Monday, July 18, 2016

Trump, Establishment steamroll convention rules, shut out conservatives

With the tap of the gavel, more rules violated, more principle shut down...typical. And contrary to reports, this wasn't just about #NeverTrump, but about the whole power of the delegates and their party over the party bosses, as well as looking to the future. Instead of observing any of that, they once again rail against the grassroots. Let this serve as yet another reminder that constitutional conservatives have no party...
RedState: After several minutes of chaos Deputy Chair Steve Womack returned to the microphone and asked for a repeat of the voice vote on the rules committee report. He again states his opinion that the ayes have it. Chants of "ROLL CALL! ROLL CALL! ROLL CALL!" Womack then recognized the delegation from Utah, who requested a roll call vote. Womack stated that initially, 9 states had filed petitions, but three withdrew, leaving the motion under the 7 states required for a roll call vote. Therefore, he says, a roll call vote cannot happen. The convention has moved on to the platform committee consideration. It appears the rules challenge and the roll call vote is dead.

It's not clear at this point which three states allegedly withdrew their petitions for a roll call vote, or why. Additionally, the initial reports were that 11 states had filed petitions, not 9. Who knows what pressure was applied by Priebus and/or the Trump campaign to kill the roll call vote, but it appears for now to be well and truly dead.
Related links: WATCH: Reince Priebus Ignores Delegate Votes And Appoints Mitch McConnell Temporary Convention Chair
RNC – CHAOS In Cleveland. Chair IGNORES Successfully Filed Petition For Rules Committee Roll Call Vote (UPDATED)
BREAKING: The Ayes Have It? Not. VA Delegate Ken Cuccinelli TOSSES Credentials, Storms Out Of RNC (VIDEO)
RNC: Colorado Delegation Storms Out Of Convention Floor, Unclear If They Will Return
BREAKING: ‘Almost Physical’ Arm Twisting By Priebus And Trump Forces To Force States To Withdraw Roll Call Petition
Major Donor And Trump Victory Committee Member RESIGNS In Protest Over Denial Of Roll Call Vote
RNC Refuses To Release List Of Delegates/States Who (Allegedly) Withdrew Roll Call Petition
Republican Delegates Should Reject The Rules
An Open Letter to the Delegates
RNC Officials Are On the Floor Systematically Harassing Those Who Signed the Petition
Boo Trump
On Monday’s Mark Levin show, Reince Priebus and the Republican National Committee establishment figures silenced conservatives at the RNC convention to seize unprecedented power. The RNC shut down demands from delegates to call for a roll call vote on the adoption of the rules that empower the RNC establishment against conservatives and grassroots activists. We now have an alliance against grassroots, tea party conservatives and these delegates were not simply anti-Trump, as the main-stream media has been reporting. The establishment scored a major victory against conservatives and this victory comes at the expense of party unity. Not enough has been done to unite the Republican Party and conservative base. Sen Mike Lee calls in to talk about how the RNC shut down of conservatives desire to have a vote on the rules. Those who shut down the debate were calling for unity, but they ended up causing more division. The people running the convention need to apologize to the delegates.
CR: On Monday night’s radio program, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin blasted Reince Priebus and the Republican National Committee establishment figures who silenced conservatives today to seize “unprecedented power.”

“Reince Priebus working with Paul Manafort of the Trump team all came together, fought the conservatives, the tea-party grassroots conservatives on the rules committee,” Levin recounted. He then explained how the RNC shut down demands from delegates to call for a roll call vote on the adoption of the rules that empower the RNC establishment against conservatives and grassroots activists.



“We now have an alliance against grassroots, tea party conservatives,” Levin said. And these delegates were not simply anti-Trump, as the main-stream media has been reporting.

“You literally had hundreds of delegates,” Levin said, “who would vote down the rules not necessarily because they’re anti-Trump, although some would, but because they’re anti-Reince Priebus and what he’s doing!”

The establishment scored a major victory against conservatives. And this victory comes at the expense of party unity.

“I’m telling you,” Levin warned. “Not enough has been done to unite the Republican Party. Not enough has been done for the conservative base.”
The chance of turning the delegation towards reason was slim as is, but the RNC in conjunction with the Trump camp had to display its iron-fisted power regardless and show us all that everything has been predetermined. Not just the candidate, but every rule, every plank, it's all preset. They haven't given a damn about any semblance of independent thinking in an open, honest forum since the beginning, particularly as it pertains to those principled concerns of conservatives. They continue to despise the base in their quest to rebrand, and in their success they have fundamentally transformed the party, not uniting, but further dividing. The old phrase 'can't win for losing' comes to mind yet again.

Related links: Something doesn't feel right about the GOP Convention [VIDEO]
Conservatives BLAST lack of rule and order at RNC Convention
RNC pulling out all stops to stop delegate revolt
‘I know what I heard – the ‘Ayes’ did NOT HAVE IT!!’ – Smerconish says RNC LIED about vote
WATCH: Mike Lee RESPONDS to roll call vote being denied by RNC
‘The RNC is VIOLATING its OWN RULES!’ – Cuccinelli BLASTS GOP for disenfranchising opposition
Trump supporters should be thanking Senator Mike Lee and Ken Cuccinelli
Mark Levin TEARS Reince Priebus A New One For His Power Grab
Mark Levin SLAMS Reince Priebus for trying to retain UNPRECEDENTED power as RNC chairman
Alaska Delegate Spills The Beans On How The RNC Denied The Roll Call Petition

ADDENDUM: Wow...

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