Republican delegates say they have been receiving death threats from angry Donald Trump supporters after the GOP presidential frontrunner won zero delegates in Colorado at the state’s convention two weeks ago.
Trump lashed out at the Republican National Committee and claimed the nomination process was “rigged.”
Steve House, the Colorado GOP chairman, said he was receiving thousands of threatening phone calls, some of which have been referred to police, according to Politico.
House said an angry Trump supporter called his cellphone and told him to put a gun down his throat and pull the trigger.
“He said, ‘I’ll call back in two minutes, and if you’re still there, I’ll come over and help you,’” House recalled.
Many Republican officials echoed similar complaints at the Republican National Committee’s quarterly meetings in Florida this week.
One party chairman said a Trump supporter recently confronted him and promised “bloodshed” if his candidate does not win the GOP presidential nomination.
An Indiana delegate who criticized the billionaire businessman received a note warning against “traditional burial.”
Another delegate from Indiana said he was nervous about leaving the Republican National Convention in July after a potential Trump loss.
“That’s where there’s the greatest prospect for danger,” said Craig Dunn, a delegate who supports John Kasich. “I don’t see myself walking outside the convention with a Kasich badge.”
The threats come months ahead of a possible contested convention, where Trump could enter with a plurality of delegates voting for him on the first ballot, but could lose support on subsequent ballots as the rules allow them to vote for other candidates.
Many party leaders say the bombastic frontrunner is partly to blame for the violence surrounding his campaign, viewing the intimidation as a natural reaction to his inflammatory rhetoric.
Many of Trump’s campaign rallies have been the scene of chaos and sometimes violent clashes between supporters and protesters.