They just won’t give up.
A group of #NeverTrump Republicans is pushing ahead with efforts to replace Donald Trump as the GOP presidential nominee.
Working within Republican National Committee rules that allow it to fill “vacancies which may occur by reason of death, declination, or otherwise,” group Free the Delegates is laser-focused on the word “otherwise” as an opening to replace Trump as the party’s nominee, TheBlaze reported.
Regina Thompson, the group’s executive director, said the effort is “a work in progress like anything else of this nature is.”
The group needs to get the RNC to hold a meeting by submitting a written petition with signatures from at least 16 committee members from at least 16 states. After nearly every RNC member was emailed the request and petition, the group is now following up with those members, Thompson said
“This is the only avenue left within the RNC rules,” Thompson told TheBlaze. “We’re committed to working within the Republican Party process and this is the next step — and only step — left within the rules to change the nominee.”
Free the Delegates supporters blamed convention officials for their unsuccessful attempt to unbind delegates from Trump after they failed to pass their proposal with the Rules Committee before the convention and on the convention floor.
“We have no doubt the RNC will attempt to use the same muscle they used at the convention to arm twist people who actually are on board into taking their name off the petition,” Thompson said.
Members of the group say Trump will not prevail in the November election and they want to be clear about their position, clarifying that they are not pushing for Republicans to leave the party or vote for a third-party candidate.
“If he is not elected, we don’t want anyone in the RNC to come back and look at us and say, ‘You people out there nominated him, it’s your fault.’ No, it’s not because we’ve taken every avenue out there available to us to tell you that he’s a flawed candidate and we need to take a different path,” Thompson said. “So we want to prevail, but we also want to make sure we don’t leave any stone unturned.”
One source put the blame for the group’s convention failure squarely on former GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, according to TheBlaze.
“Unfortunately the free-the-delegates crowd — a group of strong conservatives — was led off a cliff by a smarmy, phony conservative driven by ambition rather than principle, and a consultant class jilted by an outsider, and the result may well be a third term for Barack Obama,” the source said.
Despite the uphill battle, the group refuses to give up even as the November election date draws near.
“I understand that this is a process, and I understand that we might not win this war, but we have to keep trying,” Thompson said. “We have to exhaust every avenue that is available to us.”
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