A longtime political activist says so-called "elites" in the Republican Party would be foolhardy to subvert Donald Trump's candidacy.
There are whispers that the "elites" are plotting how to take the Republican Convention from Trump if he is the GOP nominee, says Sandy Rios, who is director of governmental affairs at the American Family Association.
Rios is also a American Family Radio talk show host based in Washington, D.C., where she is close to inside-the-Beltway politics.
The original source of that report came from The Washington Post, which reported that a "brokered convention" was discussed at a regular monthly dinner of top Republican officials.
In a story about the GOP meeting, CNN noted that an attendee of the dinner insisted Trump and his candidacy were not the focus of the discussion.
Yet the meeting raised the ire of fellow GOP candidate Ben Carson, who said he would leave the primary if the discussion was "the beginning of a plan to subvert the will of the voters and replace it with the will of the political elite."
An attendee who is employed by the Republican National Committee called worries about the dinner topic "quite silly," CNN also reported.
Trump, meanwhile, is the GOP front-runner whose first-place standing in the primary has been predicted to crash throughout the year. But his numbers have yet to fall and the Iowa caucuses are less than two months away.
If it's true that some GOP leaders are plotting against Trump, Rios says, the "bargain" is gone on their side.
"So in that regard, I think that if they should do that, all bets are off," she tells OneNewsNew.
In past months Trump has raised the issue of dropping from the GOP primary and running as a third-party candidate. But in the most recent GOP debate, he said he was "totally committed" to the Republican Party.
A recent poll showed that approximately two-thirds of his supporters would vote for him should he bolt the GOP and seek an independent run.
Rios says there are also reports that some Republican "elites" might try to put forward Mitt Romney as the nominee at the convention.
Romney said just weeks ago that he is not interested in being the "savior" of a brokered GOP convention, but there are also reports that donors and die-hard loyalists to Romney have plans to nominate him if the convention is fractured.
If that happens, Rios says, "it will be the end of the Republican Party. It will just be the end."
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