Authoritarian Donald Trump, in the lead for the Republican nomination for president, continues to show how dangerous he is, and how much more dangerous he would be if given governmental power. He has just called for riots at the convention if he shows up with the most delegate votes but isn’t nominated.
This shows his ignorance, of course. The delegates are to vote for who won their allegiance during the primaries – on the first ballot and the first ballot only. If there is no majority winner on the first ballot then the delegates are free to vote as they see fit. There have been many conventions in U.S. history where it took many votes for the political party to choose a nominee.
Why? Why is that the way American democracy is conducted? I think it is important to remember that the United States is not a direct democracy – thank goodness. The United States is an elected Republic. The political parties nominate their candidates. The use of primary elections to assist the parties in the nomination of their respective candidates is relatively new – JFK used a couple of primary victories to make his case – at the convention – and was nominated. But the real election of the nominee is on the convention floor. For about the last half century, the conventions have been just rubber stamps of the primaries - the winner of the majority of delegate votes during the primaries won on the first ballot at the convention.
OK, so what? If no one wins the majority of the delegates on the first ballot, they have to win the actual election – the election of the convention floor delegates.
The parties have every right to do their best to nominate a candidate that they think can win the election, and an even greater duty to nominate a candidate that they think will not destroy their party, and a moral duty to nominate one that they think will not destroy the country. Donald Trump is not that candidate. Donald Trump is rightly perceived by many as a candidate that will destroy the Republican Party if nominated, and God Forbid, would destroy the country and perhaps the world if elected president.
If Trump wins on the first ballot and gets the Republican nomination, we can only pray – and VOTE – that he does not become president.
If Trump fails on the first ballot, we can only pray that he is defeated on the convention floor.
If he creates riots to force his nomination I would expect that would permanently dismember and destroy the Republican Party.
If he wins the nomination, especially if he does so by riotous force, I would expect a third party Conservative Candidate to run for president so as to give conservatives someone to vote for. That may happen even if he wins on the first ballot. He is rightly despised by conservatives (and liberals too, of course)
Donald Trump is on a mission of destruction in the service of his astonishingly grandiose ego. The question is - how far does his destruction reach? The best answer is that he manages to destroy himself, with a humiliating loss of the nomination, or failing that with a humiliating loss of the election. The next target of his bile is the Republican Party. The next level out is the United States. Then the world.
He must be stopped. The ugliness is only getting uglier, and will become ever more so the further he advances in his quest for fame and power. He is a pathetic man, needing adoration of supporters and fear of all who oppose him. He promises nothing except bullying violent despotism. Why does anyone think that is going to benefit them?