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Remember when Donald Trump stripped Carrie Prejean-Broller of her crown?

I have made no secret of the fact that I cannot, in good conscience, vote for Donald Trump. However, that doesn’t mean that he should be ousted as the GOP nominee. An election has been run and fought.

However, the fact is that Donald Trump wasn’t elected in the primary race. Delegates pledged to him were and many of these delegates are not loyal to him. The convention could move to suspend the rules and let everyone vote for whoever they wanted. Just because they can do this, however, doesn’t mean they should.

As Shane Vander Hart noted, this could set “a bad precedent for convention delegates to totally ignore the outcome of primaries and caucuses.”  Delegates shouldn’t unbind themselves and unleash all the trouble that would entail simply because they think the voters made a horrible choice.  The fact Donald Trump is the “Boaty McBoatface” of American politics isn’t cause to remove him.

However, I believe there are circumstances under which it’d be appropriate to remove a nominee. When would it be appropriate to strip someone of a hard-won prize?  Perhaps we should ask Donald Trump.

At the 2009 Miss USA pageant (owned by Trump), Miss California, (now Carrie Prejean-Broller) gave an answer in favor of natural marriage, inciting howls of protests from the tolerant left. Initially, Mr. Trump stood by Ms. Prejean, however the controversy continued for weeks, and Mr. Trump had her stripped of her crown. He (and the organization) insisted that the reason for doing this wasn’t because of the controversial statements or the news coverage but rather because she failed to fulfill obligations under her contract, such as making appearances for the Miss California organization.

Prejean-Broller disputes violating her contract, but we’ll not argue the point for the sake of comparison. While most viewers of beauty pageants assume  a beauty pageant involves winning a crown and a prize, winning also means there are duties that a winner is expected to perform. Despite all the effort Prejean-Broller put into winning the pageant, Mr. Trump and the pageant organization decided she should be stripped of the title for failing to perform her duties and responsibilities.

In the same way,  Mr. Trump seems to think he has won a crown as the new Emperor of the Republican Party. He has actually won new responsibilities, duties that must be fulfilled, duties he’s ignoring. These are not written rules but are plainly understood. A nominee of the Republican Party must build a solid campaign ground operation. He must work to unite the Party. He must represent the party well as its public face.

Trump is not living up to these responsibilities. He has outsourced building a ground operation to a cash-strapped RNC. Trump, who is allegedly worth $10 billion, would rather drain the RNC, hurting down-ballot Republicans, rather than liquidate some of his alleged holdings in order to “Make America Great Again.”

At the same time, Trump launched a pointless attack on the record of the chairwoman of the Republican Governor’s Association, Susana Martinez (R-NM) as well as other Republicans. His rock bottom approval rating among Hispanic Americans has sunk under his constant assault on an Indiana-born Federal judge as a “Mexican” who can’t be unbiased about the Trump University case since Trump is “building a wall.” The bias claims have never been raised by Trump’s attorney in court. After days of needless controversy, Trump claimed his statements had been misconstrued and that he would stop talking about the judge, a pledge he broke a few hours later on the Sean Hannity program.

In the midst of these events, Senator Jeff Flake (R-Az.) and syndicated talk show host Hugh Hewitt have raised the possibility of a rule change at the Republican National Convention that could allow for Trump to be dumped.  Delegate pledges are not a political suicide pact, and Trump’s continued failure to perform his duties endangers the entire party.

Many Trump voters may be furious about such a move. If Mr. Trump is removed, it will be the result of a calculation that the losses of extreme Trump loyalists will be less damaging than allowing the GOP brand to be soiled by his continuing utter neglect of his duties as the nominee.  In addition, there would be a hope that a candidate who would emerge from this convention might still be able to win the Presidency due to the extreme toxicity of Hillary Clinton. Yes, despite even the unconventional Republican convention that would provide our replacement candidate’s nomination.

Granted, this is an extreme measure that timid GOP leaders will be hesitant to make. However, it’s a possibility and will only grow more attractive the longer Mr. Trump continues to act as he has.

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tn.) had been one of the biggest advocates for Trump among established political leaders and has been looked at as a potential running mate. He said Trump has two or three weeks to fix his campaign. Corker’s warning should remind Trump of a heart-to-heart he claims he had with Prejean-Broller where he gave her “a second chance” before dismissing her when he felt she had not met his requirements. If Trump fails to right the ship, talk of dumping Trump could move to action. Instead of getting applause and affirmation, Trump could get a simple but all too familiar message from the delegates in Cleveland.

“You’re fired!’

2 comments
  1. That makes a mockery of the voters who go to the polls in state after state and vote for the candidate of their choice. Those delegates are pledged delegates and they have no right to their own choice. They have been elected to cast a vote at the time of the Convention to speak for the voters who went to the Polls. What is the point of even having a primary if the delegates arbitrarily vote for any candidate of their own choice rather than casting a vote for the candidate chosen by the voters in each state?

    As I understand the rules, the delegates are obligated to cast the first vote for the candidate to whom they are pledged based on the way the voters voted in each state. IF any candidate does NOT obtain the majority vote on that first vote, then they are free to shift their allegiance to another candidate. If the leadership at the Convention overthrows Trump (and I did NOT vote for him in the Primary) in any way that manipulates that first vote, there will be total chaos in the Republican Party and I cannot see us recovering in time for the general election.

    We could NOT defeat Trump fair and square in the primaries and we need to suck it up and bite the bullet and accept the vote of We the People (even though that does not reflect my choice). You may not be able to vote for Trump in good conscience but refusing to do so helps to elect Hillary and puts her in the White House.

    We are not voting for leadership in the Body of Christ but in a civil government. You need to accept the explanation in Romans 13 and consider that the civil government in Rome was an empire and the emperors were far more immoral and unacceptable to Christian standards than Trump. Civil government is established to prevent anarchy and we have to make the best choice possible. If we don’t vote for Trump, we are putting Hillary in the White House. Your conscience can speak to you on that point as well.

    1. “What is the point of even having a primary if the delegates arbitrarily vote for any candidate of their own choice rather than casting a vote for the candidate chosen by the voters in each state?”

      Many people will no doubt ask that, and I don’t think that’s an unfair question. I think any sane, responsible person who wins the majority of delegates should get the nomination. Right now, Mr. Trump’s sanity is in doubt, he’s irresponsible, and he’s not doing his job.

      “As I understand the rules, the delegates are obligated to cast the first vote for the candidate to whom they are pledged based on the way the voters voted in each state.”

      Not exactly correct, and each new convention writes its own rules.

      “If the leadership at the Convention overthrows Trump (and I did NOT vote for him in the Primary) in any way that manipulates that first vote, there will be total chaos in the Republican Party ”

      As opposed to what? The orderly and professional campaign Donald Trump is running? A poll came out showing Trump trailing Hillary in Kansas! Kansas!

      “You may not be able to vote for Trump in good conscience but refusing to do so helps to elect Hillary and puts her in the White House.”

      That’s nonsense. If Donald Trump loses Idaho by 1 vote, he’ll have lost a lot of other states. My state hasn’t voted for a Democrat since LBJ. As an Idahoan, I couldn’t help Hillary Clinton win the white House if I cast 50 fraudulent votes a day for her.

      “We are not voting for leadership in the Body of Christ but in a civil government. ”

      I addressed this question in detail:

      https://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2016/05/baptism-donald-trump-president-not-pastor/

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