GOP official openly admits that the voters don’t choose the nominee.
A Republican convention rules member and delegate revealed to CNBC today that political parties, not the American people, choose presidential nominees.
“The media has created the perception that the voters choose the nomination. That’s the conflict here,” Curly Haugland said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” show.
The unbound GOP delegate even questioned why caucuses and primaries are held, meaning that elections are nothing more than popularity contests where the winner is ultimately decided by party elites. Haugland is one of 112 Republican delegates who are unbound to a single candidate, making it possible for him to choose whoever he wants at the Republican convention.
Delegates like Haugland could pledge themselves to someone like Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney should the establishment pursue a brokered convention. As it stands, Donald Trump is the only candidate eligible to win the nomination due to a 2012 rule, designed at the time to stop Ron Paul, stating that the eventual nominee must win at least eight states.
However, Haugland has already proposed a rule change which would allow any candidate who earns at least one delegate to be nominated.
Trump responded to rumors of a brokered convention by warning about the possiblility of civil unrest as a result of the Republican establishment stealing victory from him and his supporters.
Regardless of the repercussions, which could be severe, the elites seem poised and ready to snatch the nomination from Trump should he fail to amass the required 1237 delegate threshold to clinch it. The real estate mogul is currently on course to reach that number – but needs close to 60% of the remaining delegates to hit it.