Iowa GOP Chair: Delegation To Go For Trump At Convention Despite Cruz Winning Iowa, And State Being Proportional

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On Friday during a taping for Iowa Public Television Iowa Republican Party chairman Jeff Kaufmann announced that he has apparently rewritten Iowa’s delegate rules and that the whole of Iowa’s delegation to the GOP convention in Cleveland will all vote for Donald Trump.

From the Quad Cities Times:

Kaufmann conceded that Iowa Republicans are in “various degrees” in their support for Trump. Some are thrilled, some are accepting, and “we have people who are in the process.”

The “never Trump” movement, however, is a “tiny, tiny little minority of people with large megaphones,” he said.

Suggestions that the Iowa delegation will cast some of its votes for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who was the caucus winner, or some other candidate is “hypocritical … nonsensical, and it’s not going to happen,” he said. “Donald Trump is our nominee.”

This is news to Iowa delegates and alternates given that Iowa is a proportional delegation state, and Donald Trump did not win its February 1st caucus, that was won by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Kaufmann went on to say that the Iowa delegation would only be broken down by caucus results if the convention in Cleveland follows the rules at acknowledges that delegates are bound on the 1st ballot to Sen. Cruz, Gov. Kasich, and Sen. Rubio.

Mr. Kaufmann was also very dismissive of the #NeverTrump movement:

People who “feel the need to have that internal, heartfelt, passionate conversation in front of cameras and in front of journalists (are) bent on self-promotion and could care less about our first-in-the-nation status and the integrity of our process,” Kaufmann said Friday after taping Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program

Delegates to the GOP convention in Cleveland that Mr. Kaufmann is apparently forcing to vote for Trump regardless of the Iowa caucus and its rules include Cecil Stinemetz who wrote an op-ed recently that explained why he would never, ever give his support to Donald Trump and he wrote in part, “Delegates have a huge responsibility and we are the only ones that can stop a disaster that will happen to our party and our nation if Republicans nominate Donald Trump.”

Iowa’s delegation is supposed to be 8 for Ted Cruz, 7 each for Marco Rubio and Donald Trump and 1 for John Kasich, that is what should happen under the rules Mr. Kaufmann. Donald Trump doesn’t need protecting.  You don’t have the right to suffocate  the conscience of those who are #NeverTrump, And you certainly should not be allowed to make up the rules as you go.