“Presidents are SELECTED, not elected”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
POLITICO POINTS TO PONDER
2016 the GOP Politico establishment is hell bent on SELECTING the next president with a brokered Republican convention
Mr. Schneider warned that the “elites need to learn that citizens don’t like being manipulated and they will not be ignored.
Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that his supporters would respond with “riots” if he fails to secure the nomination at July’s convention in Cleveland.
“I think you’d have riots,” Trump told CNN on Wednesday. “I think you’d have riots. I’m representing a tremendous many, many millions of people.”
At Trump rallies, people of all ages and creeds, even some outside the continent, have continued to make their voices heard.
Far from idle chatter, Trump’s words come as escalating protests from left-wing activists, heated responses from his supporters, and increasing tensions within the GOP over his candidacy are raising fears that the convention could devolve into chaos.
Cleveland is reportedly working to procure 2,000 sets of riot gear equipment for its officers.
“I hear of a convention to be held at Baltimore, or elsewhere,
for the SELECTION of a candidate for the Presidency,
made up chiefly of editors, and men who are politicians by profession;
but I think,
what is it to any independent, intelligent, and respectable man
what decision they may come to?
Shall we not have the advantage of his wisdom and honesty, nevertheless?
Can we not count upon some independent votes?
Are there not many individuals in the country who do not attend conventions?
But no: I find that the respectable man,
so called, has immediately drifted from his position,
and despairs of his country, when his country has more reason to despair of him.
He forthwith adopts one of the candidates
thus selected as his only AVAILABLE one,
thus proving that he is himself AVAILABLE
for any purposes of the demagogue.
His vote is of no more worth than that of any unprincipled foreigner
or hireling native, who may have been bought.”
The theory that anti-Trump establishment has a built-in edge in a brokered convention also has its risks.
“Many political elites are playing Russian roulette with this election,” said Mr. Schneider of the ACU. “Some are trying to figure out how to deny Donald Trump the nomination, either by reducing the field to create a one-on-one primary, or by keeping the field large to siphon off as many votes from him as possible.”
This approach is designed to produce a contested convention, but a convention where nobody meets the delegate threshold would likely stress the Republican’s already strained electoral coalition even more, Mr. Schneider said.
“A year ago the elites thought they could shorten the election to select a particular nominee quickly,” Mr. Schneider said. “Now they’re considering protracting the election to select a particular nominee slowly.”
Mr. Schneider warned that the “elites need to learn that citizens don’t like being manipulated and they will not be ignored. They will stay home on Election Day.”
“Riots aren’t necessarily a bad thing if it means it’s because it’s sitting there and fighting the fact that our establishment Republican party has gone corrupt and decided to ignore the voice of the people,” Trump supporter Scottie Neil Hughes told CNN Wednesday afternoon.
“The Republican and Democratic parties both feed out of the same bag provided by the monied system, and where the list frequently differs the same interests are represented.”