The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) have teamed up to stop any sort of revolt or backlash against the presumptive nominee at next month's convention in Cleveland.
In order to keep an image of party unity, the RNC has warned delegates that any attempt to undermine Donald Trump's claim to the title of Republican presidential nominee is against party rules, according to The New York Times. Additionally, both Trump and the RNC will deny speaking slots to any Republicans that are disloyal to the Trump campaign.
The largest force that the RNC and the Trump campaign need to overcome is a coalition of Republican delegates that have created an "anyone but Trump" campaign and are calling for a "conscience clause" that would allow delegates to not vote for Trump. Backers of this resistance movement include Texas Sen.Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Sen. John Kasich, CNN reports.
"This is a coalition of Kasich, Cruz and Rubio [supporters] and we are all agreeing on one goal, which is: Anybody but Trump," Colorado delegate and organizer of the resistance campaign Kendal Unruh said Friday. The campaign is attempting to convince delegates that they do not have to be bound to vote for Trump and that they can vote for anyone they want.
This type of resistance to the presumptive nominee is exactly what the RNC and the Trump campaign are hoping to avoid at next month's Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The New York Times reports that loyal party members will hold key party positions during the convention in order to maintain order at the convention in case delegates try to protest. Additionally, the RNC is attempting to discredit any delegate who tries to rewrite party rules in order to vote for another candidate.
It appears impossible to stop Donald Trump, who has won 37 states and a majority of party delegates. However, if the anti-Trump forces cause a scene on national television, it would not look good for the image of the Trump campaign or the Republican party, The New York Times reports.
Peter Feaman, a party stalwart who will serve on the convention rules committee, stressed that the RNC will back the presumptive nominee no matter what. "We're going to ride the Trump bandwagon into 1600 Penn. Ave., or into oblivion," he told The New York Times. "One or the other."
According to Politico, many prominent Republicans are avoiding the convention entirely or simply remaining silent.