Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said yesterday on CNN that the death threats some delegates have received from supporters of Donald Trump are just “part of the fun” of this year’s rollicking nomination process.
“No one’s really going to stick a gun barrel down your throat,” Priebus told CNN Correspondent Jamie Gangel on her news program. “When people tell delegates they ‘know where they live,’ that doesn’t mean they’re going to show up at their door while they’re eating their cereal. It just means they care passionately about the democratic process and love their country.”
A number of delegates have come forward in recent days to say they’ve been threatened, both over the phone and in person, to vote for Donald Trump if he arrives at the Republican national convention in Cleveland in July with the most delegates but not enough to secure the nomination outright. Under convention rules, delegates are bound to vote for the candidate they’re pledged to vote for on the first ballot, but on subsequent ballots they can vote for whomever they choose.
Among delegates receiving death threats is Steve House, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party. He says he’s received 5,000 calls the week Colorado Republicans held their convention and some of those calls included not-so-veiled threats to his life, including one who said he should “pray” he makes it to Cleveland, and another who said he would help him put a gun down his throat.
Delegates from other states say they have received threats as well, including one who was confronted by a Trump supporter at a party meeting in Florida with a promise of “bloodshed” if delegates switched votes to Cruz or another candidate after the first ballot. One Indiana delegate was told he was “being watched.”
“I mean, this is fun.” said Priebus. “You don’t have to start putting Bailey’s in your cereal,” he said. “You don’t have to get out the Johnnie Walker. Just enjoy the fun.”
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