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CLEVELAND — The Never Trump agitators have been defeated, but they say they’re not going away.
Republicans who failed to change party rules here this week and stop Donald Trump from winning the party’s presidential nomination are threatening to cause chaos on the floor of the national convention next week. Bruised by the way party leaders handled debate on a series of proposed rule changes, leaders of anti-Trump groups vowed Friday to find ways to draw at least some political blood when the party meeting begins Monday.
Options - Attempts - Trouble - Conventions - Activists
The options are limited, and attempts to cause trouble at political conventions are usually quickly thwarted. But anti-Trump activists who spent weeks trying to play within the party structure now say they will do what Trump hates the most — find a way to embarrass him.
“If they thought they were going to have the nice, unified kumbaya show, they just completely guaranteed they’re not going to have it,” said Kendal Unruh, a GOP delegate from Colorado who led an anti-Trump group.
Marathon - Meeting - Thursday - Unruh - Band
During a marathon meeting Thursday, Unruh and a small band of like-minded delegates repeatedly failed in attempts to strip Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus of some of his authority and enact rules that would reopen the nomination fight and put Trump at risk. The RNC and the Trump campaign banded together, agreeing to help preserve policies enacted by Priebus during his six years as chairman and stop attempts to unbind delegates to the results of state caucuses and primaries.
“#NeverTrump is never more,” Trump wrote in a boastful tweet Friday. “They were crushed last night in Cleveland.”
Trump - Campaign - Chairman - Paul - Manafort
Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, spent two months overseeing an elaborate, process-laden pressure campaign to stop the rebellion and insisted that he would successfully quash opponents. But the anti-Trump movement continued to hold support from inside and outside the...
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