Anti-Trump delegate files first lawsuit that could lead to GOP convention coup
It is highly, highly unlikely that Republican delegates will successfully launch a convention coup against presumptive nominee Donald Trump — but that won’t stop them from trying.
On Friday, Virginia GOP delegate Carroll Boston Correll filed a class-action suitv (PDF) with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in which he argued that he should be allowed to vote his conscience at this year’s Republican National Convention instead of being forced to vote for a candidate whom he has no desire to vote for.
“[Correll] has resolved… that he will not vote for Donald J. Trump, whom Correll believes is unfit to serve as President of the United States,” the complaint states. “A vote for Trump would violate the dictates of Correll’s conscience.”
The suit points out the Correll is being forced to vote for Trump even though Trump “prevailed in the Republican primary with a slim plurality of 34.7 percent of votes.” Because he faces criminal charges if he votes his conscience at the RNC, Correll is asking the court to free up both himself and other Virginia delegates who harbor similar misgivings about the presumptive nominee.
Again, the likelihood of this ploy succeeding is very low, but it’s amazing that there is still so much resistance to Trump’s candidacy from Republican delegates even at this late day.