• May 27, 2024

Chaos Breaks Out On Convention Floor After Vote Shuts Down Never Trump Forces

Cleveland — Chaos broke out at the Republican National Convention Monday after Republican leaders successfully blocked a full floor vote on the convention rules.

Critics of Donald Trump had attempted to force a roll call vote of 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 rules because they required 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 full 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.” 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Womack then said that three states had withdrawn their support for the roll call vote, leaving the Trump critics short of the signatures they needed to force the vote.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.

Critics blasted the moves to block the roll call vote.

“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,” said Utah Sen. Mike Lee, one of the most prominent signatories to the push for a roll call vote. “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.”

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