Whether you call it the #DumpTrump, #NeverTrump, #FreeTheDelegates or #DelegatesUnbound movement, there is a major effort to block New York liberal, bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump from becoming the GOP nominee at the Republican Party Convention in Cleveland, which is now only one week away.
One obstacle for delegates wishing to stop the narcissistic and authoritarian Trump from his attempt to hijack conservatism and ruin the Republican Party and the nation are questionable state laws that force political party delegates to throw their consciences to the wind and vote for the winner of that state’s primary or caucus.
On Monday, due to a court challenge, a federal judge barred Virginia from enforcing its law that binds delegates, meaning that elected delegates are free to do their duty, which in a representative republic is not to rubber stamp voters’ wishes (which in normal elections is what happens), but to act as the party’s final firewall, a last check-and-balance, to stop the public’s temporary unbridled passions from nominating someone who would be detrimental to both the party and the nation.
— Andrew M. Grossman (@andrewmgrossman) July 11, 2016
The federal judge in the case, Correll v. Herring, ruled that the Virginia law is unconstitutional and that it violated the delegate’s “First Amendment rights of free political speech and political association.”
Fed. judge rules that Virginia delegate to convention cannot be bound to vote for Trump on first vote. pic.twitter.com/tUoVPGIzXE
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) July 11, 2016
The lawsuit was filed by Virginia delegate Beau Correll and likely paves the way for the basic nullification of other such state laws, a major win for the movement to dump Trump.
Other delegates have argued, backing up their case with history and facts, that delegates are already unbound and have always been able to vote their conscience, unless when they vote to bind themselves.
According to longtime RNC rules committee member Curly Haugland, the only time that Republicans were technically bound was in 1976, when Gerald Ford narrowly defeated Ronald Reagan.