In a move that may surprise some, conservative talk show host Mark Levin called out the #NeverTrump camp saying they are “frauds,” “fakes,” and “asinine.”
Levin, who has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz, told his listeners on Tuesday, “Now those people out there, those people out there who are saying ‘stop Trump,’ I can understand ‘stop Trump’ in a primary process,” adding, “But stop Trump or you’ll vote for Hillary? Stop Trump or you won’t vote at all? These people are not conservatives. They’re not constitutionalists. They’re frauds. They’re fakes. They’re not brave. They’re asinine. They’re buffoons.”
The conservative firebrand went on to point out his bonafides as someone who has highlighted Trump’s shortcomings on many levels, but none-the-less would vote for him in the general election:
“Has anybody at a national level — perhaps there are some, I just can’t listen to everybody — been as clear in his disagreements with Donald Trump as I have, particularly when it comes to trade? Particularly when it comes to quotas? I don’t believe so, but if I’m wrong it really doesn’t matter.
And yet why would somebody like me who has voiced grave concerns about some of Trump’s agenda – and by the way, antics, temperament, among other things – say, ‘Yes, I will vote for Donald Trump easily over Hillary Clinton.’ Well the answer is really quite simple…Hillary Clinton.”
Levin continued by counting the ways Clinton would be unacceptable as commander-in-chief:
“If you believe as I do or as many people have said that Hillary Clinton is a criminal in waiting. If you believe Hillary Clinton is virtually as off her rocker, left-wing socialist as Sen. Bernie Sanders, if you believe that Hillary Clinton is in part responsible for the rise of ISIS and for what took [place] of Benghazi and what’s taking place in Libya and that [Vladimir] Putin is on the move and that China is on the move and all the rest of it, then how the hell – how the hell could you take any steps – passively or affirmatively that would put that woman in the Oval Office?”
The talk show host observed that given such a choice, how could any who call themselves Republicans, either through their direct vote or choice not to vote, allow such an eventuality to happen.
“How could you do it under these circumstances as bad as the Republican may be, how could you stay home and allow that? Or worse, how could you vote for that? That’s a disgrace, an absolute disgrace. So you duke it out in the Republican primary process. You duke it out at the Republican convention.
You insist that rules are rules and the rules be followed. And you call them out if they try to change them. And you fight like hell. But you do not vote for Hillary Clinton. Or you don’t not stay home. ‘Wah, my candidate isn’t nominated,’ and let the left elect their favorite candidate. Not in this election. That’s my view.”
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By his reading, the rule (adopted in 2012) applies not only to the first round of balloting at the convention, but to subsequent ones as well. In other words, if neither Trump nor Cruz wins on the first ballot round, voting would continue until one or the other becomes the nominee. However, delegates would have the option to change the rule at the convention, presumably prior to the voting beginning.
Currently, Trump has a 226 delegate lead, 743 to Cruz’s 517, with 882 delegates yet to be allocated. Multiple media outlets are beginning to project, based on polling in the remaining primary states, that Trump may fall short of the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination before the convention. However, the candidate will likely get a strong boost on April 19, when his home state of New York votes. New polling has Trump pulling over 50 percent of the electorate, meaning he would take all of the Empire State’s 95 delegates.
h/t: Gateway Pundit
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