Trump supporter Roger Stone is planning a #DaysofRage protest in Cleveland to prevent the GOP from “stealing” the GOP nomination from Donald Trump. Helping fan the flames for these protests is Alex Jones, the conspiracy theory ‘specialist’.

In fact, Jones published this Stone-written op-ed that starts with dry kindling and a match. In his opening statement, Stone wrote “The Bush, Cruz, Rubio, Romney, Ryan, McConnell faction has united and is moving into high gear to steal the nomination from Trump. The immediate plan is an all out bid to deprive Donald Trump of victory, and the delegates, in Wisconsin.”

It doesn’t take much to delegitimize Stone’s op-ed. Stone insists that Trump deploys the moral high ground because he’s the one supporting the rule of law and all things virtuous. Then he insinuates that the ‘DC Cabal’ will wave a magic wand and steal Wisconsin’s 42 delegates from Trump. Stone’s problem is that shouldn’t presume that Trump is entitled to Wisconsin’s delegates. The people who actually vote in Tuesday’s primary actually determine who gets those delegates.

While Bush, Rubio and Romney have made their intentions clear that they want to prevent Trump from becoming the nominee, that doesn’t mean that they’re stealing anything. The only thing preventing Trump from reaching a majority of delegates are the voters. There’s no disputing that Bush, Rubio, Romney, et al, can make their case for why Trump shouldn’t be the nominee. It’s equally indisputable that Trump and his surrogates can make his case for why Mr. Trump should be the nominee.

The rules for winning the nomination were published months before Trump announced he was running for president. They clearly laid out how candidates could win delegates and who would pick the delegates to the national convention. Implicit in the RNC’s rules is the fact that nobody is the nominee until that candidate wins a majority of the delegates at the national convention. That requires the nominee to win 1,237 delegates.

The power-brokers’ short term game is clear; stall Trump just short of the magic number of delegates needed to be nominated on the first ballot with the knowledge that many delegates bound on the first ballot by Trump primary and caucus victories would be unbound on a second ballot. Much in the way the RNC stacked the galleries with anti-Trump partisans in the last two debates, anti-Trump quislings are being planted in various delegations that will be free to betray Trump on subsequent ballots.

It’s interesting to see Stone using the phrase anti-Trump quislings. The definition of quisling is “a person who betrays his or her country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government.”

To quote George Will “Well.”

I didn’t know that legitimate registered voters that pick someone other than Trump qualified as people who’ve betrayed their country or that they represent “an invading enemy.” Saying that Stone lays the entitlement mentality thick in this op-ed is understatement. Stone’s presumptuousness is breathtaking.

Simply put, Trump can’t have stolen from him what isn’t his in the first place.

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One Response to “Stealing Trump’s nomination?”

  • eric z says:

    So Ted Cruz, being who he is, should in response cite Psalm 2, in particular the opening verse, but all, since he’s anointed.

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