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GOP nominee Donald Trump is having, yet another plan hatched against him to keep him from becoming the Republican Party’s nominee.
A number of Republican delegates have launched a well-organized effort that would strip Trump of delegates and just about nominate anyone who is willing to take the job, according to the Washington Post.
The delegates are angered by Trump’s recent comments on gun control, his racial attacks on a federal judge and his sinking poll numbers. They are convinced that Trump is an insufficiently conservative candidate and believe they will find enough like-minded Republicans within the next month to change party rules and allow delegates to vote for whomever they want, regardless of who won their state caucus or primary.
The new campaign is being run by the only people who can actually make changes to party rules, rather than by pundits and media figures who have been pining for a Trump alternative. Many involved in the delegate-driven movement supported Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the primary, but say they have no specific candidate in mind and are not taking cues from any of Trump’s vanquished opponents.
Kendal Unruh, an anti-Trump Colorado delegate leading the effort, said the organizers haven’t a clue who could replace Trump, they just know they don’t want him to be the nominee.
“This literally is an ‘Anybody but Trump’ movement,” said Unruh. “Nobody has any idea who is going to step in and be the nominee, but we’re not worried about that. We’re just doing that job to make sure that he’s not the face of our party.”
Trump responded to the effort against him, telling the Washington Post “I won almost 14 million votes, which is by far more votes than any candidate in the history of the Republican primaries.”
“I have tremendous support and get the biggest crowds by far and any such move would not only be totally illegal but also a rebuke of the millions of people who feel so strongly about what I am saying,” Trump said. “People that I defeated soundly in the primaries will do anything to get a second shot — but there is no mechanism for it to happen.”
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