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Group Forms to Thwart Trump

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Friday, 18 Mar 2016 09:47 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Conservatives opposed to Donald Trump’s nomination met in Washington, D.C., Thursday to discuss a “unity ticket” that could defeat Trump at the Republican convention this summer.

They also did not rule out an insurgent candidate if Trump emerges as the nominee.

While most of the “conservatives against Trump group insisted on anonymity, its key organizers were three longtime conservative activists: radio talk-show host and blogger Erick Erickson; Bill Wichterman, longtime adviser to former Pennsylvania Sen. and past presidential candidate Rick Santorum; and South Dakota businessman Bob Fischer.

Also joining the group at Washington’s Army-Navy Club was Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., a strong supporter of Ted Cruz’s presidential candidacy.

Sources at the meeting told me that there was unanimous agreement among participants that Trump should definitely not become the GOP nominee and true conservatives should not embrace his candidacy. As a subsequent statement issued by the participants put it, “We are committed to ensuring a real conservative candidate is elected. We believe that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump, a Hillary Clinton donor, is that person.”

The statement went on to warn that the scenario of a Trump nomination “is an issue of morals and character that all Americans, not just those of us in the conservative movement, must confront.”

As to how to stop Trump, a spokesman for the “Conservatives Against Trump” said the group felt that an alliance of his remaining GOP opponents was more feasible than trying to start a third party.

“There was a definite feeling at the meeting that a candidate other than Trump can win a clear majority at the convention,” spokesman Quin Hillyer, a journalist long active with conservative causes and candidates, told me. “That is our first objective. With a unity ticket, we can win a clear majority — no tricks, fair and square.”

As to what was meant by “unity ticket,” another participant told me on background: “Ted Cruz and John Kasich are the last two active candidates remaining who are opposed to Trump. If no one wins a majority on the first ballot [at the convention], then on the second ballot, there might be enough delegates to nominate someone other than Trump if the other candidates join forces.”

For now, the “conservatives against Trump” have made it clear they are actively seeking to thwart the nomination of a candidate who has just over half the delegates needed to secure that nomination. Who now joins this group and what it accomplishes — if anything — in terms of derailing the Trump train will be one of the intriguing political side stories in the weeks ahead.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.
 

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