When Chris Cox rolls into
Cleveland in mid-July with other motorcycle-riding supporters of Donald Trump,
he plans to celebrate the billionaire's coronation as the Republican
presidential nominee. He also counts on joining protests if a battle over the
we'll be doing a victory dance," said Cox, 47, a chainsaw artist and
founder of Bikers for Trump, thousands of whom he estimates will hit the Ohio
city for the July 18-21 Republican National Convention.
"But if the
Republican Party tries to pull off any backroom deals and ignores the will of
the people, our role will change."
Bikers For Trump is
part of a diverse array of groups coordinating to hold thousands-strong
protests and marches if the real-estate mogul is denied outright victory at the
Republican Party’s nominating convention in Cleveland.
The risks of
confrontation and violence surrounding Trump events were highlighted again on
Thursday, when around 20 people were arrested following clashes between
anti-Trump protesters and police outside a rally for the candidate in
California. It was the worst outbreak of violence since Trump was forced to
cancel a rally in Chicago in mid-March.
are expected in Cleveland. In late March, the left-leaning National Lawyers
Guild held a conference in the city to coordinate legal support to protesters
in the event of mass arrests during demonstrations.
Leaders and members
of the pro-Trump groups told Reuters their main goal is to mount a show of
support for their candidate, who after a series of primary victories this week
looks increasingly likely to clinch the nomination outright ahead of Texas
Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich.
But if he falls short
of the required 1,237 delegates, raising the risk he could lose out in a contested
convention, they said they plan to do all they can to exert pressure on party
leaders to prevent someone else getting the nomination.
supporters suggested that tensions could escalate if the party was seen as
trying to deny Trump the nomination despite his commanding lead in delegates
won in primary contests.
"The plan either
way is send a message to the Republican establishment to respect our
votes," said Ralph King, a member of the Cleveland Tea Party. "If the
party tries to parachute in a white knight to steal the nomination, it's not
going to end well."
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Division of Police also has a security plan in place as it does for all major
events of this kind, a spokeswoman said in an email, without providing further
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planning a presence in Cleveland include some Tea Party-affiliated
organizations, a new group called Stop The Steal led by Trump ally Roger Stone,
Citizens for Trump, and the Truckers for Trump group.
King, a veteran of
Tea Party rallies, is coordinating with other groups and local police to obtain
permits for marches and protests during the convention, and to hold a major
rally in downtown Cleveland that will then march on the convention site.
John Kasich and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) are at their most appealing
when no one is paying attention to them, which, conveniently, is most of the
. . .
Cruz always makes me feel like I have Asperger’s. He speaks so slowly, my mind
wanders between words. As Trump said, there’s a 10-second intermission between
sentences. I want to order Cruz’s speeches as Amazon Audibles, just so I can
speed them up and see what he’s saying.
The guy did go
to Harvard Law School, so I keep waiting for the flashes of brilliance, but
they never come. Cruz is completely incapable of extemporaneous wit.
Now that Cruz
has been mathematically eliminated, he’s adding Carly Fiorina to the ticket.
She’s not his “running mate,” but his “limping mate.” It’s an all-around
. . .
is constantly proclaiming that illegals are “made in the image of God,” and
denounces the idea of enforcing federal immigration laws, saying: “I don’t
think it’s right; I don’t think it’s humane.”
asked about his decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare — projected to cost
federal taxpayers $50 billion in the first decade — he said: “Now, when you die
and get to the, get to the, uh, to the meeting with St. Peter … he’s going to
ask you what you did for the poor. Better have a good answer.”
lectured a crowd of fiscal conservatives on his Obamacare expansion, saying,
“Now, I don’t know whether you ever read Matthew 25, but I commend it to you,
the end of it, about do you feed the homeless and do you clothe the poor.” He
also attributed the law to Chief Justice John Roberts and said, “It’s my money,
thought they were getting a less attractive version of Mitt Romney with Kasich,
but it turns out they’re getting a more televangelist version of Ted Cruz.
also getting a less warm and personable version of Hillary Clinton. Last week,
Kasich lashed out at a reporter who asked a perfectly appropriate question,
going from boring campaign boilerplate to irritated browbeating in about one
second flat. As much as I enjoy watching reporters being berated, this was
Listen, at the end of the day I think the Republican Party wants to pick
somebody who actually can win in the fall.”
But if you’ve only won Ohio?
“Can I finish?”
“If you answer the ques–”
“I’m answering the question the way I want to answer it. You want to answer
it?” (Snatches voice recorder from reporter’s hand.) “Here,
let me ask you. What do you think?
giving a speech to Ohio EPA workers a few years ago, Kasich suddenly went off
topic and began shouting about a police officer who had given him a ticket
three years earlier. “Have you ever been stopped by a police officer that’s
an idiot?” he began. He proceeded to tell the riveting story
of his traffic violation to the EPA administrators, yelling about “this idiot! …
He’s an IDIOT!”
on the dashcam video immediately released by the police, Kasich had been in the
wrong, and the officer — you know, “the IDIOT” — was perfectly polite about it.
. . .
it’s Kasich who has been complaining the loudest about the alleged billions of
dollars of “free media” Trump has been getting. It turns out not getting “free
media” was a godsend for Kasich and Cruz.
Ted Cruz just
got thrashed in the five primaries yesterday, so today, he’s announced his VP running mate: Carly Fiorino. No surprise there. Cruz SuperPacs funders( Club for Growth, Keep The Promise and Robert Mercer) transferred funds to Carly’s campaign. See
here and here. Meanwhile, the pro-Trump blogger Sundance runs the numbers following yesterday’s primary results:
The Delegate Math – Going into
last night’s contest Trump was holding 848 delegates (Cruz 559). There
were 175 possible delegates available last night, however 54 are unbound from
Based on preliminary results, it
appears Donald Trump has swept every pledged delegate in Maryland
 (won every congressional district), also Connecticut  (won every CD
and took more than 50% statewide), Pennsylvania  (statewide
delegates are awarded winner-take-all) and Delaware , along with
11 delegates in Rhode Island.
