Past Features

March 17, 2016

GOP Divided?
Yes - patriots on one side - open borders on the other

NBC News -- March 17, 2016  
Donald Trump Warns Supporters Could Riot if He Doesn't Get GOP Nomination
    Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that his supporters would respond with "riots" if he fails to secure the nomination at July's convention in Cleveland.
    "I think you'd have riots," Trump told CNN on Wednesday. "I think you'd have riots. I'm representing a tremendous many, many millions of people."
    At Trump rallies, people of all ages and creeds, even some outside the continent, have continued to make their voices heard.
    Far from idle chatter, Trump's words come as escalating protests from left-wing activists, heated responses from his supporters, and increasing tensions within the GOP over his candidacy are raising fears that the convention could devolve into chaos. Cleveland is reportedly working to procure 2,000 sets of riot gear equipment for its officers.
    As Trump indicated, there is a very real possibility he might lose the nomination if he wins only a plurality of delegates thanks to party rules that allow delegates to support different candidates after the initial ballot.
    In that context, the message to Republicans was clear on Wednesday: Nice convention you got there, shame if something happened to it.
    "I think bad things would happen, I really do," Trump said. "I believe that. I wouldn't lead it but I think bad things would happen."
    The same week Trump predicted a riot, he tweeted to his millions of followers that Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders needed to "be careful" or Trump would direct supporters to disrupt Sanders events. That tweet came in response to an unsupported claim that the Vermont senator had personally sent his voters to protest Trump events.

Politico -- March 16, 2016
Trump, Cruz vow to barricade Kasich from convention
    Advisers to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz say there's no way they'll allow John Kasich to even compete at a contested national convention --- let alone prevail.
    Trump and Cruz are betting that their dual dominance in the delegate hunt will permanently box out the Ohio governor, who has no mathematical path to the nomination and is openly pursuing a floor fight at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. And their aides say Kasich won't even make it to the floor.