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Article by Bryan Howard
January 3, 2019
Jevon O. A. Williams represents the Virgin Islands for the Republican National Committee sent an email requesting the RNC to change the rules in order to prevent a Primary challenger to Donald Trump in 2020.
According to the Washington Examiner, Williams stated in the email, “the political history is clear. No Republican president opposed for re-nomination has ever won re-election.”
Williams continued, “Unfortunately, loopholes in the rules governing the 2020 re-nomination campaign are enabling these so-called Republicans to flirt with the possibility of contested primaries and caucus. While President Trump would win re-nomination, it wouldn’t come quick and it wouldn’t be inexpensive. Any contested re-nomination campaign — even a forlorn hope — would only help Democrats.”
Williams finished, “I am asking for your support to take the unprecedented step of amending the rules to close loopholes in the re-nomination campaign, including Rule 40.”
The RNC rule 40 is worded,
Each candidate for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall demonstrate the support of a majority of the delegates from each of eight (8) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of that candidate for nomination. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these rules or any rule of the House of Representatives, to demonstrate the support required of this paragraph a certificate evidencing the affirmative written support of the required number of permanently seated delegates from each of the eight (8) or more states shall have been submitted to the secretary of the convention not later than one (1) hour prior to the placing of the names of candidates for nomination pursuant to this rule and the established order of business.
The entire email is written below,
Dear fellow RNC member,
Merry Christmas (yes, it’s still Christmas), happy New Year, and warm
greetings from where many of you probably want to be right now:
Imagine my surprise when I read the junior senator-elect from Utah’s
unprecedented rebuke of President Donald J. Trump in an op-ed on the
pages of The Washington Post that ran before he was even sworn into
office. I couldn’t believe this was coming from our party’s 2012
nominee, who, despite differences in politics, still professes to be a
Republican. With Republicans like him who needs Democrats.
Seriously. I swear that Republicans can be their own worst enemy.
Democrats don’t have to worry about the three-ring circus and civil
war that is engulfing their party’s 2020 nomination campaign because
so-called Republicans are forcing us to spend valuable time, money,
and resources in re-nominating our president.
Make no mistake. This was calculated political treachery. The op-ed,
again before he even assumed office, was published the night of New
Year’s Day. This was done to define the week’s narrative in the
mainstream media and chattering class. It also only serves to
undermine our party and its president by playing into the hands of
House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democrat Leader Chuck
Schumer as they seek to divide Republicans and distract attention away
from their refusal to protect our borders.
As an immigrant, a combat veteran, a black American, a millennial, and
as a member of the RNC, I wholeheartedly support and endorse President
Trump for re-nomination. That isn’t to say I don’t have my
disappointments. I do. Like many of you, I have been frustrated by the
inability to get Republicans nominated to U.S. attorney, U.S. marshal,
and District Court judgeships. But the record is clear and President
Trump’s policies at home and abroad are getting results by putting the
national interest first and foremost.
My friends, you know what’s going to happen.
Messrs. Romney, Flake, and Kasich will continue chasing their fantasy
of being president, even if that means destroying our party and
denying President Trump re-election.
Look, the political history is clear. No Republican president opposed
for re-nomination has ever won re-election.
Unfortunately, loopholes in the rules governing the 2020 re-nomination
campaign are enabling these so-called Republicans to flirt with the
possibility of contested primaries and caucuses.
While President Trump would win re-nomination it wouldn’t come quick
and it wouldn’t be inexpensive. Any contested re-nomination
campaign—even a forlorn hope—would only help Democrats.
Accordingly, I am asking for your support to take the unprecedented
step of amending the rules to close loopholes in the re-nomination
campaign, including Rule 40. These rules, as I read them and has been
reported in the press, didn’t take into account an incumbent president
running for re-election. Beyond a rules amendment, I also ask for your
support of a resolution declaring the RNC’s unanimous and unequivocal
endorsement of President Trump for re-nomination. This resolution
would also declare him the presumptive nominee in 2020. I intend for
both of these items to be acted upon at the winter meeting later this
month, including, if necessary, by suspending the rules to take up
The so-called Republicans seeking to defeat President Trump have used
our silence to advance their cause.
It’s time to make our voice heard: Our party, be it the RNC or the
grassroots in the 56 states, territories and District of Columbia, is
united behind President Trump.
Jevon O.A. Williams
National Committeeman, Virgin Islands