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Sun Jun 23, 2024, 11:08 AM Jun 23

Trump campaign seeks to head off convention revolt from its right flank [View all]

Source: The Washington Post

Aides scrambled to foil a plot to throw the nominating process into chaos as suspicions abound about potentially disloyal delegates.

Arizona delegates to the Republican National Convention gathered this month in a Phoenix suburb, showing up to get to know each other and learn about their duties...Part of the presentation included a secret plan to throw the party’s nomination of Donald Trump for president into chaos.

The instructions did not come from “Never Trumpers” hoping to stop the party from nominating a felon when delegates gather in Milwaukee next month. They instead came from avowed “America First” believers hatching a challenge from the far right — a plot to release the delegates from their pledge to support Trump, according to people present and briefed on the meeting, slides from the presentation and private messages obtained by The Washington Post... “The leaders of this group, Shelby Busch and Joe Neglia, are engaged in a multi-state conspiracy to suspend the rules at the national convention,” the campaign said in a memo outlining the plan to recruit new delegates and swear them in.

The exact purpose of the maneuver was not clear — and left some delegates puzzled and alarmed...The episode in Arizona — a swing state where Republicans have been gripped by especially strong doubts about the integrity of elections — unfolded mostly out of sight...suspicions have circulated among Trump’s supporters that covert saboteurs have somehow infiltrated their ranks...“Suspending of the rules would then allow an open forum to consider alternate candidates to Trump,” one person involved in the state’s delegate drama said...“I suspect that they really don’t want us to win. … They’re making money on the election integrity stuff,” a Republican said...“This is an orchestrated effort by our political adversaries using the same vile Democrat tactics on display against our beloved President Trump,” another delegate said...Among some on the far right, suspicions have intensified that the former president has surrounded himself with too many advisers beholden to the “deep state.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/06/22/trump-convention-revolt-right-wing-arizona/

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