The Republican establishment is still "toying with the idea" of denying the GOP presidential nomination to either Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh says.
On his radio show Wednesday, the conservative host said he was startled
to that conclusion by the commentary following Cruz's decisive win in Wisconsin – and information he heard about a meeting involving a "bunch of operatives."
"Flying home last night [from New York] I heard there was a super-secret meeting at the [Republican National Committee] with a bunch of operatives, and they were planning delegate rules behavior, strategy for the convention," Limbaugh said.
He said he was also surprised at the television analysis of the Wisconsin primary results, saying pundits were discussing "what matters is the growing gap" between Trump supporters and non-Trump voters.
"Not this big Cruz win, not the fact that Trump lost," he said. "No, no, no, what matters is this growing gap."
"I'm putting these things together," he said.
"I think what it means is that the establishment is still toying with the idea, they're exploring the possibility of denying both these guys the nomination if neither gets to 1,237" delegates, Limbaugh said. "That's what I think this means."
But Limbaugh also conceded, "I don't think it's a fait accompli yet."
"I don't think they've decided to do it, but I know they're toying with this idea of coming up with rules that essentially will disqualify both Cruz and Trump if neither gets to 1,237 on the basis that the people have spoken, the Democratic process played out," he said.
"We have primaries and we have gazillions and gazillions of people voting, and we did not get a winner. Therefore, both candidates have been rejected by the people. I know there are people in the party trying to see if they can make that happen."
"Nobody knows what's gonna happen here," he added.
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