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.
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.
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.