Politics

GOP Leaders Crush Effort To Derail Trump’s Presidential Nomination

Anti-Trump delegates bet their remaining chips on getting the Republican National Convention to adopt a rule freeing them from having to support the presumptive nominee. State and national party officials dealt them a humiliating defeat.

A last-ditch effort by conservatives to derail Donald Trump's presidential nomination has suffered a crushing blow. A committee at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland rejected their push to let delegates support the candidate of their choice.

Anti-Trump delegates waged a messy battle over convention rules throughout the day Thursday. Their hope was to get the rules committee to release delegates from having to vote for a candidate they oppose.

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

"Basically, it went down in flames," says Texas Republican National Committeewoman Toni Anne Dashiell.

The 112-member panel overwhelmingly rejected the measure when it came up for a voice vote late last night. National and state GOP officials, including Dashiell, aligned with Trump backers against the insurgents. "They needed 28 [votes] to even get a minority report, and that just didn't happen," Dashiell says.

Anti-Trump delegates in the audience included a contingent from Texas. James Dickey is a delegate from Texas Congressional District 25, stretching from Austin to Fort Worth.

"I think it's ironic that Donald Trump, who claims to be an outsider, is working hand-in-glove with the RNC [Republican National Committee] to work this process," Dickey says. "And the people who support him, who want an outsider and want somebody who'll shake it up, I don't think they realize that."

It's uncertain whether the revolt's backers can gather enough support to force the full convention to revisit the proposal when it convenes on Monday.

Subscribe to Today in Houston

Fill out the form below to subscribe our new daily editorial newsletter from the HPM Newsroom.

* required

Share

Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

More Information