'Never Trumpers' Aren't Done Yet

If they can't dump Trump, they'll embarrass him
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2016 12:33 AM CDT
'Never Trump' Advocates Not Giving Up Yet
Workers place a sign as they prepare the Quicken Loans Arena for the Republican National Convention.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Republican National Convention kicks off on Monday and some members of the Never Trump movement still hope he can somehow be stopped before they have to start calling themselves the Never Trump Again movement. Trump foes suffered a major defeat Thursday when the Rules Committee rejected an attempt to "unbind" Trump delegates and let them vote for somebody else, but anti-Trump leaders are planning another attempt to change the rules Monday, aided by Ken Cuccinelli, leader of a conservative faction, Politico reports. If they can't bring in a rule change that will allow them to rebel against Trump, some delegates are considering walkouts or other ways to embarrass Trump and his allies.

"If they thought they were going to have the nice, unified kumbaya show, they just completely guaranteed they’re not going to have it,” Kendal Unruh, a GOP delegate from Colorado who leads the Free the Delegates group, told the Washington Post after party leaders crushed the attempt to change the rules last week. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus tells ABC that Never Trumpers need to accept the fact that 14 million GOP primary voters "picked someone they didn't want"—and if they disrupt the convention, they will only be helping Hillary Clinton. "It's a binary choice," he says "It’s Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton." (The Trump campaign dumped its new Trump/Pence logo after a day.)

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