Can Delegates Really Can Deny Trump His VP Pick? Here’s The Scenario…

Donald Trump is rumored to be seriously considering retired general Mike Flynn for VP. Doing so will cause pandemonium at the Convention since Flynn is a lifelong Democrat. #NeverTrump forces are putting together a plan to strip Trump of the ability to choose the VP. Officially, the delegates have always chosen the VP, but practically delegates have respected the choice of the nominee in recent elections.

From NBC:

The nominee’s running mate is still technically decided by an independent delegate vote and delegates have no obligation to support the nominee’s choice.

That scenario has recent precedent. When Sen. John McCain seriously considered then Sen. Joe Lieberman as a running mate in 2008, many delegates viewed Lieberman’s abortion record as so unacceptable, they threatened to vote him down in a floor fight if nominated.

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The proposals to alter rule 40, expected to be debated in rules committee meetings in Cleveland this week ahead of the Republican National Convention, is considered a safety valve in the instance that Trump were to nominate a Democrat or a moderate considered unacceptable to the Republican activists.

While Trump would be very unhappy with this move it’s not against the rules. Trump didn’t even get 50% of the vote, so he will be the first GOP candidate to avoid a contested convention with less than half the popular vote. There is even a movement called #freethedelegates which seeks to allow delegates to chose any presidential candidate they want on the first ballot.

Donald Trump has either currently or previously held liberal positions on issues like entitlements, gun control, healthcare, abortion, gay marriage, free trade, transgender bathrooms, taxes, size of government, and the national debt.  Conservatives who don’t trust him are demanding a VP with a long record of defending their principles instead of opposing them. That’s why even the rumor of a socially liberal Democrat like General General Flynn getting the VP slot has caused panic among some delegates. It’s going to be a wild ride.

 

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  • Patriot47

    The elites have co-opted the purists in opposing Trump which is the same thing as supporting Hitlery.
    Only the dems stand to gain by a split opposition party. Whatever flag you’re waving will not change that fact.

  • Dan Menard

    It will be a big and disastrous mistake if Gingrich is not the VP chosen to fill the second in command position. He brings with him to the VP position numerous years of experience, knowledge and contacts that could advise Trump well!

  • Dan Menard

    It will be a big and disastrous mistake if Gingrich is not the VP chosen to fill the second in command position. He brings with him to the VP position numerous years of experience, knowledge and contacts that could advise Trump well!

  • They better be careful, they nay have things backfire on them big time

  • whoisshe?

    Trump will win !

  • Phillip Lake

    I really had forgotten the fact that the delegates votes is where the final count for a Vice-President comes from. If that is a rule, and has been for years, then it should remain the choice of said delegates. After all Donald Trump is the choice of the people why should the election of the running mate they want be their choice too.?
    In response to the little caveat at the end of the article: Who is scared of who?
    Who fears who the most? I am beginning to really believe that the Dumbocrats actually are scared of the Repubs simply because more and more people, on both sides, are sick and tired of the organized crime tactics by Obama and especially the crap of Btch Clinton. I have watched less and less of television in the last 8 years because of the self-centered queer in the Whitehouse and if the Btch gets elected I will not watch ANY news programs for the rest of my life. That is not a hard thing to do as I have found out. No matter what the pos obummer has to say when he comes on tv I change the channel or shut it off; I refuse to listen to his lies or watch his arrogant attitude when he down-talks others around him.

    • Dan Menard

      Well said Phillip! Not always as articulate as I know you could be given some of the expressions you used, but otherwise…right on!

    • Dan Menard

      Well said Phillip! Not always as articulate as I know you could be given some of the expressions you used, but otherwise…right on!