other GOP delegates from Colorado hatched the idea of trying to stop Trump by introducing a rule change: Instead of binding delegates to the results of the caucuses and conventions – as many party leaders insist they are – the convention’s 2472 delegates should instead be able to vote their conscience and select whomever they want.

For weeks, Unruh, her colleague Regina Thomson and other Colorado Republicans sought out like-minded delegates in other states. After Unruh appeared in newspaper interviews and called in to a few radio talk shows, she said other delegates with similar concerns in places like Louisiana and Missouri reached out.

By the weekend, Unruh was consulting a lawyer about possible fundraising plans while Thomson was compiling the list of interested delegates, building a website and booking a conference call phone line that could host 1000 participants.

Thomson said that at least 1000 people participated in the call. Delegates who participated said they plan to spend this week wooing others to the cause.

On Monday, leaders of Free the Delegates repeatedly insisted that they are not working on behalf of any of Trump’s former opponents.

“The problem is Trump,” said veteran Republican strategist Mike Murphy, a Trump critic. “You can fire all the yes men you want, but the campaign reflects on the candidate, and the candidate is hopelessly flawed.”

So the success of his campaign that seems to have even surprised Trump appears to be turning into a civil war in the GOP. It may be an Old party but it’s not looking very Grand.

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9 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  22nd June 2016

    Americans I know see him as a total embarrassment and die a little inside at the mere thought of him being president.

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  2. Gezza

     /  22nd June 2016

    They’ve got five months to find an alternative candidate, present and sell him, while he goes into rampage against them, and when many of the significant boof-head & good ole boy components of his support base could conceivably refuse to vote for an alternative final Republican presidential candidate out of pique.

    Good luck to them with that one.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  22nd June 2016

    The WP & NYT are flat tack campaigning to take Trump down so everything they report needs to be taken with scepticism.

    Trump’s current polling is not far off Clinton:
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/

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  4. Gezza

     /  22nd June 2016

    Interesting. Clinton has just made a speech against the TPPA. Says they should renegotiate trade deals that aren’t working for them.

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  5. Yes Gezza, I read about what she said. I think she is grandstanding, and there are other very strong forces at play that she will need to take account of. Regardless there is still a long way to go in the process and she will have to leaarn not to scratch every itch!

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    • Gezza

       /  23rd June 2016

      I think she’s cottoned on to the strategic advantages of just stealing a select few of Trump’s popular policies.

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  6. Zedd

     /  23rd June 2016

    hopefully msm & voters in USA will wake up soon & realise hes a ‘dream weaver/spell binder’ NOT a potential Pres. :/

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