Glenn Beck: If Trump Wins The 1,237 Or Wins In The First, Second, or Third Ballot, Nomination Must Go To Him

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Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd challenges The Blaze founder Glenn Beck on the possibility Ted Cruz or Donald Trump go into a contested convention and neither one is chosen as the Republican party's presidential nominee.

"If the G.O.P. doesn't find its principles, this isn't about a candidate coming up with some utopian future for us. This is really about finding our principles. And if they don't find their principles, the G.O.P. is going to be over. And disenfranchising people who have worked hard and gone out and campaigned for some of these people, I think would be a really bad mistake," Beck said.

Beck said while he is a #NeverTrump guy, selecting a nominee who is not Cruz or Trump would "disenfranchise" the voter. Beck told Todd while Trump is not his candidate, if he "is picked with fair play" he would accept it.

"I think a Trump nomination would be disastrous," Beck said Sunday. "With that being said, you can't disenfranchise people. If Trump wins the 1,237 or wins in the first, second, third ballot, it must go to him. And it can't go to dirty politics. You can't continue to disenfranchise people. I will never vote for Donald Trump. But if he's the guy that is picked with fair play, that's fine."

CHUCK TODD: Do you think Paul Ryan is running? I want to play a quick clip for our viewers of a video he put out on Friday. Take a listen.

(BEGIN TAPE)

PAUL RYAN: What really bothers me the most of politics these days is this notion of identity politics, that we are going to win an election by dividing people, rather than inspiring people on our common humanity and our common ideals and our common culture on the things that should unify us. We want people to reach their potential in their lives. Now liberals and conservatives are going to disagree with one another on that. No problem. That's what this is all about. So let's have a battle of ideas.

(END TAPE)

CHUCK TODD: That could have easily been a general election ad for the Republican nominee. And that came from Speaker.gov. Do you think he is running an underground campaign?

GLENN BECK: I don't know. I would like to take him at his word, but I don't take anybody really in Washington at their word anymore. I don't know what that ad is about. But again, if the G.O.P. doesn't find its principles, this isn't about a candidate coming up with some utopian future for us. This is really about finding our principles. And if they don't find their principles, the G.O.P. is going to be over. And disenfranchising people who have worked hard and gone out and campaigned for some of these people, I think would be a really bad mistake.

CHUCK TODD: You were pretty aggressively on the "Never Trump" bandwagon. But under this circumstance, it sounds like you would prefer a Trump nomination if it's not Cruz over anybody else?

GLENN BECK: No, no, no. I think a Trump nomination would be, I am a "Never Trump" guy.

CHUCK TODD: Okay.

GLENN BECK: I think a Trump nomination would be disastrous. With that being said, you can't disenfranchise people. If Trump wins the 1,237 or wins in the first, second, third ballot, it must go to him. And it can't go to dirty politics. You can't continue to disenfranchise people. I will never vote for Donald Trump. But if he's the guy that is picked with fair play, that's fine. But you have Reince Priebus saying that it will be somebody who is running right now. Okay, let's take the G.O.P. chair at his word. It's got to be somebody who's running.

CHUCK TODD: Does that mean you'll support a third-party bid and will you actively try to get others to support a third-party bid if Trump's the nominee?

GLENN BECK: I just don't think this is going to happen. And I haven't decided on what I would do. I know I will not vote for Trump. And I would probably go and just look for the strongest people in the House and the Senate that would keep Hillary Clinton at bay. Because Trump is not going to win the general. If you look at the polls, Todd, and you know this, no matter what you say, you look at the polls, Hillary Clinton wins every time with Donald Trump.

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