The chairman of the Iowa Republican Party today said he will be “blunt and possibly even rude” with Iowa delegates at the party’s national convention in Cleveland next week who do not want to help nominate Donald Trump.
Iowa GOP chairman Jeff Kaufmann said the purpose of the convention is “to carry out the will of the people” — and Trump won more votes than his competitors.
“The bottom line is we listen to the people,” Kaufmann said. “The people decided.”
Kaufmann described the “Never Trump” movement as “nonsense” that could ensure victory in November for Hillary Clinton.
“Does that make me angry? Yep. Does it mean I’m going to be blunt and possibly even rude? Yep,” Kaufmann said. “That’s what I’m going to do because that’s my style and that’s what I think I’m supposed to do and if I’m wrong, I apologize.”
According to Kaufmann, highly-paid political consultants are trying to “create havoc” and get party rules changed “in the bottom of the ninth inning.”
“We’ve got a tiny little sliver with a great big megaphone and sometimes the media gives that sliver a disproportionate voice,” Kaufmann said. “…You get to thinking: ‘Wow! How many people think that?’ Well, not a whole lot.”
AUDIO of Kaufmann’s remarks at Westside Conservative Club, 52:00
Kaufmann suggested it’s time for the GOP establishment to listen to the “discontent” of voters.
“I’ve had somebody say: ‘Well anger, that isn’t a very constructive force,'” Kaufmann said. “Anger is absolutely an o.k. thing. Anger is how you get the attention of our elected leaders…In fact, I would go so far to say a country that is tone deaf to anger of the people is a country that’s got some problems.”
Rod Shirk of West Des Moines is a Trump supporter who listened to Kaufmann speak early today at the Westside Conservative Club. Shirk wants the Iowa delegates in Cleveland to follow the rules and vote for Trump.
“That’s what they were sent there to do,” Shirk said.
David Creighton of Clive supported Marco Rubio in the Iowa Caucuses, but he’s ready to back Trump now. Creighton believes Trump can help unify the party by choosing the right kind of running mate.
“I think that’s important,” Creighton said, “and then after that I think he’s got to tone his rhetoric down and start sounding more presidential instead of talking about how big his ego is.”
The Iowa G-O-P’s chairman complained to the crowd of conservatives that the party turmoil prevents him from touting how a Trump presidency would change Washington and keep Hillary Clinton from packing the Supreme Court with liberal justices.