Trying To Steal Election From Trump In Cleveland Could Prove Costly For...

Trying To Steal Election From Trump In Cleveland Could Prove Costly For GOP

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Republicans who want to take the election from Donald Trump at the convention in Cleveland may cause big problems for the party.

According to The Hill:

Donald Trump‘s critics within the GOP are desperate to find a way to stop him from becoming the nominee at the Republican National Convention in July.

But even if that scenario is mathematically possible — a prospect that would require Trump to fall short of the magic number of 1,237 pledged delegates — it may not be politically feasible to wrest the nomination away from a candidate who will almost certainly have won many more contests than any of his rivals.

Trump warned during an interview with CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday that “you’d have riots” if he ended up close to the 1,237 mark only to be denied. The mention of rioting earned him a rebuke from Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who said the next day that “nobody should say such things, in my opinion.”

Regardless of the merits of raising the specter of unrest, there is no doubt that taking the nomination away from Trump would spark enormous outrage among the businessman’s supporters. But Republicans who believe that his nomination could devastate the party’s chances in down-ballot elections — and harm the GOP’s image for years to come — might believe that is a price worth paying.”