On the day that Donald Trump secured the delegates necessary to become the Republican nominee with 75% of the vote in California and 80% of the vote in New Jersey, radio personality Hugh Hewitt called for Republican insiders to change the convention rules and deny Trump the nomination he has definitively won at the polls. So much for elections.
Hewitt doesn’t like Trump. He never has, though he had to play it straight to secure his gig as debate moderator. Now, with the primaries over he gets to say what he has, no doubt, wanted to say for months. Only the S.S. NeverTrump sailed months ago and is presumed lost at sea.
On his show yesterday he said this:
“It’s like ignoring stage-four cancer. You can’t do it, you gotta go attack it,” Hewitt said. “And right now the Republican Party is facing — the plane is headed towards the mountain after the last 72 hours.”
“I have never said that!” he stressed. “I waited until after the primary was over, I stayed Switzerland to the end, and in 72 hours, dovetailed to that.”
“They ought to get together and let the convention decide,” he concluded. “And if Donald Trump pulls over a makeover in the next 4 to 5 weeks, great, they can keep him. It would be better if he had done so 5 weeks ago.”
A few questions for Hugh:
- Have you no respect for elections?
- What right do GOP bureaucrats have to change the rules after the fact?
- How do you think advocating something both unethical and unrepublican makes you look?
- Donald Trump has won more votes than any Republican nominee ever. Do you think denying him the nomination helps Republicans win in November?
- Should the Republican Party govern itself according to principles it claims to support?
- In what other fields do you believe that the rules should be changed after the fact? Sport? Law?
- What was the last electoral prediction you got right?