Anti-Trump Republicans call for GOP emergency meeting
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Members of the "Free the Delegates" movement, which tried to use party convention rules to thwart Trump's nomination, said Sunday they're reaching out to members of the Republican National Committee (RNC), The Washington Post reported.
The Post noted that RNC members from at least 16 states can compel Reince Priebus, the RNC chairman, to call an emergency meeting. Anti-Trump activists want the RNC members to invoke a rule laying out the process for nominating a new candidate.
Activists are focused on the RNC's Rule 9, which allows Republicans to replace their nominee in cases of "death, declination, or otherwise." The anti-Trump activists are focusing on the last component, "otherwise," as justification for swapping out Trump for another candidate.
Trump is slated to deliver an economic speech Monday in an effort to move past a week riddled with blowback over his feuding with the Muslim family of an Army captain who died in Iraq in 2004 and his initial refusal to back Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP can't excommunicate King and ignore Trump playing to white supremacy and racism House vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King House passes resolution condemning white nationalism MORE (R-Wis.) and Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal Bipartisan senators reintroduce bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO Mark Kelly considering Senate bid as Arizona Dems circle McSally MORE (R-Ariz.) in their primaries.