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Watching the machinations of the GOP nomination

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., March 14, 2016. Credit: AP

Machinations of

the GOP nomination

According to Republican Party rules, 1,237 is the number of delegates required to gain the Republican nomination for president [“5 things to watch,” News, March 15].

Donald Trump has called this an “artificial” number. No, it is, in fact, equal to a majority of the delegates who will attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and, in a democracy, majorities matter.

Trump is saying that whichever candidate comes to the convention with the most delegates, even if it is fewer than 1,237, should be the nominee. That would mean that if a candidate is, for example, 200 votes shy of the majority, then he should still, nevertheless, receive the nomination.

But that is like saying that if a ball on the green in a game of golf is two feet from the pin, then it should be considered a sunk putt. If that is the case, then in this otherwise unusual and unpredictable primary season, one thing is very clear: Now we know why Trump’s golf courses are so popular.

Chuck Cutolo, Westbury


The establishment candidates, party bosses and many of the GOP party faithful are reported to have said Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency, calling him a con artist, a phony and a fraud [“GOP is looking to stop Trump,” News, March 3].

I’m 84 years old and have watched politicians and their parties for at least six decades. It appears to me that those charges are the very prerequisites that would qualify him to be the star of either party.

Since they are trying to get rid of him, I have to conclude that they have someone else in mind who is a con artist, a phony, a fraud and more.

Jim Gallagher, Ronkonkoma