17 Mar 2016

Trump: “Nice Little Convention You’ve Got There… Shame If Anything Happened to it.”

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New York Times:

Donald J. Trump warned of “riots” around the Republican National Convention should he fall slightly short of the 1,237 delegates he needs to clinch the nomination and the party moves to select another candidate. …

“I think we’ll win before getting to the convention, but I can tell you, if we didn’t and if we’re 20 votes short or if we’re 100 short and we’re at 1,100 and somebody else is at 500 or 400, because we’re way ahead of everybody, I don’t think you can say that we don’t get it automatically,” Mr. Trump said. “I think it would be — I think you’d have riots. I think you’d have riots. I’m representing a tremendous, many, many millions of people.”

He added: “If you disenfranchise those people and you say, well I’m sorry but you’re 100 votes short, even though the next one is 500 votes short, I think you would have problems like you’ve never seen before. I think bad things would happen, I really do. I believe that. I wouldn’t lead it but I think bad things would happen.”

How much more of a clue to the character of the real Trump do people need?

He’s already telling us that the principle of a majority vote and the usual rules of political party nominating conventions should be set aside, just for him, or else. Not that he’s threatening anyone…

Obviously, it takes a majority vote, not a plurality, not a number of votes some hundreds short of a majority, to win the nomination. That’s how conventions work. And, the tradition has been that candidates who win a plurality, but who cannot get a majority, generally find their votes deserting them and going elsewhere on later ballots. That is precisely how the process has worked historically and the way it is supposed to work.

And, Donald and all the Trumpkins out there, this is a country of laws and we have plenty of police. Try rioting and America will throw your ass in the cooler. This isn’t Weimar Germany or some Latin American banana republic, and our political decisions are not influenced by threats of violence.

4 Feedbacks on "Trump: “Nice Little Convention You’ve Got There… Shame If Anything Happened to it.”"

Steve Gregg

Claiming that the leader represents the will of the people was a core principle of National Socialism. The fuhrer would act on his intuition for what the people wanted, so there was no need for voting.

jim murray

” … is a country of laws … ” unless your middle name is Hussein

sound awake

cruz said the same thing and nobody cared:

“Ted Cruz: A Brokered Convention Would Lead To ‘A Revolt’”

“If the Washington deal-makers try to steal the nomination from the people, I think it would be a disaster. It would cause a revolt,” Cruz told reporters in Orono, Maine, according to the Washington Times.


Mark Zanger

So here we have a problem of someone who doesn’t want to play by the rules. How do you describe this in libertarian terms? This problem comes up in all socialist experiments, large and small. What about the people who don’t want to be socialist or act collectively. So now you conservatives have this guy who doesn’t want to be traditional and orderly or act appropriately. Do you go first amendment, second amendment? Where does his right to grab power cross your right not to be grabbed in market terms? When you want a foul called, who is the referee? (Paul Ryan, I gather chairs, but how about the irony of Romney getting the eight-state rule against Paul, and now…)


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