Third Party Trump Run if Denied GOP Nomination?
by Stephen Lendman
National polls show him way out in front, up to 20 points over Cruz. You’d think he’d be unstoppable. Not if party bosses intend blocking him. More on this below.
America’s political system is deplorable, the best democracy money can buy, insiders deciding who’ll be president and fill key congressional posts, ordinary people having no say whatever.
Elections are farcical, theater, not democracy in action, meaningless exercises, why half the electorate usually opts out.
Choices this year for the nation’s highest office show why - between a political anomaly bombastic billionaire real estate tycoon, the Senate’s most detested neocon, a dangerous war goddess risking WW III if elected, and a phony populist making promises he won’t keep.
Trump looks poised to be slightly short of the 1,237 delegates needed for nomination when Republicans meet at convention time in July - yet way ahead of only rival Cruz.
He’s adamant, saying the candidate with the most votes should be party standard bearer. “I have millions more votes. That’s my leverage,” he said.
A Bloomberg poll last month showed nearly two-thirds of Republicans support his position if not his worldview.
A March Pew Center poll showed only 38% of Republicans and others likely to support party candidates willing to endorse him if nominated.
Are plans afoot for anyone but Trump? Will dirty politics deny the clear GOP frontrunner? On Fox News Sunday, he refused to rule out an independent run if a manipulated convention fails to make him GOP standard bearer.
“I want to run as a Republican,” he said. “I will beat Hillary Clinton.” He abandoned his pledge to support another party choice if denied. His future plans depend on how he’s treated, he said - so far “very unfairly,” he stressed.
What’s happening behind the scenes won’t be known until nominating convention time. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus was less than candid saying plans aren’t afoot to deny Trump.
Party bosses are actively plotting to stop him, secret discussions taking place, aiming for a brokered convention they control.
It remains to be seen if Trump can foil them. Politics isn’t for sissies - corrupt and dirty in America, a democracy in name only.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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