Donald Trump Has All The Delegates He Needs To Get Republican Nomination, & Here’s What That Means
If you were crossing your fingers and wishing, hoping, or even praying that somehow the Republicans would hold an open convention this summer and choose someone (anyone) other than Donald Trump as their nominee, I have bad news. As of Thursday morning, the Associated Press has calculated that Donald Trump has enough delegates to win the nomination. He has one more than he needs, actually, at 1,238. He’s reached the magic number. Shit.
The AP calculated this by talking to unbound delegates who confirmed that they would vote for Trump at the convention. On top of the 1,238 already confirmed, the primaries coming up on June 7 will give him even more delegates.
He did it. I hope you’re proud of yourselves, America.
Earlier in the primary season, it looked like the Republican National Committee was going to at least have the option of circumnavigating a Trump nomination by sticking to their rules of needing exactly 1,237 delegates to win. It seemed, for some time, that he might not have been able to even get enough delegates before their convention in July — then they could pull some crazy, House of Cards-type shit and nominate someone who was actually, even somewhat, qualified to be the president of the United States.
There was also talk that Trump’s campaign didn’t understand the delegate process (because again, he’s not a politician). But some changes in his campaign staff earlier this spring seems to have been enough. He made it work and we could be in a lot of trouble because of it. If Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, she better come correct. She’s not a great campaigner and tends to fumble late in the election cycle. This time the stakes are a little too high to fuck around.
Everyone should be getting a little worried. The rest of the world already is. On Thursday, President Obama said after the G-7 Summit in Japan that world leaders are “rattled” by the idea of a Trump candidacy (and we’re not even talking about a presidency yet). He added that the rest of the world is not sure how seriously to take him and his “cavalier attitude” and ignorance of actual world affairs. Join the club, world. Most Americans aren’t sure if this is all just one big joke either. I keep waiting for Ashton Kutcher to jump out and tell us that we’ve all been punk’d. But at the point, it’s more likely Kutcher could be a vice presidential pick than the bearer of good news.
The only thing left to do now is stay positive. Don’t fuck this one up, Democrats.