- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The chairman of the GOP’s standing committee on rules said Wednesday he suspects the level of support for the stop-Trump movement is softer than the New York billionaire’s opponents would suggest.

In a last-ditch effort to derail Donald Trump from capturing the nomination at the Republican National Convention next week, anti-Trump forces are pushing a rules change this week that would free up delegates to vote their conscience — hoping it could kneecap Mr. Trump’s campaign.

But Bruce Ash, head of the RNC’s rules-making committee and a member of the convention rules committee, said he is not certain that Kendal Unruh, a Colorado delegate leading the anti-Trump charge, has the support of 28 of the 112 member convention rules committee needed to pass a “minority” report and keep her effort alive.

“I suspect there are probably a dozen or so members of the convention rules committee,” Mr. Ash said on C-SPAN Wednesday. “We think the number is far lower than Kendal Unruh has to say.”

The Trump campaign and members of the RNC have long believed the stop-Trump movement will flame out over time.

But Ms. Unruh told The Washington Times this week that she believes momentum is on her side as they prepare for the convention rules committee meetings on Thursday and Friday.

“I am confident the minority report will pass,” she said.

If the effort survives, the free-the-delegates push could go before the entire convention next week for a vote.

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