The Herald reports:
Fresh off three more primary victories, Donald Trump said he’ll blow off the next Republican presidential debate and warned of “riots” if power-brokers deny him the nomination at the convention even if he’s leading in the delegate count.
The billionaire New York developer, who held a narrow lead in Missouri and lost Ohio on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time), is faced with the prospect of a floor fight at the party convention in July if he’s leading in delegates but falls short of a majority, 1,237.
“I think we’ll win before getting to the convention, but I can tell you, if we didn’t and if we’re 20 votes short or if we’re 100 short and we’re at 1,100 and somebody else is at 500 or 400 cause we’re way ahead of everybody, I don’t think you can say that we don’t get it automatically,” Trump said on CNN on Wednesday. “I think you’d have riots.”
So trump is threatening the Republican Party with riots if they don’t nominate him, even if he doesn’t get a majority of delegates- as required by their rules.
Trump claimed to have been caught off guard by the next televised debate, set for Monday in Salt Lake City hosted by Fox News. “We’ve had enough debates,” he said on the network Wednesday. “Nobody told me about it and I won’t be there.”
And now refusing debates previously agreed to. He’s scared to go one on one.
If Trump does not have a majority of delegates, it is quite legitimate for Rubio and Kasich delegates to give their second preferences to Cruz over Trump.