Things could get very ugly in Cleveland

(AP)

(AP)

A few days ago, Donald Trump adviser and confidante Roger Stone laid out a strategy should his candidate arrive in Cleveland without enough delegates to ensure a first-ballot victory. Stone — whose former business partner, Paul Manafort, now serves as Trump’s convention manager — urged Trump supporters to converge on Cleveland and be prepared to take action:

“We’re going to have protests, demonstrations. We will disclose the hotels and the room numbers of those delegates who are directly involved in the steal. If you’re from Pennsylvania, we’ll tell you who the culprits are. We urge you to visit their hotel and find them. You have a right to discuss this if you voted in the Pennsylvania primary, for example, and your votes are being disallowed.”

I’m sure those “discussions” would go well.

Later, given the chance on “Meet the Press” to repudiate Stone’s rhetoric, Manafort demurred, instead turning it around by accusing the Ted Cruz campaign of “Gestapo tactics.” Other signs are equally ominous.

In Colorado, where a Republican state convention produced 34 delegates for Ted Cruz and none for Trump last weekend, an angry Trump supporter tweeted out the name, home address and phone number of Steve House, the state GOP chairman. That personal data was then retweeted more than a thousand times. The result?

As House reports it:
steve-house-death-threats
One of the emails sent to House read:

“All I can say is pray you make it to Cleveland. The fix is in and the American people will eliminate anyone who gets in the way… It would be in your best interest to take a stand and support the American People and trump or you are done. Trump goes independent to ride the nation of scum like you. I would be hiding all family members…Just check out social media.”

In Indiana, potential Trump delegates have said that if given the chance, they would back other candidates in later rounds of voting should the convention be thrown open. After those statements were reported in Politico, more death threats began to pour in.

The state police are now involved:

“What I can share with you at this time is information has been referred to the Indiana State Police that alleges threatening emails have been sent to some Indiana delegates that will be participating in the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH,” said Capt. David Bursten, a state police spokesman. “Presently the Indiana State Police is reviewing the information to determine if it may cross the line of free speech and could be considered criminal in nature.”

Put that together with Trump’s own rhetoric, his suggestion of rioting should he be denied the nomination and the history of confrontations at Trump rallies and we have the makings of something very ugly.

Oh, and in the latest national polling, Trump has a 13-point lead (42-29 percent) over Cruz. If John Kasich were to drop out, he’d have a lead of 48-38 percent over Cruz. So apparently this kind of stuff has an appreciative audience.

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Lamar Ross
Lamar Ross

One top on day. Rock bottom the next! #lifeinamerica.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

You know, Trump is used to getting his way.  He threatens people and groups.  He is threatening the GOP Convention folks--name me the candidate or my minions will cause untold destruction, rioting, and embarrassment.  I hope, for once, someone has the stuff to call him on it.  If not now, when?

Norris Freeman
Norris Freeman

Stephen Scruggs what drugs are you talking? Is it the one that you boy trump is taking. Trump will never be president in this country. Vote blue in November and keep America safe from those republican dummies. Vote blue

Norris Freeman
Norris Freeman

Trump this trump that. I will be so glad when this election is over. Vote blue in November and keep America safe from those republican dummies.

Matt O'Neal
Matt O'Neal

" vote blue" and "keep America safe" should NEVER be in the same sentence! \U0001f633

TBS
TBS

I see someone mentioned victimhood

Reminds me of the GA RFRA bill and gay marriage whiners.

Those crosses must be some heavy burdens to carry for you victims

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@TBS 

Come on, they've been able to discriminate against various folks for years, just like the bible says.  The fact that they can't now, at least in business, makes them victims!

TBS
TBS

I just find it to be hilarious that some the very ones on this blog who mention victimhood seem to play some of the biggest victims via their own words

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@TBS IMO, they are just regurgitating the crap they swallow listening to Rush and others. 

ZERO awareness of their hypocrisy.

TBS
TBS

Well that plays a role as well.. No doubt

But I wouldn't say zero awareness. Some know and don't care which is worse than being ignorant

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

You guys are sooo hopelessly lost.

You cry all the time about gerrymandering, big corporations and the well heeled controlling the country.

Trump addresses some of those things in his op-ed but you are more concerned with countering anything I or other Conservatives post that you are blind to change that would help all. 

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@JohnnyReb As are you...

It is funny that a self-described "Conservative" is so in the tank for Trump, though.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

JohnnyReb

More Democrat victimhood.

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I dunno, that Trump piece you were just touting sure is dripping with a sense of victimhood.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@JohnnyReb 

In summary:  The Donald is crying because he doesn't understand the political process, and it's just not fair!!!!

rimsky
rimsky

@JohnnyReb Do you lap up everything a Rupert Murdoch spew?  Feel sorry for you.

TBS
TBS

Yes .. What was Jreb saying about victimhood?

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

HIllary is such a political hoe.

While speaking to Al Sharpton's group she pushed the anti-White Privilege line.

More Democrat victimhood.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

A Wall Street Journal panel put it best when commenting on last evenings Clinton vs Sanders debate.

They sounded like auctioneers as they spouted the free stuff.

Hillary, I'll give you 10, Bernie ups it to 15.

Can I get 20?

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@JohnnyReb  Maybe we need to shift some of the "free stuff" from corporations to people?

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Nick_Danger He's a white Christian male, of course he thinks he didn't get anything.

Stephen Scruggs
Stephen Scruggs

Vote Trump, watch New York vote. He's the man. Period.

rimsky
rimsky

Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin argued Thursday that Bill Nye is not actually a scientist.//////////

What a tool you are sister Sarah.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@rimsky He's got a mechanical engineering degree, which means he does indeed know more than a former sportscaster.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@ByteMe @rimsky Who knows more wasn't the question.
It all depends on what your definition of scientist is.
Engineers are not considered scientists.  Bill Nye is not publishing articles for review in scientific journals.
I think it's a fair argument that he is not actually "a scientist".

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@ByteMe @rimsky 

I suspect I can make a pretty accurate judgment as to which is smarter/better informed/better educated/has more integrity and take my information from that person...

rimsky
rimsky

@_GodlessHeathen_ @ByteMe Engineers have a Bachelor's degree in engineering and they typically work for a construction company or in the IT department of a large corporation. They are not scientists. Full stop. It's true that some engineers do science but usually they have a higher degree in engineering and usually they are academics.//////

This what I found in Google.  So Mr. Byte is right.  I do not know what types of scientific pursuit Nye has.  But he calls himself science guy.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@_GodlessHeathen_ Engineers are definitely "scientists" by every definition of "scientist".  You are parsing word salad and going to end up looking stupid.

rimsky
rimsky

@_GodlessHeathen_ @rimsky @ByteMe I don't consider you stupid Mr. Heathen.  At times you have a funny side to you which means you are intelligent.  

Nye may or may not be a scientist according to the definition from Google.  My main point was Sarah Palin is the last person to criticize Nye on his stance on CC.

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