In the aftermath of the most recent GOP presidential debate which took place on Tuesday night in Las Vegas, RNC chairman Reince Priebus made the rounds across the major media outlets.
When he appeared on NBC’s Today Show Wednesday morning, things got a bit interesting.
Host Savannah Guthrie of course focused her attentions on billionaire businessman Donald Trump and went right to the heart of what matters most to the media.
Savannah Guthrie: “If Donald Trump were to be the nominee, that Republicans would get together at the Convention and come up with an alternative and have a ‘floor fight’… Will you rule out this notion of a brokered convention?”
An obviously perturbed Reince Priebus gave the only answer that ANYONE can give… of course we can’t RULE it out.
“No one can rule it out. If a candidate doesn’t get to a majority of delegates by the time you get to the convention then you could have a contested convention. My belief is we will have a presumptive nominee by the end of March or the middle of April. I’ve said that for over a year. I still believe that. The odds of a contested convention are almost nothing, but look, is it possible? It is possible. But it is possible that the Democrats will have a contested convention. Is it likely? Of course not.”
The media acts as though a brokered-convention is something that can be controlled by the RNC chair months before the convention actually takes place. He can’t. A brokered convention would have to be driven by the delegates to the convention from the convention floor. Priebus did his best to remind Guthrie of this fact and then went further to reassure Trump and Trump’s supporters…
Savannah Guthrie: “Will you support Donald Trump if he is the Republican nominee?”
Reince Priebus: “Of course. The RNC is built for whoever the nominee is. It doesn’t matter if it’s him (Trump) or someone else. The RNC is built to be plugged into whoever the nominee is, so we’re going to support whoever the nominee is. That means whatever nominee can get a majority of delegates is the nominee of our party.”
The media will keep trying to drive a wedge into the GOP, they’ll keep trying to push the notion of a GOP “civil war”… but there’s nothing there. We may not all like Trump, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to abandon the party because of him. We’ve got much bigger issues to deal with.