In a brief period of excitement (especially for completely unbiased John Harwood), Republican factions trying to stop Donald Trump's nomination noisily disrupted a vote on party convention rules. But, as The Hill reports, the Republican National Committee ignored the outcry from the angry delegates and adopted the convention's rules by a voice vote, rebuffing shouts by those looking to mount a last-ditch effort to sink Donald Trump.
As Bloomberg reports,
Delegates from Colorado were seen walking out of the convention hall, and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was spotted angrily throwing his convention credentials to the floor.
The disruption Monday on the first day of the convention was the first sign of fracturing within the party ahead of the presumptive Republican nominee's appearance in the hall Monday night to introduce his wife, Melania.
Former Senator Gordon Humphrey says he filed requisite signatures from nine delegations to force roll-call vote on Rules. Humphrey, a New Hampshire delegate, said he's not confident RNC staff has "courage" or "independence" to "stand up" to pressure from Trump organization to disallow or ignore petitions.
Humphrey, who opposes Trump's nomination, called the presumptive nominee's supporters "brown shirts" during an interview with MSNBC.
"They act like fascists," Humphrey, who represented New Hampshire for two terms in the U.S. Senate, said.
Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, said he could not fathom the decision by the convention organizers in an interview with CNN.
“If what they want is unity, treat us respectfully as delegates," Lee said. He called the incident "surreal."
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In the end, the rules were adopted by voice vote shortly after 4 p.m., then after frantic protests, a second voice vote was taken as Trump opponents shouted repeatedly for a roll call vote.
But, the convention chairman then said there were not enough signatures to force the roll call.
And with that, the hopes of the anti-Trump dissidents were dashed.
FOX reports the Trump camp is said to be "livid" at the revived push.