‘Trump is right: there are people plotting against him.’
As Joseph Heller famously wrote in Catch-22, “just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” On today’s Morning Joe, Mark Halperin reported that GOP elites are indeed trying to “orchestrate” a “grassroots, organic” revolt against the presumptive nominee.
An “orchestrated grassroots, organic” revolt? Oxymoron, anyone? Halperin went on to state “Trump is right: there are people plotting against him.”
What do readers think? Do they support this effort to dump Trump? And now that Halperin has outed this as a move being orchestrated by the GOP “elites,” does it have any chance of success?
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Mark Halperin, obviously, a lot of Republican leaders feel like they’re in an absolutely terrible position right now and this move quietly grows to try to get Donald Trump pushed to the side. It is certainly a long shot. But what’s it looking like right now?
MARK HALPERIN: It’s a fascinating moment in the history of Trump’s relationship with the Republican party. The big turning point is now, and Paul Ryan’s interview with Paul Ryan illustrated this, the leaders of the party would prefer Trump not be the nominee, and they’re willing to have a very messy convention if that could somehow happen. They don’t want to be seen as leading the movement. Because they know it would fail if it’s seen as elites trying to take the nomination away from them. So they’re hoping to sort of have behind the scenes, orchestrate a little bit of grassroots, organic support.
Trump’s right. This is being orchestrated. But there is some grassroots support among some delegates to say, we want to be able to vote our conscience. And when Paul Ryan said to Chuck Todd, people need to be able to vote their conscience: Members of Congress need to decide on their own, delegates do. It’s a huge moment. Trump is right that there are people plotting against him. I don’t know that it will succeed, but it is a big moment. He says he wants the party unified? He’s going to have to work to unify it. Because as that list Mika read said, people are not out there, backing him up right now.
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