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Republican Operatives Launch All-Out Effort To Unbind The Delegates And Deny Trump The Nomination

Posted: 19 Jun 2016 01:28 PM PDT

Donald Trump Cube - Public DomainIf you think that Donald Trump already has the Republican nomination locked up, then you don’t understand what is going on behind the scenes.  It has long been my contention that the elite will move heaven and earth in order to keep Trump from ever setting foot in the Oval Office.  One way that they could try to do this is by attempting to deny him the nomination at the Republican convention next month.  Over the past couple of days, the Washington Post, CNN and a whole host of other mainstream news outlets have been reporting on a new “last-ditch effort” that has been launched by Republican operatives to get the Republican convention Rules Committee to unbind all of the delegates and allow them to vote however they want.  As you will see below, they can do this, and if they get enough votes they will do it.

This current effort is different from what we have seen so far during this campaign season, because it is actually being organized by the delegates themselves.  The following comes from the Washington Post

Dozens of Republican convention delegates are hatching a new plan to block Donald Trump at this summer's party meetings, in what has become the most organized effort so far to stop the businessman from becoming the GOP presidential nominee.

The moves come amid declining poll numbers for Trump and growing concern among Republicans that he is squandering his chance to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. Several controversies — including his racial attacks on a federal judge, his renewed call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States and his support for changing the nation's gun laws — have raised fears among Republicans that Trump is not really a conservative and is too reckless to run a successful race.

This movement is being spearheaded by a delegate from Colorado named Kendal Unruh.  She is actually a key member of the Republican convention Rules Committee, and this is very important for reasons that I will explain below.

For her, it is not about getting some other specific candidate nominated.  Rather, the entire goal is simply to stop Donald Trump

"This literally is an 'Anybody but Trump' movement," said Kendal Unruh, a Republican delegate from Colorado who is leading the campaign. "Nobody has any idea who is going to step in and be the nominee, but we're not worried about that. We're just doing that job to make sure that he's not the face of our party."

So what will it take for Unruh and her allies to be successful?

As Fox News explained, there are basically two courses of action…

To prevail, Unruh needs a majority of the 112 members of the convention rules committee, which has two delegates from each state and territory. Then, a majority of the full convention’s 2,472 delegates would have to approve.

There’s a Plan B. If Unruh can win over one-fourth support from the rules committee — just 29 delegates — the full convention must vote on her proposal. So far she’s got around 10 supporters though some prefer delaying the rule’s impact until the 2020 convention, she said.

On Thursday night, Unruh was on a conference call that included at least 30 delegates from 15 different states, and the Washington Post says that regional coordinators for this effort have been recruited “in Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Washington and other states.”

One individual that took part in this conference call on Thursday night told CNN that calls are pouring in from people all over the country that want to be part of this movement…

I will tell you, about every two hours people contact me about how to join this effort,” Lonegan said. “This has never been done before, so there’s no textbook on how to do it. So we’re building an organic effort, state by state, to convince members of the Rules Committee to sign onto a rule that unbinds the delegates to vote their moral conscience.”

So could the Republican convention Rules Committee actually do this?

Could they actually unbind all of the delegates and allow them to vote however they wished?

Well, yes they actually could do this.  As Time Magazine has explained, the Republican convention Rules Committee essentially has the power to make up any rules that they want…

It has the power to review and amend all of the rules of the Republican Party, pending ratification by the full convention. If it wanted to, it could insert a rule that says only candidates with blue hair could be the party's nominee. It's that powerful. In a contested scenario, the Rules Committee would be ground zero for fights over who and how candidates are nominated on the floor, as well as how the convention itself is conducted.

And thanks to political wrangling by the Cruz campaign, we do know that the rules committee is dominated by delegates that are loyal to Cruz

The convention rules committee is made up of one man and one woman from each of the 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Dominated by party insiders and loyalists to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz—who aggressively worked state conventions to secure slots on the committee—it remains to be seen what the committee's appetite would be for such a dramatic break from the existing rules.

If I was Donald Trump, I would be taking this very, very seriously.

But at this point he seems to be brushing it off

“I have tremendous support and get the biggest crowds by far and any such move would not only be totally illegal but also a rebuke of the millions of people who feel so strongly about what I am saying,” Trump said in a statement. “People that I defeated soundly in the primaries will do anything to get a second shot — but there is no mechanism for it to happen.”

