Donald Trump Campaign Chair Downplays Convention Chaos: ‘It Wasn’t a Rebellion’
Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort reacted on MSNBC this afternoon to the convention chaos that broke out earlier.
#NeverTrump delegates were demanding a roll call vote on the rules in an attempt to include a conscience clause (meaning delegates can get out of being bound to Trump), but they were shut down by two voice votes and chaos erupted.
Manafort insisted to Chuck Todd this “wasn’t a rebellion” and it wasn’t about Trump. He said allowing a roll call vote instead of a voice vote would have been a complete waste of time and been too “complicated as far as our schedule’s concerned.
Todd asked him if he was concerned that delegates bound to Trump would have peeled off. Manafort insisted, “We probably would have had 2000 to 2100 delegates if there was a roll call.”
Earlier on CNN, Manafort categorized the effort as a “meaningless gesture.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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