Republican leaders are reportedly girding for the possibility of a brokered convention in Cleveland next year. Donald Trump's reaction is the elephant in the room.
This scenario would occur if no candidate headed to the Republican National Convention with enough delegates to win the nomination on the first ballot, making the quadrennial event's role in the process less of a formality.
More than 20 leading Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed the possibility at a dinner organized by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus Monday night, according to the Washington Post. The report said that GOP leaders close to 2012 nominee Mitt Romney and 2016 candidates Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush were among those in attendance.
The news comes at a time when Trump has renewed threats to consider a third-party bid. Trump has said he would only bolt if he felt Republican leaders were treating him unfairly. The appearance of powerful GOP figures meeting about a convention that could theoretically choose someone other than the candidate with plurality support in the primaries would seem to lend itself to Trump's argument that the party is trying to stack the deck against him.