The lede from Jonathan Swan of The Hill might describe (ahem!) merely one small facet of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland―
A top donor raising money for Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee says he has resigned in disgust after the party muscled through a vote on the convention floor that squashed the “Free the Delegates” movement.
―but still, it seems significant of, well, at the very least, something. And maybe that sounds vague, but this is the conundrum:
Gary Emineth, the former North Dakota GOP chairman who joined the Trump-RNC joint finance committee earlier month, says he was disgusted by the floor vote and immediately texted his resignation to Priebus.
Emineth says he’s furious the campaign and RNC worked in tandem to keep delegates from voting their conscience.
“I was on the Trump finance committee and I just resigned because that bully tactic is absurd,” Emineth said. “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.”
Part of this sounds all too familiar. ‘Tis true, the whole vote was an interesting glimpse into how the GOP handles important procedural issues, but neither is it anything we haven’t seen before even in state legislatures and Congress.
But at the same time, a bunch of Republicans complaining about procedure and blithering about Nazis and working themselves apoplectic isn’t really anything new.
In other words, the Donald Trump Convention all sounds right about on schedule.
Image notes: Top ― Donald Trump speaks to South Carolina voters in North Charleston, 19 February 2016. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Left ― Detail of This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow, via Daily Kos, 18 July 2016.
Easley, Jonathan. “Trump fundraiser resigns in anger after floor eruption”. The Hill. 18 July 2016.
Matthews, Dylan. “An ex-senator called Trump backers ‘brownshirts,’ in case you wondered how the RNC’s going”. Vox. 18 July 2016.
NBC News. “Protests Erupt Over Rules, Chair Rules Against Roll Call Vote”. NBCNews.com. 18 July 2016.