Laura Loomer has recently uncovered an intriguing development within the California GOP. It appears that the party has changed its rules regarding delegate allocation in the primary election, potentially giving a runner-up candidate a significant share of delegates. This change could have a significant impact on the outcome of the GOP nomination race, as California awards the largest number of delegates in the party. Even if a candidate like Ron DeSantis were to come in second place, they could still receive enough delegates to have a shot at winning the nomination.
This change in rules by the California GOP harkens back to the 2016 primary race, where candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich teamed up in an attempt to prevent Donald Trump from securing the necessary number of delegates. This strategy was dependent on a winner-takes-all system, which California had in place at the time. Loomer astutely notes that many individuals who supported Cruz in 2016, including Jenna Ellis, have now aligned themselves with DeSantis.
The California GOP has claimed that the change in delegate allocation was forced upon them by the Republican National Committee (RNC) after the state’s primary date was moved up by Governor Gavin Newsom. However, Loomer has challenged this explanation, accusing the party of deliberately attempting to undermine Trump’s chances by eliminating the long-standing 50% winner-takes-all threshold in California. She argues that the party is using RNC jargon to confuse voters and conceal their true motives.
Adding further intrigue to the story is DeSantis’ endorsement of Harmeet Dhillon for RNC Chair. Dhillon, a California RNC National Committeewoman, has faced criticism from Loomer for allegedly liking tweets critical of President Trump. This endorsement raises questions about Dhillon’s alignment with the Trump agenda and further underscores the divisions within the party.
Loomer’s revelations and the California GOP’s response have left a number of unanswered questions. If the party’s claim is true, and the RNC did indeed force them to change the delegate allocation rule, why were House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Dhillon not transparent about the rule change? As one of the most influential figures within the Republican Party, McCarthy’s silence on this matter raises suspicion. It begs the question of why he did not lead a delegation from California to the RNC Meetings to challenge the rule change.
These unanswered questions only serve to fuel speculation and raise doubts about McCarthy and his allies’ commitment to the MAGA movement. It appears that they believe they know better than the GOP voters and are willing to manipulate the rules to suit their own agenda.
In light of these developments, it is clear that the GOP primary race is not without its share of intrigue and controversy. The outcome of the California primary and the allocation of delegates could have a significant impact on the ultimate nominee. As the race continues to unfold, it will be interesting to see how these revelations shape the narrative and influence voter perceptions.