Right at this moment we still have about a month left before the convention.

So that gives those involved in the anti-Trump movement quite a bit of time to rally their forces.

The rule change that would unbind all of the delegates and free them up to “vote their consciences” has already been drafted.  Here is the text of the proposed rule change…

Preserving Delegates' Ability to Vote Their Individual Conscience

The secretary of the national convention shall receive and faithfully announce and record each delegate's vote in accordance with these rules. If any such delegate notifies the secretary of his or her intent to cast a vote of conscience, whether personal or religious, each such delegate shall be unbound and unconstrained by these rules on any given vote, including the first ballot for the selection of the Republican nominee for President of the United States, without the risk of challenge, sanction, or retribution by the Republican National Committee. Allowable personal reasons shall include the public disclosure of one or more grievous acts of personal conduct by a nominee candidate, including but not limited to, criminally actionable acts, acts of moral turpitude or extreme prejudice, and/or notorious public statements of support for positions that clearly oppose or contradict the policies embodied in the Republican Party's platform as established at the national convention.

In my new book, I warn about the great political shaking that is coming to this nation, and if this rule change is even attempted at the Republican convention it would create seismic shifts in the U.S. political landscape.

Of course there is still one huge question that I have not even addressed in this article yet.

If Trump has the nomination taken away from him, who would the Republican nominee be?

Some are convinced that it would be Paul Ryan, but I believe that it would be somebody else.

Mitt Romney has certainly not hidden his disdain for Donald Trump, and right now he is quietly waiting in the wings.  If the anti-Trump forces get their way, I believe that he would be the man that ultimately walks away with the prize.

*About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog. Michael's controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled "The Rapture Verdict" is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.*

The Dollar-Crude Oil Price Illusion

Posted: 19 Jun 2016 01:20 PM PDT

The Fed Giveth and the Bullion Banks Taketh Away…

Posted: 19 Jun 2016 01:00 PM PDT

Thursday’s reversal is a critical one, because if we take out $1,287 in the Access Market hours, the technical signal will be egregiously bad. Failed breakout with a double top and an outside reversal to the downside? Uglier than a one-eyed orangutan on steroids…   Silver Shield Pieces of Eight FLASH SALE $1.99 Over Spot […]

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Interview with Palisade Radio: No Major Pullbacks in Sight

Posted: 19 Jun 2016 01:00 PM PDT

Talking points from this week's interview:
• Gold stocks have just got out of the worst bear market in history
• Gold is an indicator of inflation
• You do not get a second major recession following a major recession
• The Fed is impotent to help the economy

Gold has performed well this week but there is resistance at the $1300 mark. There are many factors in play causing volatility in the gold price but this has not effected the stocks which have performed well without any significant corrections.

Gold stocks have touched their key 2014 resistance point, are overbought and have been underperforming compared to gold. We could see some consolidation in the short term. Gold stocks are following a pattern we have seen in other markets, a 20% correction in gold stocks is equivalent to a 10% correction in mainstream stocks and so we are still very much in the long term bull market trend.

A major market crash is not likely, instead we can expect a series of slow growth and minor recessions. The Fed is impotent to help the economy and we will still see a huge increase in government spending as that is what people vote for. This is when we will see inflation really pick up.

Jordan's model portfolio is up over 300% in the last 7 years, he advises to take advantage of the current volatility, if we get a 10 or 15% correction, buy the weakness and in 2, 4, or 6 months you are going to be happy with that entry point.

London Analyst: Bear Market Is Over As Gold Sets New Post-Bear Market High

Posted: 19 Jun 2016 11:00 AM PDT

Precious metals had a strong performance this week, so much so that Thursday gold soared through the $1308 level, long regarded as the technical point which confirms, once breached, that the bear market is over…   Silver Shield Pieces of Eight FLASH SALE $1.99 Over Spot ANY QTY   Submitted by Alasdair Macleod: Having closed at […]

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No Blood, No Bodies in Orlando: “103 People Can’t Be Shot Without Real Evidence” – Former Treas Official

Posted: 19 Jun 2016 10:00 AM PDT

Like many other recent mass shootings, there is a big problem with the official narrative… Buy Silver Coins and Silver Bars at SD Bullion by Paul Craig Roberts, via SHTFPlan: Editor's Comment: While the truth about this event is difficult to know, there is ample strangeness in this case that raises similar questions to those […]

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Silver Price Forecast: The Dow/Silver Ratio Signals All-Time High Silver Prices

Posted: 19 Jun 2016 09:07 AM PDT

Given the above, its natural that the Dow/Silver ratio is also an important indicator for future silver prices.

