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RNC Chairman Says Rules Won't Change From 2012, Then In Same Sentence Says They Will

The RNC chairman must have been infected with Trump's "contradiction disease" on MTP.
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During this political season, it's usually been Donald Trump's MO to contradict himself in the same sentence on almost any given topic, but this morning on Meet The Press, it was Reince Priebus' turn to look like a jackass.

Chuck Todd, asked the RNC Chairman to clear up some misconceptions about the RNC rules and if the convention rules will be rewritten for 2016 when the convention in Cleveland meets or will they stay the same as they were in 2012.

Priebus answered that he thinks "it's probably unlikely that you see major changes," to the rules. That would make Trump supporters pretty happy since there has been an incredible push to oust his campaign from existence by establishment Republicans.

However, his next words completely contradict his first thoughts on the matter when he says that the 2012 rules were written by Romney and why would anyone want the same rules. Huh?

CHUCK TODD: You know, one of the things that I think has been a misconception is that somehow, the rules of 2012 will apply to the 2016 election. And the reason this comes up is because there was a rule in 2012 that said if you didn't win a majority of delegates in eight states, you couldn't get your name put into nomination. What is the likelihood that that rule stays for 2016? Or are all the rules for how this election conducted going to get rewritten come July?

REINCE PRIEBUS: Well, I'm of course guessing here. I don't have any power to change any rules, Chuck. But I think it's probably unlikely that you see major changes.

But again, as you say, the 2012 rules were written by the 2012 delegates who were bound to Mitt Romney. And so Mitt Romney's rules of 2012 will not be the rules that apply to the 2016 convention, which will be made largely of Trump and Cruz delegates.

And why would people want the Romney delegates' rules to apply to Cruz and Trump and Kasich? It doesn't make any sense. So the rules committee will come together. Those delegates will get on these committees, they'll review the rules, and the 2016 rules will apply to the 2016 conventions.


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