Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Donald Trump Tells RNC: Reform Rules Or Face ‘Rough’ July Convention

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump again warned the GOP that if it doesn’t treat him fairly, it would face consequences at the nominating convention later this summer.

On Saturday, the real estate mogul called on party leaders to reform the way convention delegates are selected or face a “rough July” in Cleveland.

“The Republican National Committee, they’d better get going, because I’ll tell you what: You’re going to have a rough July at that convention,” Trump said during a campaign event in Syracuse, New York. “You’d better get going, and you’d better straighten out the system, because the people want their vote. The people want their vote, and they want to be represented properly.”

Trump has accused the RNC of setting up a “rigged” process after his rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) swept delegates in Louisiana, Colorado and most recently Wyoming this weekend. In many cases, however, Trump’s campaign was simply out-organized by Cruz’s superior grassroots team, which has made the effort to show up to local and state party meetings where activists pick the actual delegates.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus dismissed Trump’s comments as “hyperbole” in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” further stating he should take his complaints to the state parties.

“Each individual state determines how they’re going to allocate their delegates. So, it’s up to the campaigns to know the rules and compete in each of those states within the rules,” he said Sunday.

Trump has previously suggested trouble at the convention as a way to make the RNC bow to his bidding. Last month, he warned of “riots” in Cleveland if the party blocks him from collecting the necessary 1,237 delegates needed to secure the GOP nomination. Roger Stone, one of the candidate’s informal advisers, also suggested leaking the hotel room numbers of delegates who do not maintain their loyalty to Trump.

Original Article
Author: Igor Bobic

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