The Cleveland Republican National Convention got off to a rough start with many states petitioning for a vote for the delegates to have the right to “vote their conscience”(not for Trump). The event was perceived to be a sham to Republicans there who were screaming at one another, going so far as to leave after.
An array of states that Trump lost petitioned for a vote so as to be able to pick a candidate other than Trump. The number of states required was originally confusing, then some of the petitions were “claimed” to be invalid – which created a lot of chaos and anger, then some of the petitions were apparently withdrawn, although that’s also in dispute. Nothing short of general madness at a convention that lacks the presence of a host of Republicans, including previous presidents, none of whom are in attendance. No Bush’s, Romney’s, McCain’s, the list continues.
— POLITICO (@politico) July 18, 2016
Monday, Jul 18, 2016 · 1:39:03 PM PDT · Joan McCarter
After the initial uproar, the Colorado and Iowa delegations walking out, the chair left the podium for 5 or 10 minutes. Meanwhile, there was a lot of lobbying happening apparently. The Chair came back, declared that three of the 9 states that had petitioned for a roll call vote on the rules—their chance to basically “vote their conscience” on Trump—had withdrawn their petitions, and the minimum number of states is six. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah disputes that. He says he heard there are 10 or 11 states with petitions, so there should still be enough states to order the roll call.
Monday, Jul 18, 2016 · 1:41:32 PM PDT · Joan McCarter
Some confusion—all confusion!–in the rules. According to Roll Call, the threshold for forcing a roll call vote by the states is 7 states. So they’re starting out on a high note, here.
Monday, Jul 18, 2016 · 1:42:58 PM PDT · Joan McCarter
A number of reporters have commented on the fact that Reince Priebus was nowhere to be found during the kerfuffle.
Monday, Jul 18, 2016 · 1:51:38 PM PDT · Joan McCarter
Delegate from Virginia:
Personally witnessed 10 states for roll call vote. There was 1 additional. Chairman ignored all points of order, said 9 and 3 invalid.#lies
— Beau (@BeauCorrell) July 18, 2016