by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The insurgency to overthrow Donald Trump in Cleveland is the latest danger sign for the presumptive Republican nominee’s troubled campaign.
The rebellion is being led by a small but expanding group of delegates to the GOP’s July convention, plus a cadre of sympathetic political strategists and grassroots activists.
Never supportive of the businessman but alarmed anew after several weeks of missteps, they aim to deny Trump their party’s presidential nomination and are in the initial stages of coup planning.
It’s an uphill battle and unlikely to succeed.
There is both a lack of leadership at the top necessary to direct a convention revolt, and insufficient dissatisfaction among Republican voters at the bottom to fuel it. Also lacking: an alternative candidate.
But the fact that the insurgency exists reveals the extent of Trump’s problems.
At a time when he should be unifying the GOP for the fight ahead against Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump is instead attempting to put out fires of dissension that he is mostly responsible for fanning.
The situation has left the Republican Party paralyzed.