Multiple sources are reporting that GOP insiders, governors, donors, and tech CEOs recently gathered at two separate meetings to keep GOP front-runner Donald Trump from winning the party’s nomination for president.
One gathering was at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Park City, Utah. The governors were treated to a slide show purporting to prove that Trump could be held to less than the 1,237 delegates he would need to win the nomination outright.
The Huffington Post reported that a handful of tech CEOs also met the weekend of March 6 at an isolated Georgia resort with GOP leadership to derail the Trump juggernaut.
The meeting on Georgia’s Sea Island was reportedly attended by Apple’s Tim Cook, Tesla Motor’s Elon Musk, Facebook investor Larry Page, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan along with several other GOP leaders. The meeting was sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute.
Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol was especially concerned the meeting was haunted by the “specter of Donald Trump.” Here’s more of his remarks as reported by Breitbart:
“The key task now, to once again paraphrase Karl Marx, is less to understand Trump than to stop him. In general, there’s a little too much hand-wringing, brow-furrowing, and fatalism out there and not quite enough resolving to save the party from nominating or the country electing someone who simply shouldn’t be president.”
The group of leaders also discussed the possibility of a brokered convention and reviewed plans to keep Trump from gaining the GOP nomination.
This is, of course, far from the only time GOP insiders have tried to float the idea of a brokered convention.
Audio of Rubio campaign manager Terry Sullivan was leaked discussing similar plans to force Trump into a brokered convention and for keeping him below the needed delegate count ahead of the convention.
A brokered national political convention is rare. The last times they occurred were in the 1948 National Republican Convention that nominated Thomas Dewey, and the 1952 Democratic National Convention which nominated Adlai Stevenson.
Do you think the GOP establishment will attempt a brokered convention, even if Trump has the required number of 1,237 delegates? And if so, do you think they will succeed in their efforts… and who will they replace The Donald with?