Donald Trump gloated on Twitter on Friday morning about the “Never Trump” movement being defeated in its last-ditch effort to derail his nomination at next week’s Republican nominating convention.
Trump wrote on the social-media platform that the movement was “never more” and had been “crushed.”
The rules committee voted on Thursday night by an overwhelming margin to reject a proposal that would have unbound GOP delegates from state-primary results and allowed them to instead “cast a vote of conscience.”
The death of the so-called free-the-delegates proposal was all but a fatal blow to the Never Trump movement, which has sought to use every possible option to strip Trump of the Republican nomination.
#NeverTrump is never more. They were crushed last night in Cleveland at Rules Committee by a vote of 87-12. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016
The movement had gained some steamin mid-June, when the Manhattan billionaire launched a series of attacks on a US federal judge’s Mexican heritage.
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But, even in June, RNC committeeman Morton Blackwell, a longtime member of the rules committee, told Business Insider that the Never Trumpers who thought that they could pass such an amendment were living in a “fantasy.”
“I’ll put it this way,” he said at the time. “Rounded off to the nearest whole digit, it’s a zero chance. Maybe 0.00001%. It’s not going to happen.”
As it turns out, Blackwell was right.