- The Washington Times - Friday, March 4, 2016

The conservative grass-roots organization American Majority said its members will refrain from voting in the general election if Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, arguing the business magnate “hijacked” their movement and is not a true conservative.

“The conservative base I’ve talked to for eight years now — they will stay home, they will,” said Matt Robbins, the president of American Majority. “They’re not Donald Trump supporters, they don’t believe it’s appropriate to have a man with a record for decades of donating, and voting and dealing with liberal Democrats in New York and elsewhere nationwide should be the standard-bearer.”

American Majority looks to empower conservatives to run for office locally and to promote free market, limited government, and national security principles through activism. It has trained more than 33,000 people through one of their more than 900 sessions across 46 different states in the past seven years, according its website.

“Donald Trump has literally hijacked our movement,” Mr. Robbins said. “You have to pretty much chalk this one up to an intruder in the ecosystem that’s coming in and polluted the waters here.”

Mr. Robbins said the Republican Party has withheld stormy waters before, and still holds out hope the party elects a true conservative. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are all still vying for the GOP nomination with Mr. Trump.

“The Trump phenomenon, I believe, is on its last leg, you saw that in the debate last night,” Mr. Robbins said. “You saw the real lack of answers, the real lack of substance and juvenile behavior.

“The people voting for Trump are not my conservative grassroots, they’re new entrants into the process … but they are not interested in the same planks and platforms we are,” Mr. Robbins said. “I think this is going to settle itself fairly quickly in the next few primaries with the winner take all states and I think Ted Cruz is now positioned to do even better.”

• Kelly Riddell can be reached at kriddell@washingtontimes.com.

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