I Hate to Admit it, But Donald Trump is Right About the Republican National Convention

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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Eg Kbbs

    So didn’t he know the rules going into the race ? An adult would work to change the rules before or after. To complain now would be like complaining about the single elimination rules of the recent NCAA BBall playoffs in the middle of the next to last game – a shocking display. Really makes it look like he is whining and wetting his pants on the kindergarten playground because he isn’t getting his way.

    Worse, today’s news reports that Trump has said that he “hopes” that the convention won’t involve violence. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-on-contested-convention-i-hope-it-doesn%e2%80%99t-involve-violence/ar-BBrRWwV?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=HPCDHP

    Prediction or threat ? Or even energizing his minions to prepare to do his dirty work (who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?). Definitely re-enforces the petulant child who is crying because he isn’t assured of getting his way.

    I’d even agree that the rules for both repubs and dems are extremely arcane / difficult, ripe for abuse, and apparently meant to protect the power of the party. The method of apportioning delegates involve some states only open to registered party members, some states open, some by winner take all vote, some by percentage, some by caucus, some by system which merges a caucus with a vote. Just ask a statistician to make sense of it.

  • Luigi Amaretto

    Rules…& Trump

    ….are there Rules…Yes there are
    ….how long have rules been in place…very long time…
    ? does that makes Rules valid…no it does not!
    …who makes the rules ..the GOP and they lawyers…
    ? does that makes the Rules…valid… NO IT DOES NOT.

    Example Colorado.
    Rules have been changed in August 2015 by the local GOP
    There was no populous voting on that.
    Are those rules Valid ?, NO THEY ARE NOT.

    It is not a question did the rules exist or did one knew about them.
    The question is: are the rules fair, democratic and representing the will of the populous.

    • Karl Nelson

      luigi, there is no “populous voting” in

      the 2016 Colorado Caucus.

      • Luigi Amaretto

        I know, I was sarcastic.

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  • mucklucky

    Sorry,. but I thought we had settled this taxation without
    representation. Maybe not… You see, us voters think we should pick the
    candidate… not the party. Since this candidate will be running for
    President and if elected will sign tax legislation… then we believe our vote
    matters… not you party punks, or the Heritige foundation, or some
    foreign government.

    Understand? Or does it need to be explained again like it was the first