Thursday, April 14, 2016

Unofficial Trump Operative Wants Trump Delegates to Take Loyalty Oaths

Roger Stone, a veteran political operative who aggressively supports Donald Trump, albeit does not hold an official role with the campaign, penned a piece on this week in which he indicates Trump delegates at the Cleveland Republican National Convention will be required to sign a loyalty pledge to support the New York businessman:
The big steal happens even if Donald Trump hits the magic 1237! In the meantime, the Cruz forces seek to chisel delegates from Trump in states where he won primaries, which we see happening in Louisiana, Arkansas, and elsewhere — plus Colorado, where no primary or caucus took place.
The fix is in. The same insiders who have nearly destroyed the Republican Party are at it again, plotting in a backroom deal to block Donald Trump’s nomination as the GOP candidate for president. Trump has played by the rules and he’s winning big, fair and square. This lobbyist-led plot was concocted by the donor class and others who have
Roger Stone
bought and paid for the allegiance of the dishonest brokers of the Republican Party.
We at Stop the Steal, the grassroots uprising, and March on Cleveland will ask every Trump delegate to the Republican convention to sign a pledge that “they will remain committed to vote for the winner of the primary or caucus as chosen by the voters (Donald J. Trump )” through the entire balloting process. In other words, respect the will of the voters.
This will be a voluntary pledge. The voters will know whom they can trust — and who will play along with the insiders’ attempt to steal the nomination from Donald Trump. The media will know too. Then these “Trojan Horses” can explain why our votes don’t matter.
Well, of course, it will be voluntary...because such promises are legally unenforceable.  Stone continues to be surprisingly clueless on how to woo delegates.  Making them sign "loyalty pledges" will likely tick off a lot of delegates who might otherwise be inclined to support Trump throughout the process.  Previously Stone had indicated they will give out the room numbers of delegates who will not support Trump despite the vote in their states. Politico reports:
"We’re going to have protests, demonstrations. We will disclose the hotels and the room numbers of those delegates who are directly involved in the steal," Stone said Monday in a discussion with Stefan Molyneux on Freedomain Radio, as he alleged that Trump's opponents planned to deny the democratic will of Republican primary voters.
"If you’re from Pennsylvania, we’ll tell you who the culprits are. We urge you to visit their hotel and find them. You have a right to discuss this, if you voted in the Pennsylvania primary, for example, and your votes are being disallowed," Stone said.
Yes, because we know the best way to persuade delegates to support Trump is to threaten them.

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