Federalist publisher Ben Domenech joined “The Kelly File” on Fox News Thursday night to explain what a contested convention means for the Republican Party.
The latest efforts within the GOP, particularly regarding the talk of a potential third-party candidate, seem to indicate their hatred for Ted Cruz has not died. They’re hoping a candidate who is neither Donald Trump or Cruz will lock up the nomination and keep the party establishment safe.
“They are more willing to risk the riots that Donald Trump was talking about in that instance and potentially have a violent scene in Cleveland than they are to come around to the idea that Ted Cruz is their only real way to stop Donald Trump,” Domenech said.
Domenech explained that contested conventions have produced winning candidates six times.
“Contested conventions are often healthy things, particularly when the party is particularly divided,” he said.
“If Donald Trump is the uniter that he claims to be, he should be able to win over the support of enough people to take him over that threshold [of 1,237 delegates],” he said. “It exists for a reason — to show he has the necessary support to be a competitive contender in the general election campaign.”
“If Trump supporters want to come to Cleveland and they want to riot, I say let them and then they will find out what the party of law and order is really all about,” Domenech said.