Republican Primaries Stolen by Democrats

Many conservatives favored different candidates in the primaries but now feel it's in the best interest of the Republican Party and the country, to get behind Trump as their nominee.  Planning to vote for Trump out of a sense of tradition or obligation is somewhat understandable.  Coming into this election cycle, the goal was, above all, to keep Hillary Clinton out of the Oval Office.  Beyond that, there were high hopes that a solid conservative, hopefully not an establishment puppet, would win the day.

Hillary, possibly the worst candidate in the DNC's history, solidified the feeling that this was the year conservatives would take back the White House and send the liberals packing.  Republicans know what they'll get with Mrs. Clinton at the helm, and the country is already in terrible shape.

So why are the #NeverTrumps not falling in line behind the Republicans' presumptive nominee?  Set Trump aside for a moment; there's important math to consider.

Michael Harrington has diligently pored over 24 years of election data.  His study uncovered a clear pattern of Democrat intrusion into the Republican primaries, by "strategically" voting for the opposition.

In open primary states, participants don't have to change their registration to vote the other party, and they've been voting for the enemy in staggering numbers.  In closed primary states, when their Democrat candidate of choice has a solid margin of victory, voters have nothing to lose by changing their registration to Republican – they have their cake and eat it, too.  Complicit Democrats sabotage the opposition by voting for the weakest Republican candidates, setting up a decided advantage for the Democrat nominee in the general election, and causing rancor and division among Republican voters.  What could be better?

It's often observed that Democrats will get behind even their most despicable politicians, while Republicans won't come out en masse for a candidate who doesn't specifically represent them, particularly on issues of religion, morality, and character.  Conservatives are justifiably hung up on integrity and honesty, traits Democrats regularly overlook (thus their nominee, Hillary Clinton).

On the right, conservatives can't fathom how or why they continue to get seriously flawed candidates for president, cycle after cycle.  "Strategic voting" is the type of dirty trick Republicans have come to expect from the DNC – lying, cheating, fraud-ridden, abhorrent behavior, the "win by any means and at any cost" mentality that conjured "super-delegates" to cement the win for their presumptive heir to the throne.

Mr. Harrington observed the "strategic voting" phenomenon in specific states in the '90s, and has since seen it balloon in scale to the national level.  He estimates that 12 million Democrats sabotaged the Republican primaries this spring with the following result:

Using 2000 and 2008 as baselines, the conclusion was staggering.  Trump only got about 3.3 million Republican Votes.  The rest are Democrats, approximately 12 million of them[.] ... In any event our election was stolen.  Trump would be in fourth, or worse, without Democrats; he would probably only have won New York, and considering he would be doing so badly when that election happened, it is unlikely even there.  We have been tossed to the ground and electorally gang raped by Democrats.

His research explains a lot – how a lifelong Democrat, a donor and avid supporter of the Clintons, a corrupt crony capitalist with "New York values" – walked away the presumptive Republican nominee.  This data underscores the reason why, historically, the Republican Party has, excepting only the 1976 convention, recognized a delegate's right to vote his conscience on the convention floor.  Democrats, comparatively, bound their delegates for many years, in alignment with their Holy Grail – power.

Conservatives were set up.  Democrats know that Republicans abhor the appearance of impropriety and planned the perfect strategy to confuse and confound.  It's up to conservatives to use superior intellect, seek the truth, and uncover the facts.

Republicans don't have to betray their values, or "steal" the election, as Mr. Trump and the media say, to nullify the DNC strategy.  There's been a lot of grumbling among Trump supporters about the RNC "pulling something" at the convention to oust Mr. Trump.  Yes, the Rules Committee could change the rules as in the past, to favor one candidate over another.  Revolting delegates consider that dirty pool.

Delegates' abstaining or voting their conscience has long been the rule in the Republican Party, excepting 1976.  The delegates are voted on and elected at several levels prior to representing their state and constituents at the national convention.  The primary results do not dictate the nominee, as most people think; the delegates vote, and thus elect, the nominee.  If the primaries chose the nominee, there would be no need for delegates.

Historically, there weren't primaries held to determine the nomination.  Nineteen-twelve was the first year candidates seeking office went through primary elections.  The idea that the primary results dictate a nominee is largely the product of misinformation, propaganda, and malaise.  The majority is understandably ignorant of election history and has been led to this conclusion by a willing and complacent media.

Those in the #NeverTrumpNeverHillary camp strongly believe that it their duty as Americans, to set the nation under the watchful eye of a constitutional conservative and, in doing so, foil the DNC's destructive long-term strategy.

Having witnessed the damage to the nation from a fifty-year plan by Alinsky-ite liberals, purposefully infiltrating public schools, academia, media, and the highest levels of government, how can conservatives choose to ignore the orange elephant in the room, pretending there were so many Christians and conservatives – in defiance of everything they believe – turning their backs on the highest principles, truth and integrity, to vote for an obvious liberal?  Mitt Romney, by every measure, is ten times the man that Donald Trump is, and yet many didn't come out in support of him in the 2012 general election.

Logically, how can anyone possibly think Trump, a Republican imposter, has any chance of beating the Clinton machine?

Our elected delegates have the power and authority vested in them to vote as they choose.  A delegate "revolt" is not underhanded; it's our Republic in action.  Republicans don't choose a presidential nominee democratically, and when one considers Mr. Harrington's research, it's obvious that Trump is "the will of the Democrats," not "the will of the people."  This is a legal and righteous movement to right the wrongs of this year's primaries, the "checks and balances" of election law.

Julie Custer lives in SE Georgia and has written for The Philadelphia Inquirer, TheBlaze, and American Thinker.  Contact Julie at

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