Election 2016

Trump Says There Will Be Riots if He’s Denied the Nomination

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke to CNN and said his supporters may riot at the GOP convention if the nomination is stolen from him.

"I think we’ll win before getting to the convention," Trump said on CNN's "New Day." "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 1100 and somebody else is at 500 or 400 — because we’re way ahead of everybody — I don't think you can say that we don't get it automatically. I think you'd have riots. I think you'd have riots. I'm representing a tremendous — many, many millions of people."

I also believe denying Trump the nomination would spark a riot and I'm sure he's counting on that threat of violence to convince the party establishment not to oppose him. Trump has already used the threat of violence against his opponents both within and outside the party.

In any event, the city of Cleveland is taking the threat seriously. The city has ordered 2,000 sets of riot gear ahead of the GOP convention in anticipation.

I surmise the Republican convention will be an epic disaster even if there isn't a riot. There was a time -- a more innocent time -- when we thought Clint Eastwood's conversation with an empty chair was embarrassing. There's no telling what kind of absurd spectacles this year's convention will entail.

  • Christopher Foxx

    There’s no telling what kind of absurd spectacles this year’s convention will entail.

    Like the nomination of Donald Trump, for example.

  • fry1laurie

    A contested convention that nominates another man (no woman obviously) will be the final show that the current Rethuglican party does not believe in democracy, the people or the Constitution. But try getting that message out through a media that hangs on Drumpf’s every word and believes “both sides do it.”

  • muselet

    If Donald Trump isn’t the nominee, there will be riots!

    Trump knows this because if he isn’t the nominee, he’ll start the riots himself.


  • Badgerite

    Dear God. This clown has really made the Republican Party his ‘bitch’ or what. If he has any principles, I couldn’t say what they are. I thought Kevin Drum had him really pegged in his article about Trump’s exploits in Atlantic City entitled Here’s How Donald Trump Treats the Little People.