Inside the Scott Walker Conspiracy Theory
With less that a month left till the Republican National Convention, there is some seriously suspicious behavior. If you look at the Democrats, they are hurriedly and almost unanimously gathering around their presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton. Even though half of Bernie Sanders’ supporters said in a Bloomberg poll they would not support Clinton, the party leaders seem to have come around Clinton, and are doing everything they can to help her in November.
On the contrary, Trump is still beating against the current. And furthermore, there are some clues to many conspiracy theories that there will be something that happens at the convention that will take away Trump’s nomination.
Before the sudden pull out from many party leaders these past few weeks, there was continuous talk that the convention would be contested. John Kasich, the seated governor of the state the convention will be in, advertised on social media that a contested convention really was not that out of the ordinary, and that America gained great presidents because of it (Lincoln, Eisenhower). Then, Trump won more popular votes than any other candidate in history, and furthermore, won the delegates he needs for the nomination.
While the GOP looks like they are supporting him, and Reince Priebus has said these rumors are false, one cannot help but wonder what is going on behind the scenes.
First, Kasich said that he may attend the convention, even if he does not support Trump. So then, why is he going? This gives clues that something may be planned.
Furthermore, there is Paul Ryan, who is the GOP Party sweetheart, and considered by many to be the future of the party. He had a meeting with Donald Trump on Capitol Hill, but then was seen speaking against Trump over his Judge Curiel comments. While this was something he believed in, he could have just skipped discussing the topic all together. By doing so, it showed that he was not as eye to eye with the presumptive candidate as one thought.
Then, we have the Bush brothers. Jeb Bush and George W Bush have both said they will not attend the convention. Jeb went as far to say that he will not even vote for Trump, while George W is traveling around to help candidates running for reelection in the senate fundraise in elections that have been hurt by Trump’s popularity. As the Bush’s are a political powerhouse, you cannot expect that they are just looking at this convention and this election with apathy. There have to be some conversations on what should be done, and how the Republican Party should choose a different candidate. Senator Mark Kirk has his own solution, and said that he will write in General Petraeus on the ballot.
Which brings up the main point of the conspiracy theory. Governor Scott Walker from Wisconsin, who was one of the first Republican candidates to drop out of the primary race, has said some very suspicious comments.
In the primary system, each state elects delegates to represent the party at the convention. If the convention were contested, these delegates would vote for a certain candidate. While these delegates are supposed to vote in accordance to how their state voted, they are not bound by the second round. Now, Trump has everything he needs to secure the nomination, but Walker hinted that the delegates should have the choice to pick any candidate they want. Walker said,
“I think historically, not just this year, delegates are and should be able to vote the way they see fit.”
While he said he would support Trump as the presumptive nominee, he wants him to change his point of view on some of the comments he made.
It seems like these party leaders are using what they can to disqualify Donald Trump. Stating that the delegates should “vote the way they see fit,” makes one think that at the convention, the delegates will have to vote for a nominee besides Donald Trump. The way that major Party leaders have been responding to Trump, and from clues in the media, it looks like the convention will be a lot more exciting than it is already expected to be, and the outcome may not be Trump as the official nominee.
And if this happens, a whole new can of worms will open, and we can expect the end of the Republican Party as we know it today.