The Never Trumpers made what is hopefully their last stand on Monday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena when an effort on behalf of Ted Cruz surrogates to force a roll call vote went down to defeat and an ugly loss at that. There will be plenty of raw feelings to go around after RNC leadership quickly crushed the uprising and avoided what would have been a media spectacle that Democrats could have ruthlessly exploited. The attempted coup was well organized and initially appeared to have enough support to have gotten their way but went down faster than a two-dollar crack whore once the adults intervened.
As reported by Politico “Chaos erupts on GOP convention floor after voice vote shuts down Never Trump forces”:
Chaos broke out at the Republican National Convention Monday after Republican leaders successfully blocked a recorded roll call vote on the convention rules.
Critics of Donald Trump had attempted to force a roll call vote by all 2,472 of the convention delegates on the proposed rules, which were written last week by a convention committee.
The groups objected to the proposed rules because they require pledged delegates to vote in accordance with the results of their state’s primaries and caucuses — a structure that virtually guarantees Trump will claim the party’s presidential nomination.
The “never Trump” movement delegates believed they had the signatures they needed to force the recorded vote. Earlier Monday, they’d submitted to the convention secretary what they said were signatures from a majority of delegates from 9 different states or territories: Colorado, Washington state, Utah, Minnesota, Wyoming, Maine, Iowa, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Majorities from 7 states or territories were thought to be enough to force the roll-call vote. But after a voice vote on the convention rules, the presiding official — Rep. Steve Womack — declared the rules approved and attempted to move on.
Chaos erupted on the convention floor, with Trump critics screaming for a recorded vote while Trump supporters chanted “U-S-A” and pro-Trump slogans. Womack left the stage.
Moments later, he returned to call for a second voice vote, after which he again declared the ‘ayes’ had won and the rules had been approved.
Womack then said that three states had withdrawn their support for the roll call vote, leaving the Trump critics short of the signatures they needed to force the vote. The convention then moved on to approve the party’s official platform.
An operative with knowledge of the RNC leadership said they got delegates to withdraw their signatures, saying several delegates had told them that they hadn’t understood what they were signing onto.
Tricky Ted’s loyal sidekick Mike Lee – who is having to defend his Senate seat against a transvestite – was apoplectic as he squealed in outrage that “It’s coercion masking as unity” and by all indications will continue his subterfuge to undermine Trump.
“You will see more insurgency, because, and I have nothing to do with the fact that people now know that their voices were squelched,” said Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh, the founder of the Free the Delegates movement, in a live interview on C-SPAN where she accused party leadership of using “strong-armed tactics.”
Unruh continued, “I mean, this is just part of what you don’t want to do in a fair process, is you don’t want to make sure you use every scenario in order to quell dissent. And I mean, we don’t live in a dictatorship, we don’t live in a banana republic.”
Then in a show of good sportsmanship and party unity she and the rest of the Colorado delegation cut and ran:
Hopefully she didn’t let the door hit her in the ass on the way out but somehow one gets the feeling that this isn’t over yet.