According to the Daily Wire, an anti-Trump leader is saying that they have gathered enough votes to “free the delegates” and allow them to vote their conscience instead of being bound to rules.
Here’s what they say:
Over the weekend, The Daily Wire had the opportunity to speak with Kendal Unruh, a member of the Colorado Republican delegation to the Republican National Convention. Unruh is also a member of the Rules Committee at the RNC, and a leading advocate for a vote that would unbind the delegates from the candidates to which their state primaries are pledged. Unruh explained that “28 committee members are required to pass a minority report, which then goes to the convention floor for all delegates to vote on. It then requires a simple majority to pass.” She added that she does “have the 28 votes required for the minority report,” continuing, “Not everyone who is with us is willing to be public yet, due in part to the threats being made by Trump’s campaign and the RNC itself.”
She makes her case for the delegates voting their conscience according to our system of elections:
It is the duty of the delegates to represent the best interests of their states and to select a Republican candidate who actually represents our party and who can beat Hillary in November. That’s not Donald Trump. We don’t live in a straight democracy, where majority rule has the absolute say. We have a measured, representative form of government that allows time for discussion, fact-finding, and wisdom before our elected representatives make the final decision. Many new facts have come out since the early primaries that should disqualify Trump, and the delegates have historically always been the final stop-gate through which our party’s nominee must pass. Trump didn’t even get the vote of a majority of Republicans, and over 50% agree that he should not be our nominee. In fact, he would be the first Republican nominee to receive the nomination with more votes cast against him in the primaries than for him.
She has a point. This is a representative Democracy for a reason – if the founders had intended a direct Democracy, they would have said so. In the Federalist Papers they lay out the reasons they chose the system we have, and they count on how they understand human nature – it’s not just a random system.
But ultimately, it’s still a political game – the delegates have to actually believe that Trump is a bad choice. It would help if more polls show him crashing to Earth between now and then, and if he’s unable to keep his foolish mouth shut. AND it would help if more people came to their senses and saw Trump for what he really is.
It’s gonna be a very exciting few weeks.