One of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s fiercest critics has told Republicans opposed to Trump that it is time to stand down.
In May, talk show host Glenn Beck had said, “I will not endorse it. I will not tolerate it,” after Trump secured the nomination after the end of the candidacy of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who Beck championed.
On Friday, Beck was pouring cold water on reported plots on the part of Cruz supporters to steal the GOP convention away from Trump.
“This won’t happen, nor should it. The time to defeat trump was in the primary,” Beck posted on Facebook.
“I have said since the beginning, if the GOP changes the rules to allow some trick, on ANY candidate it will lead to the end of the party and possibly to the kindling of a civil war, God Forbid. This will only cause chaos and more hatred,” he said.
Beck said he agreed with many Americans who do not like the choices they face, but said the nomination process is over.
“… rigging the game after it has been played and someone has 1,237 (delegates) only leads to more trouble,” Beck wrote. “I really don’t think I have to tell you how much I do not like it, but it doesn’t change the fact: Trump is the nominee.”
On his Friday morning show, Beck invoked the specter of civil war as a possible outcome of a convention-based coup.
“I don’t think lighting the fires of a civil war is something that I rush to,” he said. “You have to remember, the Civil War ended in more deaths than all other American wars combined. That’s a stunning stat. And you look at what that did to this nation — we barely made it. And we made it because we had Abraham Lincoln at the helm. You want to start a war? With who? Who is in charge? Who is leading this?”