Former NC justice: Trump would be 'danger to the country'

Posted July 18
Updated July 19

— Before speeches began Monday night at the Republican National Convention, some political drama played out on the convention floor as a rules vote didn’t go the right way for delegates hoping to vote against presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The incident showed the division in the GOP, but as leaders insisted they can unite the party, at least one North Carolina delegate said he can’t support Trump.

When the rules chaos erupted, North Carolina delegates were caught in the middle.

“I felt it was out of place and should not have been. I think Donald Trump has proven that he has gotten the nomination,” said state Rep. Pat Hurley, R-Randolph.

Most in the delegation want to unite and move forward for Trump, but some still protested the roll call shutdown from the podium.

“I cannot vote for Trump, either for the nomination or in November,” said delegate and former North Carolina Supreme Court justice Bob Orr. “I think he’s singularly unqualified to lead this country.”

Orr, who supports Ohio Gov. John Kasich, wasn’t even on the floor for the rules fight, but his mind was already made up against Trump. He cites what he calls irresponsible talk about everyone from judges to lawmakers for reinforcing the decision.

“He’s someone who would be a danger to the country,” Orr said.

“In a perfect world, as chairman of the party, I would love to have 100 percent support for the nominee, Donald Trump. I know that’s not going to happen,” said Robin Hayes, chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.

Hayes said he will continue to try to unite the party while Orr said he’s not sure who he will vote for in November, of if he will even vote at all.

Roll call is set for Tuesday night as Trump’s name will be read into nomination.


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  • Jason Herzog Jul 21, 12:40 a.m.
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    VERN BARNETT--Dang dude! What "county" are you in? IDK, maybe try calling the cops or something if the ILLEGALS are that bad there. I'd probably talk to all the local farmers they work for before you go kicking them out b/c they might disagree with you on that one.

    I have an even better question for you. How did we ever get to a point where ILLEGALS are responsible for putting food on our tables? I worked in the fields many summers when I was growing up and even in my early 20's. There's approximately 11 million ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS in the US. Can you imagine what the unemployment % would be if those 11 million weren't here and legal US citizens were employed doing those jobs. Instead we have allowed able body and minded folks to sit home and live without working.

  • Vern Barnett Jul 19, 8:40 p.m.
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    Oh, Because I despise trump and everything he stands for I'm automatically a Hillary fan?
    It would fit your narrative and help you validate your hate, but unfortunately I am not a fan her. Sorry

    Dang dude! What "county" are you in? IDK, maybe try calling the cops or something if the ILLEGALS are that bad there. I'd probably talk to all the local farmers they work for before you go kicking them out b/c they might disagree with you on that one.

  • George Herbert Jul 19, 4:24 p.m.
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    It's too bad more Republicans don't have common sense like Justice Orr.

  • Vern Barnett Jul 19, 2:59 p.m.
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    This story has absolutely nothing to do with Hillary Clinton. Lol

    PS. She isn't going to have delegates from her own party walking out because they have to vote for her. Big difference anyways.

  • Shandy Scott Jul 19, 2:28 p.m.
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    And for some reason lying Hillary would not be a danger!!!!

  • Jacqueline Cofield Jul 19, 1:16 p.m.
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    Why do one have to support someone they dont believe in just because of their affiliation. Lets be honest many of the Republican delegates did not want Trump to win the nomination for President.

  • Jacqueline Cofield Jul 19, 1:09 p.m.
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    No he said what he meant to say..Trump is a danger to all.

  • Vern Barnett Jul 19, 12:20 p.m.
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    There's many others that see him as a man who stood up for the principles of the Republican party that Trump's policies obviously do not align with.

  • Vern Barnett Jul 19, 11:44 a.m.
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    Mind giving us an example of fair unbiased coverage?

  • Teddy Fowler Jul 19, 11:38 a.m.
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    In the beginning you fight for the candidate of your choice... but when a winner is selected by the people of the US in a fair vote... then it is up to you to not be a poor loser, but a team player and help support and elect the Republican nominee. He is a sad sad man who has disgraced himself.