Despite being voted the Republican presidential nominee, NJ.com is reporting that at least two groups are aiming to prevent Donald Trump from formally becoming the Republican presidential nominee at the party’s convention next month, according to recent reports.
And one of them apparently wants to replace the billionaire businessman with Scott Walker.
One group includes dozens of delegates to the Republican National Convention seeking to change convention rules to block Trump, the party’s presumptive nominee, from officially being nominated at the event in Cleveland, according to a report Friday by the Washington Post.
“This literally is an ‘Anybody but Trump’ movement,” Kendal Unruh, a Republican delegate from Colorado who is leading the campaign, told the newspaper. “Nobody has any idea who is going to step in and be the nominee, but we’re not worried about that. We’re just doing that job to make sure that he’s not the face of our party.”
A separate group is made up of Washington D.C.-based operatives, attorneys, and media personalities working on a similar plan, according to a report this past Sunday by the Wall Street Journal.
Two recent opinion polls indicate that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump remain unpopular with voters.
The group has even sought out Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the first of 16 Republicans to drop out of the primary race against Trump, to step in as a possible nominee should the rules actually change, according to the report.
But an aide to Walker said the Wisconsin governor never spoke with the Washington-based group and that if he runs for another office, it would be for re-election in 2018, the report said.
Trump clinched the GOP nomination in May when he reached the 1,237-delegate mark. But the billionaire businessman and former Atlantic City casino magnate, won’t officially be named the nominee until the convention.
And many Republicans have publicly expressed dismay for comments Trump has made in recent weeks questioning a judge’s impartiality because of his “Mexican heritage” and by renewing calls for the U.S. to battle terrorism by temporarily banning Muslims from entering the country.
But while there have been informal talks among conservative pundits in recent weeks about possibly stopping Trump at the convention, these groups appear to be the most organized.
Still, to deny Trump the nomination wouldn’t be easy. The convention’s 112-member rules committee would have to vote to allow delegates to become unbound, and then a majority of 1,237 of the delegates would have to approve the change.
The Journal report also noted that both anti-Trump efforts are small and have no funding.
Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski called the groups seeking to stop the candidate “fringe elements,” according to the report.
“I can say with 100 percent certainty that Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee,” Lewandowski told the newspaper.