Pa. Republicans Embrace Donald Trump As He Is Featured Speaker At Annual Luncheon

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Fearful GOP bigs brainstorm Trump alternatives.

A group of GOP leaders held a hush-hush meeting at a Washington, DC, restaurant to discuss the possibility of having a brokered convention next year so that they could find an alternative to Donald Trump, according to a report. Top Republican officials fear that the fight to win the party’s presidential nomination might end in a so-called “brokered convention” for the first time in 60 years.Republican party officials are now actively preparing for the prospect of a contested convention in Cleveland as front-runner Donald Trump continues to draw strong support from the GOP base.The billionaire GOP front-runner told CNN’s Don Lemon Wednesday night that he would consider running as a third-party candidate, if “they don’t treat me with a certain amount of decorum and respect.” “If they don’t treat me as the front-runner — by far the front-runner — if the playing field is not level, then certainly all options are open,” Trump said. “But that’s nothing I want to do.” Although Trump says he would win as a third-party candidate, and although he feels the Republican “establishment is not exactly being very good” to him, he says none of that matters because he is certain he will secure the nomination. “I’m leading in every poll by a lot,” Trump said. “It looks I’m going to win. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus held the meeting with establishment GOP honchos, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, The Washington Post reported.

FOX news, the National Rifle Association, the Koch brothers — the Republicans have increasingly become captive of far-right institutions and rhetoric. With Donald Trump leading an increasingly splintered field, it is possible that no single candidate will go into July’s party convention with a sufficient number of nominating delegates to become the presidential nominee. Donald Trump’s surprising staying power atop the polls as the first primary events draw nearer has made the possibility — once considered somewhere between remote and nonexistent — now conceivable enough to merit the worry of GOP brass. If that happens – and, really, let’s not get carried away until the first votes are counted in February – Cleveland will earn a special chapter in the nation’s history.

They listened to other GOP bigwigs talk about how, if the billionaire New York developer scored a large number of delegates in the primaries, they could mount a floor fight and get the party to back some other candidate, the report said. A substantial portion of the right actually believes that President Obama is a Kenyan Muslim, that global warming is a made-up plot by windmill manufacturers, and that they need to arm themselves because of an imminent coup. A person familiar with who attended the dinner confirmed to Bloomberg that it took place, and that Priebus, members of congress, establishment lobbyists and others have held similar discussions for weeks. I’m not like so many other of the people that you talk to that are essentially losers.” Trump also told Lemon, “I am the least racist person that you have ever met,” and he confidently predicted that will win both the Hispanic and African-American vote. As for his call to keep Muslims from entering the U.S., Trump said it did not apply to U.S. citizens, and he said it was “just a break til our politicians, who are grossly incompetent by the way, can get their act together.” He added that what he is proposing is only one-tenth as bad as what former president Franklin Roosevelt did when he forced Japanese-Americans into internment camps.

Priebus and McConnell said nothing during the meeting and did not signal support for any effort to oppose Trump, the 2016 GOP poll leader who has threatened to mount a third-party candidacy if he is not “treated fairly.” The opposition is growing so strong that Joe Lhota, the GOP’s 2013 candidate for New York City mayor, called on the Manhattan Republican Party to kick Trump out of the GOP. Some columnists like David Brooks and Michael Gerson have recently bemoaned the “radicals” in their party, but their protests are too little, too late.

The Republican establishment’s participation in a bid to thwart Trump comes a little more than three months after the billionaire signed a loyalty pledge presented to him by Priebus. “The RNC has been absolutely terrific over the last two-month period,” Trump said on Sept. 3. “As you know, that’s what I’ve wanted. Trump’s lead hasn’t much budged since, and the math is the same: The first four contests, in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada — all in February — together will award only 133 delegates, out of a total 2,470 up for grabs over the length of the race.

And what he did was ten-times worse than anything I’m talking about.” “We can’t be politically correct, stupid people,” Trump said. “We have a president, I think he’s a stupid person. Trump’s political future,” she said, warning that ousting Trump would give him an reason to run as an independent. “I think for weeks, you know, you and everybody else were just bringing folks to hysterical laughter and all of that,” Clinton said on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” “But now he has gone way over the line.

The size of the media markets in play in this period (including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, and Seattle) would seem to favor the best-funded contenders. Trump’s rise to the top of the 14-candidate field has confounded establishment Republicans who have been waiting in vain for the New York billionaire’s insurgent campaign to collapse.

But while each of those contests has its own rules for distributing its spoils, they have this in common: Delegates will be awarded, in some fashion, proportionally. With a November report in the Wall Street Journal that Republican insiders having launched a “guerilla campaign” to defeat Trump, the resilient front-runner fired off a warning shot. “It was about five minutes in a meeting that lasted more than an hour about a variety of topics,” said the attendee, who spoke anonymously in order to talk more freely. “This is getting blown out of proportion.

Trump tells them that it’s the fault of pointy-headed intellectuals and government officials who are “taking away their freedoms.” Trump provides simplistic solutions to complex problems. Various scenarios could play out in coming months with the battle evolving into a contest between two or three candidates, with none of them able to gain enough delegates. Assuming four — or five or six or more — candidates can remain standing through this phase, they could well slice up the winnings sufficiently to deny an otherwise-favored frontrunner a clear path to a delegate majority. Think 1976, when President Gerald Ford faced a challenge from Ronald Reagan on the Republican side, and 1980, when Ted Kennedy tried and failed to topple President Jimmy Carter at the Democratic convention.

Our goal is to ensure a successful nomination and that requires us thinking through every scenario, including a contested convention.” While the Republican presidential primary began with Jeb Bush in the lead, no establishment candidate has been able to consolidate enough support to compete with Trump in months. That would represent the ultimate nightmare scenario for Republican leaders, who know it would all but guarantee a split conservative vote that delivers the White House back to Democrats.

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