Despite a significant lead in the delegate count, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and his campaign continue to be the target of mounting criticism regarding the message and tone of The Donald’s bid for the nomination. After a series of protests at campaign events, the brash billionaire and his advisors have been accused of fomenting a potentially explosive atmosphere in which violence can easily be touched off.
As CBS News noted: “Another Donald Trump event erupted in violence in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday night: a rally attendee was arrested after he punched and repeatedly kicked a protester as he was being escorted out of the rally by security.”
Adding to the backlash over the campaign’s perceived use of intimidation against critics, Trump national advisor Sam Clovis recently shared a direct message — along with a warning of sorts — for those who hope to defeat the candidate in the primary election.
Trump National Policy Adviser Sam Clovis is also dropping veiled threats against America regarding contested convention.
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) March 18, 2016
“We have a path [to the nomination],” Clovis said in a CNN interview. “We have a process. We have procedures. And if these people were so concerned about what was going on, why don’t they find a better candidate to run against Mr. Trump?”
The national co-chair of Trump’s campaign also told CNN that he would turn in his delegate credentials and bolt from the convention if Trump is denied:
“I will tell you this, if the Republican Party comes into that convention and jimmies with the rules and takes away the will of the people, the will of the Republicans and the Democrats and independents who voted for Mr. Trump, I will take off my credentials, I will leave the floor of that convention, and I will leave the Republican Party forever.”
He went on to suggest Sen. Ted Cruz, currently positioned as the anti-Trump candidate with the best chance to challenge the New York businessman for the GOP nomination, has no real hope of defeating Trump at the ballot box.
“Why don’t they find more votes out there?” Clovis wondered. “We have polled over two million votes above Ted Cruz. In fact, if you start to take a look at the accumulative vote, we are inching up to the 50-percent level.”
Wrapping the interview, he predicted a traditional win for Trump, saying “we will get to 1,237,” the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination.
Anyone still opposing the candidate at the Republican National Convention this July, Clovis concluded, should be prepared for consequences.
“These guys are going to be sitting there stewing on the floor of the convention in Cleveland,” he said, “and will have to figure out whether they get on the train or they’re going to end up under the train. It’s up to them.”
Some Trump fans applauded Clovis’ vague threat, though many others saw it as further evidence that the real estate mogul is the wrong choice for president.
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