In a near-perfect display of New York Values, at least one Trump delegate is conducting himself more like a member of the mob that an elected representative at the upcoming GOP convention next month.
In the face of a movement to “Dump Trump” at the convention, a movement called #FreeTheDelegates, in order to elect a candidate who is not a narcissistic totalitarian madman who actually has a chance to defeat Hillary Clinton, Buffalo NY developer Carl Paladino is threatening to “whack,” a mafia term that means murder, any GOP delegate that goes “off the reservation.”
Carl Paladino is not just any pro-Trump delegate. Paladino was a 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate and is also a campaign co-chairman for Trump in New York.
The thuggish Paladino told The Buffalo News that “there’s going to be a war,” if delegates vote their conscience to stop bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor, Donald Trump.
“I’d certainly whack them if they went off the reservation,” Paladino said.
Paladino further stated that he doubted whether a true delegate revolt would occur and joined the talking point from RNC communications director Sean Spicer, who called the Free the Delegates movement a “media creation.”
However, on Sunday, more than 1,000 Republicans had a highly organized conference call in which they planned to oust Donald Trump in favor of an unnamed unifying candidate who can defeat Hillary Clinton in November.
On Tuesday, popular conservative Republican Governor Scott Walker was asked to comment on Speaker Paul Ryan’s comments on Sunday that GOP delegates should “vote their conscience.”
“I think his comments are legitimate. I think historically, not just this year, delegates are and should be able to vote the way they see fit. … We’ll see how things go between now and the convention as to what the next steps are. I’m not going to speculate now only because you all know the situation may change by this afternoon, let alone between now and the convention.”
Kendal Unruh, a GOP delegate from Colorado who is a leader in the Free the Delegates movement, a high school government teacher by profession, told MSNBC’s Joy Reid last week that there were two prior Supreme Court cases and “two hundred historical precedents” that have made the case that binding delegates is technically unconstitutional.
“It’s actually illegal to bind a delegate and there have been two Supreme Court cases and there have been two hundred historical precedents that have made the case. And out of a 136-year history of the Republican Party, there has only been one convention, in 1976, between Ford and Reagan, where the delegates were truly bound.”
It will be interesting to see if Paladino’s piggish intimidation tactics will have an impact at the convention or if principled delegates, whose job to act as a firewall and a final check against the public’s temporary unbridled passions that may, on rare occasions, get suckered by a con man like Donald Trump.
Instead of sounding like a New York mob boss, Trump, Paladino and their ilk should be using persuasion to convince delegates to support Donald Trump. Obviously, that is getting harder and harder to do and therefore threats must instead be used.