Tense moments opened the Republican National Convention Monday in Cleveland.
“A small number of states and delegates are part of what they’re calling the Never Trump movement,” says Nebraska Delegate Bob Evnen. But Evnen says Nebraska’s delegation will take no part in the effort.
Utah Senator Mike Lee led an effort to force a roll-call vote on the convention rules early in Monday’s session, but failed to collect support for enough states to do so.
“The chair ruled that way and the ruling was accepted because those are the rules that were in place at the time,” Evnen said, describing the scene as loud while delegates chanted and yelled for their side of the debate. “The whole thing came and went, I’d say, in about ten minutes.”
Evnen says Nebraska’s delegates take seriously their pledge to support Donald Trump, keeping with the results of Nebraska’s primary election held in May.
“The members of the Nebraska delegation are just keeping their word. They’re keeping their word to the people who elected them as delegates.”
Nebraska’s position on the convention floor is sandwiched between delegations from Alaska and Utah. Each of those states were part of the effort to force a roll-call rules vote. But Evnen says neither approached Nebraska to join the effort.
“No-one really asked us. I would tell you that if we’d had had a roll-call all 36 of our delegates were prepared to vote for adoption of the rules and maybe they were aware of that.”
The convention continues Tuesday evening in Cleveland.
By Kevin Thomas, KLIN, Lincoln