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A new plan is in the works to steal the Republican presidential nomination from Donald Trump.
The effort is being led by Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh, who organized a conference call of about three dozen other like-minded delegates on Thursday with the intention of creating a rule to unbind their votes on the first ballot, the Washington Post reported.
Unruh, and those on his call, titled “free the delegates,” want delegates to be allowed to abstain from voting for Trump if they believe it violates their moral or religious ethics.
As it stands, under the current rules Trump has more than enough pledged delegates to have clinched the nomination.
Unruh is a member of the powerful rules committee which, Chairman Reince Priebus announced Friday, is being led this year by former Utah representative and party insider Enid Mickelsen who has been critical of Trump.
“Neither Hillary or Donald Trump are going to be the people that we point our children toward and say, ‘I want you to be just like them when you grow up.’ That’s not the case in this race, and that’s a shame,” she told The Salt Lake Tribune two weeks ago.
“What we’re left with is deciding how we’re going to vote on policy. Who is going to choose who is on the Supreme Court? Who is going to oppose or work with a Republican majority in the House and Senate?” she added.
“That’s not the kind of thing that people write brilliant march songs for,” Mickelsen continued. “It’s not the kind of headline that you get lots of people out to rallies for. But it’s where we are.”
Still, the likelihood of a Trump mutiny is far-fetched.
Unruh was the only member of the rules committee that was on the conference call and other members are not going along with her plan, ABC News reported.
“Donald Trump won it fair and square,” South Carolina delegate Cindy Costa told ABC News.
Kansas Republican Party chairman, and rules committee member Kelly Arnold, told ABC he would do “what’s in the best interest” of the party and that he didn’t see himself “making any drastic changes.”
In a statement Trump called the plan “totally illegal.”
“I won almost 14 million votes, which is by far more votes than any candidate in the history of the Republican primaries,” the statement read. “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. 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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