Earlier this summer, conservative activist Laura Loomer exposed a plot by attorney Harmeet Dhillon and the rest of the California GOP’s board of directors to undermine the Trump campaign on behalf of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. You can read my previous reporting on that story here.
Following a contentious weekend in which Team DeSantis actually called the cops on Trump supporters—after threatening to fistfight them—the MAGA forces in California won. The sunlight and exposure of their plot forced the professional GOP class to back down and support the will of the people.
Harmeet Dhillon and her fellow coup plotters had planned to change California to a mixed primary instead of a winner-take-all primary. Under the plot that Loomer exposed, Trump could have won 49% of Republican primary votes in California, with Ron DeSantis trailing him by 40 points in second place, and DeSantis would walk away with one-third of California’s 169 delegates. That would be 56 delegates in the DeSantis column, which would be a heck of a consolation prize for a candidate who pulled in 9% of the vote in California.
The MAGA protesters were loud and proud and—as usual—a teensy bit on the disruptive side at the meeting. Despite it being a bit tense, with DeSantis supporters threatening violence against the Trumpers and calling the cops on them, a compromise was reached at the end of the day. The California GOP adopted a proportional delegate scheme, but if any candidate gets 50% plus one vote, they capture all 169 of California’s delegates.
That’s a compromise that Team Trump was happy about. Under current polls, Trump is at 44% in California, while DeSantis is at 26% this week. Three months ago, before DeSantis was even in the race, he was polling with an 8% lead over Trump. His campaign has been a disaster, as many of us tried to warn him it would be.
The RNC is furious because President Donald Trump has exposed the fact that they were rigging presidential primaries before Trump came along—just as the DNC rigs their primaries. From the top down, the RNC jiggers state primary election rules as needed in order to come to the outcome they want. In this case, they want to rig a brokered primary in which Ron DeSantis emerges as the nominee, if only they can keep Trump from winning 51% of the delegates. That’s what these Machiavellian plots to divvy up states’ delegates are about.
This behind-the-scenes rigging is how John McCain ended up with the nomination in 2012, and Mitt Romney in 2016. Seriously, can you think of any scenario in the real world where those RINO buffoons would be fit to run the country, let alone the Republican Party? And yet somehow, those two guys ended up being presidential nominees, despite having a widespread lack of support from Republican voters.
The RNC adopted a roadmap to make Jeb! Bush the nominee in December of 2014. They changed the rules for the 2016 election in Florida from a proportional delegate scheme to a winner-take-all system. The plan was for Marco Rubio to eventually drop out and endorse Bush, and then hand him Florida’s 30 delegates.
What the RNC did not plan for was how Donald Trump and the MAGA movement would shock the world in 2016. The insiders who still want to control the Republican Party will never forgive him for that.
The same day that Laura Loomer disrupted the California GOP’s plot against Trump, we learned that the same plot is afoot in Massachusetts. The State of Massachusetts has been a winner-take-all state since sometime in the 1800s. But guess what! The Massachusetts state Republican Party now has a plan to switch to a proportional delegate scheme.
Whereas the California GOP leaders just flat-out lied about it, the Massachusetts GOP is saying the quiet part out loud.
State party chair Amy Carnevale said out loud, “I do hear from Republican legislators that they really want to focus on issues of concern in Massachusetts, and having the drama associated with a former president is not helpful to those Republicans.”
There it is. Different state, completely same plot. Because the plot is coming from the top-down at the RNC, with butt-hurt party leaders like Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell calling the shots. Well, maybe not McConnell. He doesn’t look like he’s doing too well these days.