While the media and billionaire businessman Donald Trump’s rivals would like Americans to believe the Republican candidates are heading to a contested convention this summer in Cleveland, that’s not what an internal memo of the Trump campaign seemed to show.
The memo, obtained by The Washington Post, was distributed to Trump campaign insiders and supporters. It outlined talking points and said they believe Trump will have 1,400 delegates going into the convention — far more than the 1,237 needed to secure the nomination on the first ballot.
It also blamed a predictable culprit for what they saw as the misinformation — the campaign of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump’s closest rival.
“The Cruz spin machine produces more lies than anything else,” the memo read. “Our projections call for us to accumulate over 1400 delegates and thus a first ballot nomination win in Cleveland.”
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This would align with what Trump said during his victory speech after a commanding win in the New York primary, where he said that he would pick up more delegates than anyone predicted “in their wildest imaginations.”
The memo seemed to indicate the Trump campaign viewed New York as a turning point. In his home state, Trump won 60 percent of the vote and took 89 out of 92 available delegates, far more than most of the polls had predicted.
The memo also instructed those associated with the campaign to go after what they seemed to think as being the only thing standing between Trump and the nomination: the GOP establishment.
“The RNC has a lot to answer for as do those who are part of the donor class and the party establishment,” the memo said. “This movement scares the hell out of them and the people scare them, so they will do whatever they can to keep power.”
After a rough patch, it looks like the Trump campaign is feeling optimistic about his chances of winning on the first ballot.
Are they being realistic? We’re going to find out.
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