“Free the Delegates” activists who failed to stop Donald Trump from getting the Republican presidential nomination are still trying to dump Trump. Now they are petitioning the Republican National Committee (“RNC”) to call an emergency meeting to disqualify or remove Trump as the Republican nominee.
Republican Party rules provide that RNC members from at least 16 states can force RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to call an emergency meeting, which he would need to convene within 10 days. According to the Washington Post article, at that meeting, these activists want RNC members to invoke Rule 9, which lays out how to nominate a new presidential candidate in the event of a resignation, death or otherwise:
According to the party rulebook, the RNC is “authorized and empowered to fill any and all vacancies which may occur by reason of death, declination, or otherwise of the Republican candidate for President of the United States or the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States.” If the nominee is removed, the RNC could opt to hold a new convention or select a new candidate by holding a vote among themselves.
“It is our goal to recall him,” said Beau Correll, a Virginia lawyer. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention who filed a federal court case challenging party rules and state laws that required him to vote for Trump at the convention.
Correll and other members of the group want the RNC to focus on Rule 9’s use of the word “otherwise” — they feel that Trump’s recent round of missteps justify the party dropping him.
The activist started reaching out to RNC members on Sunday, asking that they sign a petition that proposes an agenda that includes:
- “Discussion of candidacy of the current Republican nominee for President of the United States.”
- “Motions germane to the disqualification or removal of the current Republican nominee for President of the United States as nominated by the national convention. Rule 9(a)”
- “Filling the vacancy which may have otherwise occurred. Rule 9(a): Rule 9(d) (majority of votes entitled to be cast required to choose nominee).”
This dump Trump effort has no more chance of success than did the Free the Delegates movement. They might force a meeting, but they will be unable to dump Trump. The RNC is the Establishment. The Establishment had their chance to choose Cruz over Trump and they chose Trump. As we wrote in January:
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