Of course, that's not their stated reason for skipping out. No, they have a variety of excuses: They're too busy running their own campaigns, they'd rather watch on television, or they have previous engagements scheduled (like Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who apparently has to mow his lawn for the entire four-day political extravaganza).
Some didn't even bother with an excuse, like Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. Neither of the living Republican former presidents — George W. Bush, nor his father, George H.W. Bush — will attend. And Jeb Bush, who was once thought to be the 2016 front-runner, certainly won't be asking any of his supporters to "please clap" for Trump.
The 2012 Republican nominee (that was just four years ago!) won't even attend the convention. Mitt Romney, who called Trump a "phony" and a "fraud," whose promises are "worthless," a few months ago, will stay far away from Cleveland this month.
In the video above, we recap some of the most tortured excuses.