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The Republican National Convention rules committee voted to stop the movement by some delegates to block Trump's nomination. As unqualified and divisive as Trump is he received the primary votes necessary to secure the Republican nomination. Therefore the committee vote was, as it should be. A clear majority of primary voters wanted Trump, so, let it be. In November the entirety of the American electorate will have its say. Odds are Trump will be the loser he has always boasted about not being.
Bloomberg - A key Republican National Convention committee crushed a long-shot attempt by rogue delegates to block Donald Trump’s nomination, as internal strife that’s roiled the party for much of the past decade was on full display Thursday amid fights over governing rules for the next four years.
The convention’s Rules Committee -- convened exactly a week before Trump is expected to accept the party’s nomination -- worked well into the evening Thursday as an air of distrust hovered over the 112-member panel.
While an attempt can still be made to try to unbind delegates from Trump, the committee voted overwhelmingly to reject a proposed amendment to allow delegates to vote their conscience and ignore the results of primaries and caucuses in their states. Kendal Unruh, a delegate from Colorado and a leader of the effort to stop Trump, offered the amendment.
“It’s over folks,” Steve Scheffler, a delegate from Iowa, said during debate on a previous amendment dealing with binding delegates. “We need to get behind our candidate.”
Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, celebrated the committee’s actions. “As far as I’m concerned, the Never Trump movement is nevermore,” Manafort said Friday on Fox News.
The tensions played out even before the panel grapples with the question of whether a so-called minority report should be issued voicing opposition to Trump’s nomination. That quest appears likely to come to a head Monday when the report could be delivered on the first day of the full convention, if 28 votes for it can be secured from the committee.
Unless the full convention accepted the minority report, however, the delegates would remain bound. A bid to change the rules could always be initiated from the floor of the convention, but the hurdles for passage there are significantly higher.
The effort against Trump is being pushed by those within the party who view him as an unqualified candidate who has alienated women and minorities and could lead the party to devastating electoral defeat in November.
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