Anti-Trump N.H. Delegate: Republican National Convention Being Run By 'Brownshirts'

Jul 19, 2016

Gordon Humphrey

New Hampshire Republican delegate Gordon Humphrey had some sharp words Monday to describe the way his party is managing its convention.

The former U.S. Senator was among a group of so-called Never Trump delegates trying to force a roll call vote on the proposed convention rules, leading to a chaotic scene on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The effort by Humphrey and others was ultimately shut down after the roll call was rejected following a series of voice votes.

Speaking to MSNBC afterward, Humphrey criticized the process.

"So this was pretty shocking and shameful. I've seen a lot. But this is not a meeting of the Republican National Committee; this is a meeting of brownshirts," he said. 

Asked to explained, Humphrey continued: "I mean people who act like fascists. They may not be fascists, but they act like fascists. They have the manners, or lack of manners, of fascists. And in this respect, they are only too reflective of Donald Trump himself."

The chair announced three of the nine states that had petitioned for a roll call vote had withdrawn their petitions, essentially ending any effort to allow delegates to vote their conscience.