The New York Times is reporting that the Republican Party held an emergency meeting exploring where the boundaries currently lie in replacing Trump as the party’s nominee. The meeting was arranged shortly after a bombshell video of Trump was released by the Washington Post showing Trump making lewd statements about women.
While current thinking has it that Trump must drop out in order for there to be a new nominee, there is apparently a way that is being strongly debated, which could, in fact, allow the Republican Party to move forward without Trump at the top of the ticket.
Here’s how getting rid of Trump would technically work: The party could amend the rules, but it would take the majority of the party’s Rule Committee and two-thirds of the entire party. This isn’t a quick process. The elections are only a month away – but it’s still an option.
Currently, it’s said that the emergency meeting had been called to discuss a provision known as Rule 9. It reads as follows:
The Republican National Committee is hereby authorized and empowered to fill any and all vacancies which may occur by reason of death, declination, or otherwise of the Republican candidate for President of the United States or the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States, as nominated by the national convention, or the Republican National Committee may reconvene the national convention for the purpose of filling any such vacancies.
There’s also another option, which would involve the electoral college. It’s extremely unusual, but it’s also legal. Technically speaking, presidents aren’t elected by the people, they are elected by the electoral college. In many states the electoral college isn’t bound to vote with the popular vote, they can go their own way.
If some of the electoral college decides to go their own way, especially in a race that polls show only being won by 5 points nationally, then certain states withholding their electoral college vote could keep Trump from winning.
If you haven’t seen Trump’s extremely lewd video about women yet, you can watch it below:
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