Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus had some harsh words on Sunday for party members opposed to Donald Trump’s nomination who are hoping to upend this week’s GOP convention.
“If they want to delay the proceedings, all they’re doing is delaying the evening and helping Hillary Clinton,” Priebus said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.”
“There is no [alternative] candidate,” he said. “Who’s your VP? What money are you raising? What is your goal other than to distract and cause problems?”
The comments sought to foreclose the possibility that anti-Trump delegates will disrupt convention proceedings and embarrass party leaders in an effort to extract concessions on the structure of the national GOP.
These delegates, furious after defeats by the RNC in the convention’s rules committee, are largely hesitant to discuss specific plans. But some shared their goals of introducing minority reports and slowing the convention with procedural actions.
“It is clear that the RNC wants to take total control of the party,” Gwen Bowen, a Louisiana delegate who was a member of the rules committee, told The Post’s Ed O’Keefe. “They would not even allow speaking on it. What is right and fair and transparent is when you let people speak.”
Priebus said the anti-Trump movement simply “didn’t have the votes” in committee.
“I’m sorry, but they don’t like the idea that 14 million in the grass roots picked someone that they didn’t want to support,” he told ABC.
“It’s a binary choice. It’s Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton…. I’m also going to make sure our rules are followed, and I don’t think they’re going to be successful. I don’t think there is the support there.”