Grassroots conservatives who opposed the rules passed last week by the Republican National Committee rules committee had the signatures needed have a floor vote on the rules during the first day of the convention, but that was thwarted by the Republican National Committee leadership.
Chaos broke out at the Republican National Convention after Republican leaders blocked a full floor vote on the convention rules.
Critics of Donald Trump had attempted to force the vote and submitted the signatures they believed were necessary to do so, but after holding a voice vote on the rules, Rep. Steve Womack declared the rules approved and moved on.
Womack left the stage amid an uproar, only to return to the stage moments later for a second voice vote. He again declared that the ‘ayes’ had won, again to protests from the crowd.
Forcing a roll call vote requires support from the majorities of seven delegations. Anti-Trump delegates submitted what they said were a majority of signatures from at least 9: Colorado, Washington state, Utah, Minnesota, Wyoming, Maine, Iowa, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The also claimed that Alaska had provided signatures as well.
But Womack, after the second quote, claimed three states had withdrawn, against blocking a roll call vote.
This is bogus, name the three states that withdrew. They should have done a roll call vote period.
Some pertinent tweets.
Contrary to the reporting Iowa's delegation did not walk off the floor
— Jeff Kaufmann (@kaufmannGOP) July 18, 2016
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 Correll (@BeauCorrell) July 18, 2016
— KSwa50 (@KSwa50) July 18, 2016
— Alice Ollstein (@AliceOllstein) July 18, 2016
— Taylor Batten (@tbatten1) July 18, 2016
— Mike (@TheWetBandits19) July 18, 2016
— Ballotpedia (@ballotpedia) July 18, 2016
The Colorado delegation has apparently walked out in protest. That’s Colorado, one of the most important general election states.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) July 18, 2016
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) July 18, 2016
— Justin Green (@JGreenDC) July 18, 2016
Should've been a roll call vote on the rules. For everyone's sake. #RNCinCLE
— Ali A. Akbar (@ali) July 18, 2016
— Right Scoop (@trscoop) July 18, 2016
"This is not over," Kendal Unruh, CO delegate leading anti-Trump movement, just said on C-SPAN. "You will see more insurgency." #RNCinCLE
— Brian M. Rosenthal (@brianmrosenthal) July 18, 2016