RNC Delegates Hatch New Plot to Dump Trump

They're racing against time to change the rules
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2016 8:51 AM CDT
RNC Delegates Hatch New Plot to Dump Trump
Donald Trump speaks during a rally Friday, June 17, 2016, in The Woodlands, Texas.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

There's still hope that the Republican National Convention might reject Donald Trump and nominate somebody—anybody—else, according to a group of delegates. The Washington Post reports that dozens of delegates, many of them Ted Cruz supporters, are trying to get momentum behind a plan to alter convention rules and allow delegates to vote for anybody they want instead of being bound by primary or caucus results. They will need to get their proposal past the convention’s rules committee when it meets in mid-July, and then have it ratified by a majority of the 2,400 delegates. That could be tough, since many delegates fear they could face retribution, and the RNC has yet to even release a full list of delegates to the July 18-21 convention, which will be held in Cleveland.

The anti-Trump campaign is being led by Colorado GOP delegate Kendal Unrah. "This literally is an 'Anybody but Trump' movement," he tells the Post. "Nobody has any idea who is going to step in and be the nominee, but we’re not worried about that. We're just doing that job to make sure that he's not the face of our party." Sources say Cruz has already ruled himself out. Former Cruz convention adviser Saul Anuzis says that if Trump's poll numbers remain terrible, the anti-Trump delegates could be a "serious threat" to his candidacy if they are able to organize and agree on a goal. "The key is to convince the delegates that they have an option and that it's not over," he tells Politico. "If they are successful in doing that, we have a ball game." (Some sources claim Trump is only running in order to launch his own cable news channel.)

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