Millions of Republican voters have turned out to support Donald Trump.

And while he has won the most votes, states, and delegates, he could still enter the Republican convention short of the 1,237 delegates necessary to win the GOP nomination, causing a contested convention.

In the hopes of a brokered convention, the GOP establishment is hatching a plan to swindle Trump out of the nomination and hand it to an establishment-approved candidate.

Currently, the rules adopted at the 2012 convention require a candidate to possess a majority of delegates in 8 states in order to have their name placed in the nomination.

And the vast majority of delegates are bound to the candidate on the first ballot.

The GOP establishment is plotting to manipulate both of these rules in order to increase the likelihood a candidate of their choosing will take the nomination.

Politico reports:

“An all-out internal power struggle has erupted at the Republican National Committee, just days before a critical party gathering in Florida, as the head of the RNC’s powerful rules committee has accused his own party leadership of a “major breach of trust” in trying to block a rule change that he said would make it harder to reopen the GOP nomination fight at a contested convention this summer.

 At issue: a controversial proposal that would drastically alter how the convention would function, changing the underlying rule book for proceedings — and potentially affecting whether party insiders could draft a so-called white knight at a deadlocked convention.

Rules Committee Chairman Bruce Ash criticized RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and his allies in an email Saturday to his panel, accusing them of working to scuttle the proposal and prevent it from getting a hearing at this week’s RNC spring meeting in Hollywood Beach, Florida.

 The proposal in question would switch the rule book governing the convention from the rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, which have been used at Republican national conventions for decades, to Robert’s Rules of Order, which is common in civic and organizational meetings.”

 The GOP establishment is hunting around for a more “electable” candidate.

But in Washington speak, “electable” means “predictable”.

Their dream candidate supports amnesty, global trade deals, and foreign wars.

Donald Trump rose to the top of the GOP delegate lead with his opposition to all three of those positions.

So the campaign to swindle the nomination began in earnest the moment Trump started winning primaries and caucuses.

The hope for the establishment is to nominate Paul Ryan on a second or third ballot.

Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell – one of the leaders in the GOP establishment – recently boasted of his confidence in multiple ballots at the convention.

WHAS in Kentucky reports:

During a one-on-one interview with WHAS11 Political Editor Chris Williams, Kentucky’s Senior Senator said he is feeling increasingly confident that the Republican Presidential Nominee will be decided by at least a second ballot when the GOP convenes to determine who will head their ticket.

“It is important for everyone to understand that the convention rules will require you to get 1,237 delegate votes and until one gets to 1,237 they will not be the nominee,” McConnell said.

The second ballot would allow a large number of delegates to vote for a candidate of their choice – and the Republican establishment is working hard to make sure that it is not Donald Trump.

Politico also reports on the discord within the GOP rules committee over RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and his allies squashing a proposal making it difficult for party elites to force their chosen candidate at the convention:

“In Ash’s view, the change would have a profound impact on how the convention is run, potentially making it harder for insiders to push through a white knight candidate. In the email, Ash bluntly accused Priebus and his allies of trying to quash the proposal because it could make it harder to reopen the nomination process for a candidate who isn’t currently running.”

Will Donald Trump win the 1,237 delegates necessary to secure the GOP nomination on the first ballot?

Or will the establishment’s plots rob him of the nomination?

Let us know what you think in the comment section.