In what could be perceived as a last-ditch effort to deny Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in July, the Washington Post reports a group of approximately 30 delegates are considering drastic measures.
The group is attempting to change the rules of the Republican Party to allow those delegates bound to, but not supportive of, Trump to pull away from him.
Under the current rules, the majority of the delegates are pledged to vote for the Trump. In order for the group to succeed in its efforts, the delegates pledged to the presumptive Republican nominee would need to be released from their commitment, which violates party rules.
Two options are being explored. One is a vote to change the rules to allow for the release of the delegates, while the other calls for a “conscience clause” to be added into the rules. This clause would free any delegate to withdraw support from a candidate because of their conscience.
Although both scenarios have been discussed, the delegates have not congregated to either option.
The hope of the group is that by freeing the delegates to vote for a candidate they believed in, a large number would withdraw from Trump.
Kendal Unruh, a Republican delegate from Colorado, told the Post, “This literally is an ‘Anybody but Trump’ movement.”
Unruh said the group was not concerned with who would replace Trump as the nominee. “We’re just doing that job to make sure that he’s not the face of our party,” he said.
Trump issued a statement to the Post, reminding them he garnered more votes during the 2016 primary than any other Republican candidate in history.
“I have tremendous support and get the biggest crowds by far and any such move would not only be totally illegal but also a rebuke of the millions of people who feel so strongly about what I am saying,” Trump said.
Trump accused the candidates that he defeated for doing anything to get a second chance, “but there is no mechanism for it to happen.”
h/t: The Hill