That’s a net pledged delegate gain of
110. However, the math gets better because it appears Trump has also won
45 of Pennsylvania’s 54 “unbound” district level delegates (delegates declared
for Trump, or declared intent to vote for CD winner). So the approximate
gain in delegates yesterday is around 155.
Add those 155 to the previous 848 and
you get 1,003.
The Math Will Move In Direct
Proportion To The Ideology – Most of the media totals will not include
those unbound delegates from PA regardless of who they declared support
toward. Some media totals may include parts or portions of those
unbound delegates – so you can expect to see some significant disparity depending
on which media outlet is presenting their version of the data.
EXAMPLE: CNN has a total for
Trump of 988 (LINK) – The New York Times has 950 (LINK) – Politico is also using 950 (LINK) – and Green Papers has 956 (LINK). It
appears CNN is using “some” of the unbound PA delegates, and the latter three
are not using any.
However, the fact that Donald Trump
has resoundingly won every congressional district in Pennsylvania, and the fact
Trump won the entire state with 57% of the vote total, gives Team Trump an easy
leverage point to advance the argument they are entitled to the
support of all 54 unbound Pennsylvania delegates. Again, it appears
45 of them are already pledged to Trump or have agreed to vote for the CD/State
Conservatively it is fair to say
Donald Trump has won, at a minimum, 1,000 delegates as of this moment.
The goal is to reach 1,237. But
again, let’s be conservative and say –Moving Forward– Trump needs another
250 just for safe measure. 250 more delegates will easily put him over
the top with wiggle room.
There are 502 delegates remaining in
the next six weeks. Indiana (next Tuesday) is holding 57 of those:
27 are district allocated to the
winner in each of the 9 congressional districts. Whoever wins the
most votes in that district will receive all 3 convention delegates.
30 (10 base at-large delegates plus 17
bonus delegates plus 3 RNC delegates) statewide delegates are to be allocated
to the presidential contender receiving the greatest number of votes statewide. (link)
Currently Donald Trump is slightly
ahead of the polls in Indiana. Senator Ted Cruz has planted his
flag, and with it his entire campaign, on winning Indiana.
Prior to last night’s results, Indiana
was a must win for Senator Cruz and the #NeverTrump team. After last
night’s results, Indiana is now an absolute MUST WIN for Senator Cruz.
If Donald Trump wins Indiana, taking
most, many, if not all of the 57 delegates, the
Cruz/Kasich/#NeverTrump scheme is completely wiped out.
However, IF Trump doesn’t win Indiana, and
because of the overwhelming victory last night, not much mathematically
changes for Trump.
Cruz’s VP announcement today may
change the subject for a few days, but it is unlikely to make a significant difference
in the remaining primaries.
Calling community activists: If
you’re a committed, left-leaning activist who’d like to take part in
“grassroots campaigns to protect the health, economy, environment, and
livelihood of Ohio communities,” then Ohio Citizen Action has got a job for
And it’s one that pays
reasonably well, with benefits on top. This could be an especially nice deal
for recent college graduates looking to help create a little drama in Cleveland
when the Republican National Convention convenes
Just google Craigslist and Ohio Citizen Action,
and you get an advertisement that declares: “Change the World and GET PAID …
$80/day (Downtown Cleveland).”
You’ll learn the nonprofit
group seeks candidates who “possess strong communication skills and a genuine
commitment to the environment, progressive politics, and the empowerment of our
fellow OH residents.”
The ad, specifying Cleveland,
says positions are full time and pay $80 a day, with bonuses available at 20
Applicants should expect to
work from 2 to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. And yes, they should be
committed to community organizing with an eye toward “environmental justice”
and “sustainable energy.”
“Getting paid to participate in
a supposedly ‘grassroots’ campaign is a contradiction in terms,” quipped Hans
von Spakovsky, a senior
legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, in an email to The Daily
Community organizing is the
backbone of OCA and each year it allows us the opportunity to continue building
the strength in numbers that has won so many of our campaigns. We are looking
to add highly motivated individuals with good communication skills to our
already effective and professional campaign staff. Also, if you are truly
looking for nonprofit grassroots organizing experience, we do it all year, and
not just when it gets nice out in the spring and summer!
Perks and benefits apparently
are available for those willing to stick with it.
“Health insurance, paid
vacations and personal days to employees that show longevity and proficiency
with the organization,” the group’s ad promises. “Travel opportunities within
our nationwide network of nonprofits for environmental and social justice causes.”
What the ad says is revealing,
but what it doesn’t say is perhaps more so.
Donors to the nonprofit get tax
deductions, skeptics note. Is Ohio Citizen Action really the employer? Is it
legitimate for a tax-exempt charity to use donations to protest and engage in
Ohio Citizens Action has
received $30,000 since 2006 from Tides Foundation and $20,000 since 2013 from
the William B. Wiener Jr. Foundation, according to data compiled by the Capital
Research Center, a Washington-based nonprofit that tracks charity and philanthropy.
In addition, the affiliated
Ohio Citizens Action Education Fund has received almost $3.9 million from
left-wing philanthropies since 2003. Major funders include the Joyce Foundation
($1.4 million since 2003), Rockefeller Family Fund ($595,000 since 2010),
Energy Foundation ($422,000 since 2008), Winslow Foundation ($425,000 since
2007), and George Gund Foundation ($525,320
the rest, including reference to an earlier incarnation of the community activist outfit,