The floor of the Republican National Convention erupted into chaos Monday amid an attempt by the Never Trump forces to change the rules of the event.
With delegates erupting into dueling chants of “roll call vote” and “USA” on the floor, the chair has just forced a voice vote on the rules and they passed.
Each group shouted “aye” or “nay” and the chair selected what he thought was the loudest group.
This is despite anti-Trump efforts saying they had signatures to have a state-by-state roll call vote on the rules.
Delegates Unbound, which was hoping to let GOP delegates vote for whomever they choose, said today they have the support necessary to force a roll call vote on the rules package.
This would have been a minor, incremental step towards unbinding pledged delegates who are committed to voting for Donald Trump but would like to vote for another candidate. If this had step succeeded, delegates on the floor would have needed to reject the entire rules package passed by a rules committee earlier today, sending it back to the committee for reconsideration.
The up-or-down vote on the rules package coming late this afternoon is traditionally handled by voice only.
“Despite every obstacle thrown in our way, the movement of all the stakeholders involved in this effort have gained a majority of the delegates in 10 states,” Delegates Unbound co-founder M. Dane Waters said in a statement today. “Now we take this fight to the floor.”
According to Rule 39, a roll call vote may be called if a majority of at least seven states demands a vote on the floor.