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    Republican officials approve convention rules, triggering uproar

    Republican officials approve convention rules, triggering uproar

    Published July 18, 2016

    CLEVELAND – Republican officials on Monday hastily adopted convention rules by voice vote, setting off an unruly protest on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

    The rules were adopted -- in two voice votes -- over objections from anti-Donald Trump delegates, shouting “roll call vote" in a dramatic showdown that effectively ended the Never Trump movement.

    Those delegates were hoping for a state-by-state vote on the rules that bind delegates to back Trump.

    The Trump camp was said to be "livid" at the revived push.

    "This is a big headache," one official told Fox News.

    The group of Republicans had been working to upend convention proceedings by taking their objection of the presumptive GOP nominee to the convention floor.

    The group claimed to have the signatures from a majority of at least eight state delegations, which could technically allow them to file a report challenging the convention rules or other decisions.

    Their focus is specifically on the delegate rules.

    “Despite every obstacle thrown in our way, the movement of all the stakeholders involved in this effort have gained a majority of the delegates in 10 states,” M. Dane Waters, co-founder of Delegates Unbound said in a written statement. “Now we take this fight to the floor.”

    But the effort was shot down on the convention floor late Monday afternoon.

    The group wanted to change a rule that requires delegates to vote for the candidate they were committed to by the primaries and caucuses. Under current party rules, Trump’s nomination is essentially secured since he’s accumulated more than the 1,237 delegates required to win.

    While Trump wasn't in danger of losing the delegates he needs to get nominated, the stamina of the anti-Trump movement is an embarrassing setback for the presumptive nominee.

    Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager, downplayed the events Monday morning during a press briefing with reporters.

    “We don’t expect anything to come out of the rules committee,” Manafort said.

    At a separate event he said, “It’s not a movement. It’s some rogue, recalcitrant delegates.”

    Late Sunday, 14 insurgent members of the convention rules committee emailed their fellow GOP delegates asking them to oppose the rules that the panel approved, saying the proposals included "abuses of power."

    Other delegates have threatened to walk out if the rules aren’t changed. If a major walkout happens and there are scores of empty seats in the arena, it would signify that the party is fractured.

    "We won't sit around and coronate a king," said Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh, who like many insurgents has backed vanquished presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

    The convention's rules committee earlier had defeated the dissidents seeking to make the changes late last week, thanks to an alliance between the Trump campaign and RNC leaders on that panel. For a short time, it seemed to sideline the movement.

    Manafort has said there is no longer a viable "stop Trump" movement, only some "malcontents" who don't represent the broader Republican Party.

    Despite the tension, Manafort insists that the GOP is not showing signs of strain but instead is coming together in a show of party unity.

    “Ninety-four to 95 percent have come together,” Manafort said.

    Still, high profile Republicans have decided to skip the convention – as well as withhold their endorsement of the New York real estate mogul.

    Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush said they would not attend the Cleveland convention – which seemed fine with Manafort.

    “They are part of the past,” Manafort said. “We think that the unification is happening and we hope that when the Bush family decides to participate again in the political process, that they will join us. We would welcome them handily. We’ve reached out to them but healing takes time.”

    Manafort called Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s decision not to speak at the event “a difficult situation.”

    “It’s a difficult situation when the home state governor doesn’t participate in the convention process … We invited him. We wanted him to participate, he chose not to. We think that's the wrong decision. There were no conditions put on him.”


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    The "STOP TRUMP" effort is a treasonous attempt to over-ride through shenanigans the will of the voters who elected Donald Trump our party's nominee. To all of you losers, we are a Republic, with free elections, where voters decide who our President will be, starting with elections that choose the Republican candidate. There's nothing for you to do at this Convention except clap, shout USA, yell We Want Trump, and get on board to win this election in November.

    Not a one of you yahoos have a conscience to begin with, because if you did, you would already know what I've just told you. But you don't have a conscience, you're all political sociopaths soaked and dripping in your own self-interest slime and a disgrace to the Republican Party and the United States.
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