On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz won the Wisconsin primary, and nobody was really surprised considering it’s pretty much an establishment state and he poured nearly all of his resources into it. Prior to the not-so-shocking results, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus appeared on a local pro-Cruz radio show to tell Donald Trump’s supporters to “sit down,” then made an utterly enraging statement.
Speaking with Charlie Sykes on WTMJ 620 Radio on Tuesday, Priebus defied voters once again and took the stance that no matter what happens, the party will be picking the nominee. During the same interview, he dismissed the possibility of a third-party run by Trump and scolded his supporters who aren’t happy with how the process works.
Have a listen for yourself:
“By the way, this is a nomination for the Republican Party,” Priebus told Sykes. “If you don’t like the party, then sit down. The party is choosing a nominee.”
According to Priebus, the primary voting is only for show if a candidate can’t make it to the 1,237 delegate threshold, which isn’t going to sit too well with people.
“[S]omewhere along the line, the people decided wouldn’t it be a good idea if we expanded the interest here and had statewide primaries and caucuses and then we would tie the hands of the delegates for just one — just one — vote. And then after that vote, they could go back to the old way,” he said. “That’s what’s going on here.”
Isn’t that nice? “The party” will do what it wants – the will of the voters be damned.
Later in the day, Priebus appeared on the Sean Hannity show on Fox News and wouldn’t rule out a Kasich nomination, even though he shouldn’t even be on the ballot, according to the current rules. Hannity pressed the chairman about the rule requiring a candidate to get a majority of delegates in eight states, and Priebus would only reply that “I think the nominee will be someone who’s running…”
Check it out:
Unfortunately, the latest statements from the head of the RNC isn’t going to help restore trust in the system from voters who feel as if they’re being disenfranchised by the party. In fact, it will likely only increase the anger many Americans have with party politics, and increase the chances of a revolt come November, should Trump or Cruz end up not getting the nomination.
If anything, this should be a sign to supporters of both campaigns that now is the time to unite behind the candidate that has the best chance of winning the majority of delegates. After all, supporters for both Trump and Cruz seemingly want the same thing – to take down the GOP establishment – and the only way to do so is to defeat it in the primaries.
Otherwise, we’ll end up with another establishment hack who’s all but guaranteed to lose to whoever the Democrats end up running – and that’s a fact.