Is The Financial System On The Brink Of Collapse Again?

Posted: 19 Jun 2016 09:00 AM PDT

Forget BREXIT.  The ongoing "controlled demolition" of Deutsche Bank currently poses perhaps the biggest threat to the western financial system:   From Dave Kranzler: Craig Hemke invited Fund Manager Dave Kranzler onto the show for a discussion about somewhat hidden developments occurring behind the carefully crafted western propaganda facade. For those who have at least been […]

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Harvey Organ: UNBELIEVABLE Silver COT Report!

Posted: 19 Jun 2016 07:06 AM PDT

WE HAVE AN UNBELIEVABLE COT REPORT…   LATEST POLL TONIGHT SHOWS BREXIT FIRMLY IN THE LEAD/MASSIVE PAPER GOLD DEPOSIT INTO GLD OF 7.13 TONNES/HUGE WITHDRAWAL OF 5.418 MILLION OZ OF SILVER FROM THE SLV/ UNBELIEVABLE COT REPORT SHOWING A MASSIVE 54,726 CONTRACTS SUPPLIED SHORT BY COMMERCIALS/CHINA THROWS OUT APPLE WITH RESPECT TO APPLE 6 SALES […]

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Gold Stocks Summer Breakout?

Posted: 18 Jun 2016 09:01 PM PDT

The red-hot gold stocks surged again this week in an apparent early-summer breakout.  This strong buying is defying their seasonally-weak odds this time of year.  Investors are flocking back to the miners as gold powers higher on also-counter-seasonal strong investment buying.  Such unprecedented gold-stock strength in early June highlights how undervalued the miners remain relative […]

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Breaking News And Best Of The Web

Posted: 18 Jun 2016 06:20 PM PDT

Brexit vote is just a few days away, will dominate this week’s news. Central banks seem to be losing control of the narrative. Gold is up on Brexit fears but COT report makes some analysts cautious. Interest rates continue to fall worldwide. The Rio Olympics are looking more and more chaotic, as is the Trump […]

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Fear, Mr. Bond, takes Gold out of circulation…

Posted: 18 Jun 2016 04:00 PM PDT

Goldfinger

The Fed Giveth and the Bullion Banks Taketh Away?

Posted: 18 Jun 2016 04:00 PM PDT

Michael Ballanger

Is Now the Time to Buy Gold or Silver? – Q&A With The Doc

Posted: 17 Jun 2016 08:50 PM PDT

Doc, Would you please advise if this is a good time to purchase either silver or gold?  Would you advise buying silver in increments each week or in one bulk purchase? RS, As legendary gold trader Jim Sinclair has long stated, the hardest part is not the decision to buy gold and silver, it is […]

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Eric Sprott Metals Update: “The Cabal Has the Power!”

Posted: 17 Jun 2016 08:45 PM PDT

Following Friday’s wild gyrations as gold and silver spiked, then were hit hard by the banksters, The Admiral of the Silver Market Eric Sprott breaks it all down. “We had our big break-through and then all of a sudden something happened.  We can’t underestimate that The Cabal has the power.  The only question is do […]

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Turd & Andy on with Max & Stacy

Posted: 11 Jun 2016 09:03 AM PDT

Early last week, I had the honor to join Max and Stacy for a taping of The Max Keiser Show. Along with my friend Andrew Maguire, we had a sort of panel discussion of gold and the global gold market.

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George Soros Making Big Bets on Gold

Posted: 11 Jun 2016 01:00 AM PDT

George Soros has joined fellow billionaire investors Stan Druckenmiller and Ray Dalios on investing big in gold. Precious metals expert Michael Ballanger explains what is behind these moves.

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