Conservative conspiracy to beat Trump?
(WASHINGTON, DC) There appears to be an uprising within the Republican party that does not want Donald Trump to be the GOP nominee for president.
Trump is way ahead in the race for delegates since he’s won most of the primaries.
He currently has 678.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz has 418.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio is out of the race, but he still holds 171 delegates.
Ohio Governor John Kasich is in last place, with 145 delegates.
It takes 1,237 delegates to clinch the nomination.
That means Trump would need to win more than half of the delegates that are still left.
Cruz needs to win 80 percent of them, and it’s not even mathematically possible for Kasich to win enough delegates.
All that could mean some unrest at the GOP convention this summer in Cleveland.
“I will obviously have to bone up on all the rules and all of those things,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. “My role is to be dispassionate and to be Switzerland, to be neutral and dispassionate and to make sure that the rule of law prevails. This is more likely to become an open convention than we thought before.”
Some conservative activists went as far as holding a private meeting to find the right candidate, even if that means supporting a third party if Trump wins the nomination.
The “Stop Trump” movement has even made one Cruz opponent, reconsider who he should support.
“I’m going to be doing a fundraiser with and for Senator Cruz,” said South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. “It tells you a lot about where we’re at as a party. I’ve had many differences with Senator Cruz’s tactics and the the way he’s behaved in the Senate.”
“I think (Trump’s) campaign’s built on xenophobia, race-bating and religious bigotry. I think he’d be a disaster for our party and as Senator Cruz would not be my first choice, I think he is a republican conservative who I could support.”