Sen. Mike Lee Explains Trump-RNC Dirty Tricks to Squash Rules Floor Vote

Mike Lee at GOP Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016Mike Lee at GOP Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016

One of the oddest convention scenes in at least a generation occurred on the floor of the Republican National Convention on Monday when either ten or eleven (things are in such chaos that the number varies) states’ delegates voted to have a floor vote on the passage of convention rules.

A shell-shocked Senator Mike Lee , a respected constitutional conservative from Utah, said that he’d never seen what took place at a convention in his lifetime.

You can see the chaos and mayhem in the video below, in which a very unclear and garbled voice vote was declared in favor of passing of the convention rules, followed by what Lee calls an unprecedented vacancy of the chair after a roll call vote on rules, which is customary, was denied.

Delegate Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general and staunch conservative, led a shout of “Shame, Shame!” while Lee and others yelled “Point of Order!” to no avail. Trumpaloompas hollered “We Want Trump!” At one point it appears as though Mr. Cuccinelli’s microphone was cut.

A frustrated Cuccinelli at one point through down his credentials badge in frustration, shouting, “I’m just not going to do this anymore.”

Check out the mayhem below, followed by a brief interview of Mike Lee with CNN’s Dana Bash in which he explains the rules fight.

Supposedly, the RNC is claiming that they strongarmed three states into changing their vote, but as Lee notes, the RNC hasn’t even announced which states switched, so we don’t even know if it’s true.

It should be noted that Trump hired Soviet-linked Paul Manafort, the man who gave America Jimmy Carter via the 1976 convention in favor of RINO Gerald Ford over Ronald Reagan.

NOTE: Mike Lee’s reaction on the floor at the 3:30 mark of the first video below is a must watch:

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Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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