Report: Trump Campaign Plots Strategy To Win A Brokered Convention

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The Donald Trump campaign has taken steps to start a “two-phase” strategy to guarantee Trump’s victory at a potentially contested convention in Cleveland in July, according to NBC News on Friday.

Barry Bennett, a former campaign manager for retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson who is leading Trump’s delegate strategy, told NBC News that “phase one” is wooing “unbound delegates.”

He estimated to NBC a candidate could “put together 50 to 75 delegates” before the convention.

A candidate must win a majority of 1,237 primary delegates to ensure the presidential nomination, but if no majority can be reached, all bets are off.

“You’ve got 40 days between the last primary and the convention to go woo the appropriate number of unbound delegates,” Bennett added.

To clinch his victory at the convention, according to NBC News, Trump has expanded his team to include his general counsel and former FEC commissioner Don McGahn, former Carson aides Jason Osborne and Ed Brookover, who is a former RNC political director.

An anonymous source described phase two as making sure every delegate continues to remain with Trump if a second ballot is required.

“Our goal is to make sure every delegate Trump has now stays a Trump delegate on the second ballot,” the source told NBC News.

Bennett said “negotiations” with delegates will happen in the later balloting as well.

“It’s every man and woman for themselves and that’s when the negotiations start,” he told NBC.

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  1. I am reminded of the film “Thunderheart”, in which there was an Honour Roll.

    Every person involved in this for Trump should be in a Hall of Shame.

    “Wooing” for a candidate actually weighing, on the air, using nuclear weapons in the Middle East?

  2. I wonder what Bennett means by ““negotiations” with delegates will happen in the later balloting.” Maybe it’s time to read “The Art of the Deal.”

  3. Come on TPM…5 out of the first 9 articles this morning are Dumpster-diving Drumpf stories and it not even 9 am. Isn’t there anything else happening around the country?

  4. I honestly don’t see any upside for unsecured delegates to go against Rump especially if he has a plurality of votes. Especially if the alternative is Carnival Cruz.

  5. The Donald Trump campaign has taken steps to start a “two-phase” strategy to guarantee Trump’s victory at a potentially contested convention in Cleveland in July, according to NBC News on Friday.

    Phase One: shouting and fisticuffs

    Phase Two: Second Amendment remedies

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