From the “Unbelievable,” “Unreal,” and “You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up” Departments comes this surreal level of hypocrisy straight from the chairman of the Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.
Flashback to last Wednesday at the Republican National Convention, Ted Cruz was eviscerated by Reince Priebus and his henchmen like Sean Spicer for having the “gall” to tell Republican voters to “vote their consciences.”
Fast forward to today, Monday, the first day of the Democrat National Convention, and Reince Priebus is telling Democrat voters to — catch this –vote their consciences.
No, I did not make that up.
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday, Reince Priebus was asked about the boos Bernie Sanders received while speaking to his followers when he said, “We have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.”
“My reaction to it is they’re ticked off, they have a right to be, they were lied [to]—and Hillary Clinton is their nominee based on false pretenses,” he answered. “And so, I mean, I’m not sure whether they have any mechanism to vote their conscience on the floor and rectify the problem or not, but clearly, these people were lied to in the most personal way, so, yeah, they’re mad, and they should be.”
It’s a good thing Priebus’s candidate didn’t lie to voters, like accusing a fellow candidate’s father of assassinating JFK or anything.
It should be noted that grassroots Republicans fought tooth and nail, going through proper channels and following stated RNC rules to call for a floor vote on “voting their conscience.”
Those votes were not allowed by Reince Priebus and Donald Trump’s mob-like thugs, in violation of their own rules.
The above is just another in a long — very long — series of reasons why America needs a real conservative party — a party built on the constitutional principles that made America great and will make America great again when they’re restored.
The Weekly Standard reports that Democrat delegates already have a “conscience” clause, quite different from what Priebus allowed at the GOP Convention:
According to Democratic rules, not even “pledged” delegates are bound in the sense that they’re compelled to vote for a specific candidate. Per Rule 12.J, the party’s language is, “Delegates elected to the national convention pledged to a presidential candidate shall in all good conscience reflect the sentiments of those who elected them.”
Priebus and Republican officials were working behind the scenes last week to prevent the adoption of a conscience clause at their own convention. The efforts of anti-Donald Trump forces to unbind delegates from supporting the nominee on the floor ultimately fell short, though the failure didn’t stop Ted Cruz from objecting in his own way during a dramatic speech last Wednesday.’