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The chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party is threatening to use armed state law enforcement agents to forcibly remove Donald Trump and [score]Ted Cruz[/score] supporters at the next round of delegate elections.
Breitbart News has obtained text messages sent by state party chairman Joe Nosef to Trump campaign official Mitch Tyner threatening the use of force ahead of Saturday’s elections for state-level delegates in Mississippi. Nosef says that he is merely ensuring “safety.”
Most of the state party establishment figures have already backed Ohio [score]John Kasich[/score]. Even though Trump won the Mississippi primary by eleven points, the party is still looking to control the delegate slates in the event of a second ballot in Cleveland. If the Trump or Cruz camps try to put up new delegate candidates that haven’t been vetted by the party, the party is prepared to use officers with “a gun and a badge” to remove them.
Trump official Tyner confirms the authenticity of the text messages he received. Tyner said that when he met with Nosef recently, Nosef referred to using the Highway Patrol to monitor Saturday’s caucuses. The Highway Patrol was deployed four years ago to monitor a congressional district caucus in which now former Rep. Ron Paul was poised to defeat Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The Highway Patrol serves at the will of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican who endorsed Ted Cruz. State party insiders are unsure whether Bryant is really supporting Cruz or just trying to use him to keep Trump below 1,237 delegates so the Republican Establishment can launch a “White Knight” candidate on the second ballot.
Nosef says in the text messages that he is “representing a governor” and warns Tyner:
The bottom line is I told you this can happen one of two ways either we work together and include people that we trust and also happen to be Trump and Cruz supporters or we just put whoever we want to on there have a big fight and end up in the contest committee in Cleveland. And like I told you I can promise my cousin and anybody else if they even so much as raise their voice they’re going to be outside in the parking lot and they won’t be back in and no I won’t be removing them somebody with a gun and a badge will be.