As the Democratic Party scrambles to figure out the best way to defeat presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, it appears that the Republican Party establishment is doing the exact same thing. An exclusive report by the Washington Post reveals that “dozens” of GOP delegates are scheming to change convention rules in order to steal the nomination away from the rabble-rousing racist.
Infuriated by his recent calls for gun control, his racist attacks against Judge Curiel (who is presiding over the Trump University class-action lawsuits) and alarmed at his rapidly plunging poll numbers, GOP elites are facing a crisis of their own making from which there is no easy way out. Crucially, however, this newest effort is led by people who actually have the power to change the rules rather than a collection of media pundits idly longing for the reincarnation of Ronald Reagan to descend from the heavens on a golden elephant to save them from the crude mockery of conservatism that one senior Republican recently dubbed “Cheeto Jesus.”
They are so determined to stop Trump that they haven’t even begun considering who to replace him with yet. “This literally is an ‘Anybody but Trump’ movement. 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” says Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh. Not exactly the most inspiring of platforms, but there isn’t much else for them to stand on.
Trump has recently reiterated his threat to run as a third-party candidate should the GOP not fall in line behind him – and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has threatened to sue Trump over his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States. We can expect that all sixteen other candidates that were rejected by GOP primary voters the first time around will be equally unpalatable this time around – and how do you think millions of angry gun-owning Republicans across the Midwest and the South will react to hearing that the candidate they voted for and fell in love with is being taken away by the powers that be?
The blatant neglect of the American people and obvious disdain for their voters shown by the Republican establishment prompted the rise of Trump in the first place. Taking away their anointed savior to replace him with a stooge like Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan or (shudder) religious extremist and universally despised Senator Ted Cruz will spell the end of the Republican Party forever.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.