Donald Trump’s first day of his Republican National Convention played out pretty much like every day of his presidential campaign – complete mayhem and chaos.
Things went downhill when delegates with the #NeverTrump movement demanded a roll call vote on the rules so that a conscience clause would be included, allowing them the freedom (and dignity) of not choosing Trump despite not having another option.
Unfortunately, their request was shot down, and that’s when chaos broke out. The Colorado delegation was so upset that their request had been denied that they walked right off the convention floor. And there’s more – following this disaster, top fundraiser Gary Emineth, the former North Dakota GOP chairman, was so annoyed that the Trump campaign and RNC were trying to force delegates to vote against their conscience that he texted his resignation to Priebus right then and there. Emineth said:
I was on the Trump finance committee and I just resigned because that bully tactic is absurd. I just texted them right now. Why can’t the people be heard? I’ve been texting Reince for 10 minutes. He said we didn’t have the votes. We had 10, 11 states. They peeled people back. They were calling delegations asking people to step off the committee. You don’t do this in America. You do this in other countries.
If that’s how they’re doing the Republican Party, they can have it. It’s a joke.
In an interview with MSNBC, Trump campaign advisor Paul Manafort addressed the incident with Chuck Todd and completely downplayed the severity of what had happened. Manafort was in a clear amount of denial that what had happened “wasn’t a rebellion” and that it was nothing personal against Trump – which is a downright lie. Stating that a roll call vote would have been too “complicated as far as our schedule’s concerned,” Manafort tried to justify the use of a voice vote instead and completely ignored the fact that this incident had made a disastrous domino effect happen for the Trump campaign. Trump not only lost delegates but precious fundraising money that his failing campaign desperately needed.
Todd tried to ask Manafort if he was been afraid that Trump would have lost delegates if it had been a roll call vote, and Manafort continued to lie through his teeth and deny it. He said, “We probably would have had 2000 to 2100 delegates if there was a roll call.”
You can watch Manafort struggle to pretend like everything is fine below:
Manafort had also addressed this issue on CNN, where he called the demand for a roll call vote a “meaningless gesture.”
Manafort has previously called the RNC “The ultimate reality show” – and it’s certainly living up to its name. Earlier today, Manafort even suggested that he was hoping some violence would break out at the RNC because “Frankly, that impact will probably help the campaign.” Trump has definitely succeeded in getting people just as hateful, untrustworthy and moronic as he is to work with him on his campaign, and it’s obvious that Manafort has fully embraced the campaign’s tone.
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