It’s not just voters the Republican “establishment” is alienating these days. One of the leading GOP candidates for president, Ben Carson, is now threatening to leave the GOP if rumors of plans for a brokered convention turn out to be true.
Via The Hill:
Ben Carson is threatening to leave the GOP following a report that senior Republican officials met to discuss the party’s strategy in the event of a brokered convention.
“If the leaders of the Republican Party want to destroy the party, they should continue to hold meetings like the one described in the Washington Post this morning,” Carson said in a statement released by his campaign.
“If this was the beginning of a plant to subvert the will of the voters and replace it with the will of the political elite, I assure you Donald Trump will not be the only one leaving the party,” he continued.
Five unnamed sources told the Post that Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) attended a dinner on Monday with around 20 senior party officials to discuss the party’s convention strategy.
The sources said several longtime party members argued the establishment must lay the groundwork for a floor fight in the event that Donald Trump sweeps through the primaries.
But Priebus and McConnell reportedly remained silent throughout the deliberations, taking care not to signal support for an anti-Trump effort.
Carson said if the report is true, Republican voters are being “betrayed” by their party.
“I pray that the report in the Post this morning was incorrect,” he said in the statement. “If it is correct, every voter who is standing for change must know they are being betrayed. I won’t stand for it.”
Chief GOP strategist Sean Spicer said he is “confident” that Carson will not leave the party.
“I feel very confident he will stay in the party, as will Donald Trump, as will everyone else,” he said Friday on CNN. “We will have a great nominating process. Everybody will stay in, we will select the best nominee for this party, and we will take back the White House.”
“It’ll all work out, I promise,” he added.
Trump has said he is preparing a strategy in the event of a brokered convention.
It’s no secret that the Republican “establishment” is none too happy about the possibility — that only seems to grow more possible with each poll — of a Donald Trump nomination. We’ve even heard rumors of some establishment types supporting Hillary Clinton over Trump.
What is astonishing to me is that the so-called Republican establishment continues to appear tone-deaf to the will of the American people, that is being strongly voiced — so far — through poll after poll after poll. Looking at the candidates who have largely led in the polls — Trump and Carson, with Ted Cruz now showing momentum — it’s pretty clear that voters aren’t looking for the “establishment” to force a candidate upon them.
So I certainly hope suggestions of a brokered convention prove to be false. It would be sadly ironic if the GOP, the party that stands on the rights of the individual, were to try to override the will of its people with the will of party elite.
If that happens, no doubt Ben Carson would not be the only one leaving the party — not by a long shot…
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]