While Donald Trump is vile in practically every aspect possible as a human being, make no mistake about it, the Republican party is actively trying to “steal” this nomination from him. I put steal in quotation marks because technically they wouldn’t “steal it” – but they’re clearly trying to do whatever they can to prevent him from being the party’s presidential nominee.
So during a campaign event on Saturday, Trump addressed the situation:
“The system is rigged. They gotta do something about it. The Republican National Committee better get going because I’ll tell you what, you’re gonna have a rough time at that convention in July because people want to vote and the people wanna be represented properly.”
It’s blatantly obvious what the GOP is trying to do with Trump and the whole nomination. I can guarantee you that if Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush or even Marco Rubio were in Trump’s place, the nomination would already be settled. The only reason why Ted Cruz and John Kasich are still in this race is to push it to the convention in July to hopefully snatch the nomination away from the candidate who’s likely to have the most delegates going into it.
But he’s absolutely right when he says there’s going to be a “rough time” at the convention if he’s leading in delegates but doesn’t end up as the party’s nominee. And while his inflammatory rhetoric is partially to blame, most of this falls on the Republican party itself. Trump and those who support him are a direct result of the hate, fear, bigotry, racism, paranoia and ignorance the party has used to manipulate people for decades.
Only now that the party has the perfect candidate who’s masterfully pandered to the very people the party has been working up and lying to for years – suddenly they’re doing whatever they can to keep him from representing them this November.
While I absolutely don’t want to see it happen, I do fully expect quite a few extremely tense conflicts (if not all-out riots) in Cleveland if Trump is leading in delegates and doesn’t become the party’s nominee. I really don’t believe it’s a matter of if that will happen, just how bad is it going to be.
So while Donald Trump gets criticized (and rightfully so) for saying a lot of things that have seemingly led to violence and conflict at his rallies, most of the responsibility for what may happen in July falls squarely on the shoulders of the Republican party. They’re the ones who empowered and drove the type of hate and anger that led to someone like Donald Trump becoming the overwhelming frontrunner for the party’s presidential nomination.
And as much as it pains me to say it, Donald Trump is right when he says if the GOP does what it seems to be preparing to do in July, things are going to get really ugly in Cleveland, Ohio.