Cleveland — 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.