Never Trump delegates at the Republican National Convention are chanting to protest the RNC’s suppression of a roll call vote on convention rules for ‘bound’ delegates, who are forced to vote in line with how their state voted in the primaries. The Never Trump delegates had turned in a petition earlier today to the convention secretary with enough signatures to force the vote. They hoped to free delegates who loath presumptive nominee Donald Trump, but have no choice but to vote for him at the official nomination process on Tuesday.
When we last reported, the convention secretary was working to convince petition signatories to un-sign the petition, desperate to avoid a humiliating display of how much contempt many delegate hold for Trump. Before any news came of delegates retracting their signatures, Rep. Steve Womack got on stage to chair a vote on the rules.
Womack chaired a voice vote, where delegates simply shout ‘aye’ or ‘nay,’ on whether the RNC would accept the rules as they currently stand. After the aye’s and the nay’s had been heard, he immediately declared that the rules had been approved, and said that the delegates of three states had un-signed the petition. The floor erupted into chaos, with chants and shouts demanding adherence to the RNC’s typical voting procedures.
Utah senator Mike Lee decried the sleazy move, saying, “I have never in all my life, certainly in six years in the United States Senate, prior to that as a lifelong Republican, never seen anything like this. There is no precedent for this in parliamentary procedure. There is no precedent for this in the rules of the Republican National Convention. We are now in uncharted territory. Somebody owes us an explanation. I have never seen the chair abandoned like that. They vacated the stage entirely.”
The Never Trumpers did not get a chance to make their big statement, by showing how many delegates refuse to accept Trump as the Republican nominee. However, the lack of procedure, chanting, and the chair fleeing the stage all go a long ways to show how divided the Republican party is. Trump has thrown it into chaos, and it looks unlikely that they will recover by the general election in November.
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Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.