Donald J. Trump faces the next big fight after tonight’s big Indiana primary win. After tonight Donald J. Trump will lock up the nomination beyond dispute. But there is a big fight coming that Trump might lose.
The next big fight is not the upcoming primaries. Trump is far ahead in California with the latest poll registering 54% support there (34 points higher than the #2) and the likelihood Trump will win all of California’s 172 delegates. On the same day Trump will win New Jersey‘s 51 delegates in that winner take all state. Before then, on May 10, Trump will win all of West Virginia‘s 34 delegates. With Trump’s delegate count, before Indiana votes it’s 57 delegates tonight, at about 1,000 delegates and 1,237 delegates needed for the nomination, you do the math. Other states will vote in which Trump will gain even more delegates but the above contests are more than enough for Donald J. Trump to become the 2016 GOP nominee. Plus, today a new poll has Trump up nationally at 56% support.
As we wrote last year, Trump will be the 2016 GOP nominee for president of the United States.
The next big fight for Donald J. Trump is the fight over control of the GOP convention. This will be the big fight. It is a bigger fight than the fight for the nomination.
It won’t be enough for Donald J. Trump to get 1,237 delegates and win the GOP nomination. For Trump to accomplish what we long ago described as a “hostile takeover” of the GOP, Trump will have to seize control of the GOP convention in Cleveland.
Donald J. Trump will have more than the 1,237 delegate votes he needs to be nominated. Some, if not many, of those delegates will be forced to vote for Trump by law. This means that some, if not many, of the delegates that vote for Trump’s nomination will still vote against Trump’s interests at the convention. These treacherous delegates will vote for Trump on the first ballot but at every turn they might vote with Paul Ryan, who will be chairman of the convention, and the interests of the establishment.
For Donald J. Trump this means that Donald Trump should begin immediately to agitate to seize full control of the convention. This means that Donald J. Trump and his appointees should supervise every detail of the show called the GOP convention. Trump’s appointees should determine who will speak and when. Trump’s appointees should determine and have full control of all convention events as well as the calendar of events. It’s not just that Donald Trump will know how to produce a better “show” than the dull establishment. Donald Trump will produce a better political party than the one he is set to destroy tonight.
For Donald J. Trump to fulfill his revolutionary role and total seizure of the GOP he must first command fully and totally the GOP convention in Cleveland.
Total control of the GOP convention in Cleveland will mean that Trump will dominate the rules, platform, and credentials committees. From there Trump can demand total control of the Republican National Committee. Once he has control of the Republican National Committee and the apparatus of the party nationally, Trump can also seize total control of the finance committees and the state “victory committees” which will likely be the vehicles by which the Trump campaign runs alongside the state Republican campaigns.
Trump must also demand total control of the campaign finance committees for the GOP Senate and House. Any fund raising Trump commits to for any GOP effort must be predicated on funding only candidates which will support his election as president.
As we previously wrote, the GOP establishment, the ancien régime of the corrupt and rotted now accept that Trump will be the GOP nominee but they have devised a new strategy to strip Trump’s ideas and policies away from Trump. The ancien régime will tolerate Trump but only without Trumpism. The ancien régime will use every trick and every bit of power at their disposal to achieve their strategic aims now that they have lost the nomination fight. That’s why it is so important for Trump to strip the GOP establishment of any and all power to do further harm to the nation.
Trump will secure the nomination fight tonight. But the big battle for control of the party and the great realignment to come, will begin with the fight for control of the GOP convention in Cleveland.