A top adviser to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE's campaign says he would leave the Republican Party “forever” if it "jimmies with the rules" to prevent the front-runner from grabbing the nomination.
Sam Clovis, a national co-chair for Trump’s campaign, told CNN on Friday that “there are rules, and the rules ought to be followed" if Trump gets the 1,237 delegates necessary to clinch the party’s nomination.
“If the Republican Party comes into that convention and jimmies with the rules and takes away the will of the people, the will of the Republicans, the Democrats and the independents that voted for Mr. Trump, I will take off my credentials, I will leave the floor of that convention, and I will leave the Republican party forever.”
Trump is more than halfway to the delegate total needed to sew up the nomination. But with rivals Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus Democrats play defense, GOP goes on attack after Biden oil comments Quinnipiac poll finds Biden, Trump tied in Texas MORE and John Kasich staying in the race, there is a growing possibility that no candidate reaches 1,237.
Clovis’s comments came just days after Trump predicated “riots” if he doesn’t win the nomination.
“I think you’d have riots,” Trump said. “I’m representing … many, many millions of people, in many cases first-time voters. I wouldn’t lead it, but I think bad things would happen.”