Although Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee, the possibility of a new, surprise presidential nominee can’t be ruled out.
By Rakesh Raman
Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s attempt to win the presidential nomination lost velocity Tuesday when she faced her 20th defeat at the hands of party rival Bernie Sanders in West Virginia’s Democratic Party primary.
Although it’s only a matter of time before the “wife, mom, grandma, women+kids advocate” secures her place as the Democratic nominee, the self-styled socialist must be giving her sleepless nights because now Hillary must take on Republican rival Donald Trump instead of dealing with struggling Sanders.
In fact, Hillary has already launched a “Stop Trump” campaign against the presumptive GOP nominee, assuming that the final battle to conquer the White House will be between her and Trump.
On Tuesday, Hillary had 2,228 delegates while Sanders had only 1,454. In order to win the nomination, she only needs the support of 155 more delegates, which she will easily get.
But GOP has mocked Hillary’s 20th loss to Sanders. “It is nothing short of embarrassing that Hillary Clinton has now been defeated twenty times by a 74-year old socialist from Vermont, and for the second straight week lost a state she carried in 2008,” commented Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus.
Priebus also said that setbacks this late into the primary calendar show her long track record of dishonesty and hypocrisy continues to alienate large swathes of Democrat voters.
Meanwhile, Trump has 1,107 delegates and needs 130 more to claim the Republican nomination. He is expected to reach the magic number on June 7 in the upcoming GOP primaries in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota.
Although Trump has managed to attract many Americans with his sensational speeches, most believe he is not fit to become the President because of his uncivil language and unstable thoughts. His speeches and tweets are full of vulgar words such as “stupid,” “goofy,” “crooked,” “liar,” “low life,” and so on.
While Trump is a presumptive GOP nominee, he has as many opponents in his own party as he has in the rival democratic camp. The Republican house speaker Paul Ryan, for example, has refused to accept Trump as a GOP nominee – at least at this stage.
Other GOP top brass including Mitt Romney is also disturbed with Trump and believes that Trump is a demagogue who is trying to exploit the sentiment of Americans.
Although Paul Ryan has called Trump to meet him Thursday as he wants to teach Trump how to unify all wings of the Republican party, it’s highly unlikely that belligerent Trump will pay heed to Ryan’s advice.
In that case, the possibility of a new, surprise GOP presidential nominee can’t be ruled out, and Ryan himself perfectly fits the bill.
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