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ABC News Reports RNC Exploring Options if Trump Drops Out of Race

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  1. Deckard

    Deckard Blade Runner
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    I'm not making this up. From ABC News:

    Senior GOP Officials Exploring Options if Trump Drops Out

    Republican officials are exploring how to handle a scenario that would be unthinkable in a normal election year: What would happen if the party's presidential nominee dropped out?

    ABC News has learned that senior party officials are so frustrated — and confused — by Donald Trump's erratic behavior that they are exploring how to replace him on the ballot if he drops out.

    So how would it work?

    First, Trump would have to voluntarily exit the race. Officials say there is no mechanism for forcing him to withdraw his nomination. (Trump has not given any indications that he no longer wants to be his party's nominee.)

    Then it would be up to the 168 members of the Republican National Committee to choose a successor, though the process is complicated.

    One Republican legal expert has advised party officials that, for practical reasons, Trump would have to drop out by early September to give the party enough time to choose his replacement and get the next nominee's name on the ballot in enough states to win.

    Here is what the RNC's bylaws say about filling a vacancy on a presidential ticket:

    Rule No. 9: Filling Vacancies in Nominations

    (a) The Republican National Committee is hereby authorized and empowered to fill any and all vacancies which may occur by reason of death, declination or otherwise of the Republican candidate for president of the United States or the Republican candidate for vice president of the United States, as nominated by the national convention, or the Republican National Committee may reconvene the national convention for the purpose of filling any such vacancies.

    (b) In voting under this rule, the Republican National Committee members representing any state shall be entitled to cast the same number of votes as said state was entitled to cast at the national convention.

    (c) In the event that the members of the Republican National Committee from any state shall not be in agreement in the casting of votes hereunder, the votes of such state shall be divided equally, including fractional votes, among the members of the Republican National Committee present or voting by proxy.

    (d) No candidate shall be chosen to fill any such vacancy except upon receiving a majority of the votes entitled to be cast in the election.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/senior-gop-officials-exploring-options-trump-drops/story?id=41089609

    There's a video at the link, and definitely one here:

    Senior GOP Officials Exploring Options if Trump Drops Out - ABC News -
    http://abcn.ws/2auePnM
     
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  2. pirc1

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    :grin: The Donald does not fire himself.
     
  3. Deckard

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    That's the irony. Unless Trump decides that he doesn't enjoy running for President after all, this is wishful thinking by the leaders of the Republican Party. My guess is that this is coming out in order to give Trump a hint, as in, "Please drop out!!"
     
  4. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost clean your room bucko

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    If it is looking like he is going to lose, Trump will drop out.

    He is too much of a narcissist and egomaniac to swallow the embarassment that is an electoral buttwhooping.
     
  5. BMoney

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    The GOP made this bed. They get to die in it.
     
  6. Deckard

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    I understand your thinking, but take a different view. Trump won't drop out because he is too much of a narcissist and egomaniac.
     
  7. Space Ghost

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    At first I was wondering why anyone would think Trump would drop out, but now that you mentioned it, this would be a very Trump move. Trump has no problem handling the presidency to Hillary.

    If Trump would drop out, Hillarys numbers would jump up, contrary to the "Im voting against Trump, im not voting for Hillary".
     
  8. Bobbythegreat

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    I strongly disagree. Trump is motivating a LOT of people to support Hillary that otherwise wouldn't. Put damn near anyone else against her and Hillary is in serious trouble.
     
  9. txtony

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    If he does drop out, I'm sure there are plenty of 'legitimate' reasons to protect his ego.
     
  10. Deckard

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    I don't think Trump will drop out, despite the GOP leadership dearly wishing he would, in my humble opinion, but if he does, my prediction would be that he'll wait until it is too late for the Republican Party to get a replacement for him that would have a shot at making a race of the contest against Hillary. I don't see Pence being a viable candidate. They would need a strong person at the top of the ticket, and like yesterday, to have any chance at all. Someone like Ryan, for example, although he would probably decline, if it were offered.
     
  11. Anticope

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    I highly doubt this. Trump already knows he's probably going to lose so that's why he's setting up the "election is rigged" narrative. He never admits that he's wrong or has lost and dropping out of the race would be him admitting defeat and a yuuuuge self-inflicted shot to his ego.
     
  12. justtxyank

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    Seriously. He's not dropping out. Losing a rigged election is way better for his ego and his future than quitting.
     
  13. Hey Now!

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    Yep. I don't think his " the system is rigged" rhetoric is him setting up excuses when he loses - it's him greasing the skids for an early exit. In his mind, he saves face with a completely legitimate concern, that the deck was stacked against him. It's right in line with his abject lack of accountability.

    I agree with you - there's no chance he's going to risk the embarrassment of losing - to a woman, no less.
     
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    Perhaps this was Trump's plan all along?? To kill the GOP from within, and then turn heel, and hand the Presidency to the Democrats. Vince McMahon would be proud.
     
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    First, it is just nuts that this is even a conversation.

    Second, it is probably a conversation because Trump likely threatened to drop out when lashing out behind closed doors and now the GOP is scrambling, just in case.

    Third, I think it can go either way. But whether he takes the "L" or drops out, he will "continue fighting this corrupt system." We will just have to see if right-wing radio and FoxNews and Morning Joe will continue to give him a platform. But by not conceding, he will just further damage civil society.
     
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    "If Trump had gone on vacation for the last two weeks, he'd be in the lead." -- one top GOP official was quoted to say in the OP video.

    lols
     
  18. Deckard

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    While I don't think he would be in the lead, I do think it would be a tight race if he had simply kept his mouth shut, just like your quote, and I'm saying that as a Democrat who strongly supports our candidate. Now it's too late. The "cat is out of the bag" for Trump and there's no putting the kitty back in there. The man is having a meltdown on the largest national stage our country has, a presidential election. I'd be delighted as a Democrat if the man wasn't so freakin' dangerous to the country.
     
  19. leroy

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    FIFY.

    The only thing that's rigged is whatever is holding his "hair" in place.
     
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    ^^^I agree with this^^

    Gary Johnson has had a significant increase in supporters since Trumps nomination
     
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