Trump is not a conservative, never has been. So why do Trump supporters continue to argue otherwise? Now we have the proof from Trump’s campaign manager who bragged about their big wins in yesterday’s Rules Committee at the convention. Trump and the establishment joined forces to crush the grassroots. They would permit NO changes in how the Republican Party is run. For the next 4 years we are again stuck with Romney’s rules, a party that is run from the top down with little or no regard for the grassroots.
Now Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is bragging about crushing the grassroots, Ken Cuccinelli and Morton Blackwell, in the Rules committee. (Never mind that Cuccinelli’s and Blackwell’s proposals had nothing to do with Trump.) On his twitter feed he said,
Anti-Trump people get crushed at Rules Committee. It was never in doubt: Convention will honor will of people & nominate
He is bragging about crushing such rule changes as allowing members of the RNC to vote for party officials rather than Reince Priebus
anointing appointing them. Another proposed change would be to use nomination methods that discouraged Democrats from voting in our primaries. (Apparently the establishment and Trump don’t want that. It’s obvious why Trump wouldn’t want it. Had that rule been in effect Trump would never have won the nomination. He needed Democrats voting in our primaries.) Another change would have given more weight to Republican districts rather than all districts being equal in nominating our candidate. Nancy Pelosi’s district would not carry the same weight as Dave Brat’s district. But Trump and the establishment “crushed” these changes, authored by Morton Blackwell and supported by Ken Cuccinelli, changes that would have benefitted our party.
Is this the way to bring the party together? Bragging about ‘crushing’ the conservatives and grassroots in the Rules Committee won’t do anything but cause more resentment and perhaps open a few eyes to the fact that Trump is not a conservative and cares nothing about the grassroots. Some of us have known that from the beginning.