While many have known the truth for years, those with blinders on, refusing to see or hear the truth of how Presidential nominees are "selected" by the political class rather than "elected" by the people, the statements from a Senior GOP Party Official who just happens to be an unbound GOP delegate from North Dakota, should be a huge wake up call for †all those that have been living in denial.
"The media has created the perception that the voters choose the nomination. That's the conflict here," Curly Haugland, an unbound GOP delegate from North Dakota, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday. He even questioned why primaries and caucuses are held.
"The rules haven't kept up," Haugland said. "The rules are still designed to have a political party choose its nominee at a convention. That's just the way it is. I can't help it. Don't hate me because I love the rules."
It does not get any more blatant than those statements. This type of manipulation used to be conducted behind closed doors, with back-room deals between the political "elite" deciding what choices the American public would have. The loss of control during the 2016 presidential campaign season and the open, very public declarations of their plans to overturn the will of the people, is indicative of just how panicked party leaders are right now.
GOP front-runner Donald Trump is the reason party officials, on both sides, are so desperate to wretch control back from "we the people" and he understands what they are planning, from the anti-Trump mobs planning the "largest of century" protests, to the party leaders plotting a way to broker the convention to hand the nomination to a candidate not even on the ballots.
To be fair, Paul Ryan has stated that he would not be the presidential nominee, saying "I've been really clear about this.If you want to be president, you should run for president. We should select our nominee from among the people who are running for president. Clear and simple. So no, I am not going to be the president. I am not going to be the nominee.
Ryan continued on to state " I am not going to become the president through Cleveland."
Below Donald Trump addresses that very issue saying if he goes to the convention with an overwhelming lead and party leaders attempt to prevent him from becoming the nominee, thereby disenfranchising the millions of voters that voted for him, "You'd have riots."
GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT CALLS ON REPUBLICANS TO COME TOGETHER
Iím asking all Republicans today to come together and begin preparing to win the general election in November.
With his victories yesterday, I believe it is now time for Republicans to accept and respect the will of the voters and coalesce behind Donald Trump.
This has been a hard fought primary, with an outstanding roster of excellent candidates, including two of Floridaís favorite sons, and several Republican Governors who are close friends of mine.
But the voters are speaking clearly Ė they want a businessman outsider who will dramatically shake up the status quo in Washington.
When I first ran for Governor the political class and party leaders opposed me with great vigor, and some even said if I won the primary they would never vote for me. But the voters had other ideas, and they are the only ones who count.
Hereís what really matters Ė we have to elect a Republican in the fall in order to grow jobs, rebuild our military, and put a person who respects the Constitution on the Supreme Court.
This is the stuff that truly matters.
If we spend another four months tearing each other apart, we will damage our ability to win in November. Itís time for an end to the Republican on Republican violence. Itís time for us to begin coming together, weíve had a vigorous primary, now letís get serious about winning in November.
By all accounts the GOP has seen excitement and record numbers turning out at primaries and caucuses to date, many of which are first time voters or those that haven't participated in the process in years, some even decades. Republicans risk losing tremendously in the general election if those voters are disenfranchised.
At this point GOP officials have two choices to make..... Hand the presidency to Hillary Clinton or get out of the voters' way and let the voters decide.†