PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Running out of options to voice displeasure with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, some delegates who oppose him have flirted with a movement to try to upend next week's GOP convention in Cleveland.
"We're faced with what feels like a no-win situation if we go forward with Hillary and Donald Trump", said Wendy Day, who previously worked the campaign for Trump's rival Ted Cruz, and is headed to the convention as a Cruz delegate. And in the RNC Rules Committee meeting Tuesday, chairman Bruce Ash scolded Republicans still attacking Trump. He said that numerous votes cast for Trump in the primaries did not come from members of the Republican Party. The Democratic convention will follow the Republican convention in Philadelphia. The 83-year-old justice is the subject of controversy after she told CNN this week that Trump is a "faker" who is driven by his ego. The first takes place this week, in the Convention Rules Committee, which is charged with drafting the rules guiding next week's nominating convention.
"The combination of Reince Priebus delegates and Trump delegates will give him well over two-thirds", Evans said.
Donald Trump is one of the most disliked politicians in American history.
He also denounced the candidate for taking up the issue "on a whim" and said that Mr. Trump did not support VA privatization last fall.
But his opponents only need the support of 28 out of the 112 members on the panel to demand a minority report that would then go the full convention.
Kendal Unruh, a Colorado delegate for Cruz and a leader of the "Dump Trump" effort, is pushing a proposal to let delegates vote their "conscience" by supporting the candidate of their choosing.
Evans said Trump can apparently count on at least 1,700 devoted delegates - enough to fend off any rule changes. His vocal supporters include Robert Davi (best known for action films like "Die Hard" and "Expendables 3"), Stephen Baldwin, Gary Busey and Jon Voight, who praised Trump for having "no frills, no fuss, only candid truths".
"Basically, who cares?" said one top RNC member on condition of anonymity. All 58 delegates must support Trump by state law. "I think this thing has run its course".
Judge Robert E. Payne of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia blocked enforcement of law binding delegates to vote for the state's primary victor at the convention. Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, who backs Trump, has passed on the chance to be a part of the show.
For Lonegan, the move to unpledge delegates has nothing to do with undermining voters.
Asked whether he agreed with Giuliani's assessment, Trump said the group's name is "divisive". However, the growing #NeverTrump movement may disrupt the process this year.
Police officials have said thousands of officers from Cleveland and other agencies will provide downtown security for the convention, which begins Monday. "We have an abnormal candidate".