The Trump team has rigged the rules in 37 states and territories to squelch dissent at the Republican National Convention next year.
Republican officials say such dissent historically happens in years when an incumbent GOP President ultimately lost their President re-election bid.
These new rules for delegates “are the culmination of a 10-month effort by Trump advisers to tighten the president’s grip on the Republican Party” before the convention, reports the New York Times. These new rules mean that “even if the three candidates challenging Mr. Trump in the Republican primary gain vote shares, they almost certainly won’t translate into speeches or jeers from supporters of these candidates when the convention is taking place.”
The Trump campaign has spent 2019 rigging the rules with the help of the state GOP leaders—or removing party chairs and replacing them with ones who support Mr. Trump.
I see the GOP is going full dictatorship for 2020.
— Art Martin (@gartmartin9) October 2, 2019
Even GOP parties in blue states like Massachusetts “have changed their rules so that any candidate who wins more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary captures all the delegates,” the Times notes.