"As we carefully consider not only the presidential nominee but the rules of the convention, the platform of the Republican Party and the vice presidential nominee, remember that this is true reality TV — it is not entertainment," Regina Thomson, co-founder of the group now calling itself Free the Delegates, told The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe on Sunday night.
Here's the thing that this whole movement overlooks: Republican primary voters picked Trump. They wanted and want him as their nominee.
A few facts:
* Trump won 13.3 million votes. Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) finished second, with 7.6 million. That's a 5.6 million-vote edge for Trump.
* Trump won 1,542 pledged delegates out of the 2,472 available in the primaries and caucuses. That's 62 percent of all the delegates. Again, Cruz was second, with 559 delegates, or 22.6 percent of all the available delegates.
* Trump won races all over the country. He won Florida. He won New Hampshire. He won Indiana. He won Arizona. (And those are just the states that were hotly contested by his Republican primary opponents.) Trump won lots of states -- New York, for one -- where his rivals simply gave up.
* Trump won early in the primary process and late in the primary process. He won the second vote in New Hampshire and finished on a 16-state winning streak that spanned from May 3 in Indiana to June 7 in California.
* Trump weathered tens of millions of dollars' worth of negative ads from a variety of candidates and super PACs -- particularly as the primary race wore on. Didn't matter.
What those data points make clear is that the more than 13 million people who voted for Trump knew exactly what they were getting. They were not sold a bill of goods on Trump. He presented himself exactly as he is and they loved every minute of it. Even when millions of dollars were spent telling an alternative -- and much less appealing -- Trump story, he kept winning. In fact, he won bigger!
There were always pockets of resistance to the idea of Trump as the nominee. Just as there are now with the attempt to take the nomination from him. But the reality then is the same as the reality now: The Trump resistance simply isn't as large or as organized as the Trump supporters. (Sidebar: Getting people to vote against Trump at the convention would be a whole heck of a lot easier if there were an alternative people could vote for. There isn't.)
All of the 'Dump Trump' movements have failed for a very simple reason: The rank-and-file Republican voters wanted (and want) him. That may confound some within the party and make others mad. But it's the reality. And it's time to acknowledge that Republican voters are the ones who get to decide the nominee. And they made their choice clear long ago.