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Michigan GOP leaders say RNC unrest is not a sign of disunity

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Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Michigan delegates were part of the dispute over party rules on Monday.

Michigan Republican leaders insist their party is united, despite Monday’s unrest on the floor of the Republican National Convention.

Anti-Donald Trump forces had collected enough signatures to force a roll call vote on the party’s official rules. But supporters of the presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, circulated a form enabling delegates to remove their names.

GOP officials say delegates from Maine, Minnesota and the District of Columbia pulled their names from petitions calling for a state-by-state roll call vote on the rules. That short-circuited the anti-Trump move.

The situation sparked minutes of shouting on the convention floor.

Michigan state party chairwoman Ronna Romney-McDaniel says the floor fight over party rules was “fun."

She says the people who pushed for changes in the rules shouldn’t be seen as a serious threat to party unity. 

“I think they’re loud. They’re a small minority. They are getting an outsized attention from the media,” says Romney-McDaniel. “Overall the message in our delegation has been very united. Everyone recognizes Donald Trump is going to be the nominee.”

Wendy Day is a Michigan delegate who was part of the anti-Trump effort.

She rejects the suggestion they are hurting the Republican Party.

“At the end of the day, this party will be fine. We will be stronger because we are challenging each other’s thoughts … and challenge each other’s ideas,” says Day. “We will unite. And we will beat Hillary Clinton in November.”

Day concedes that Donald Trump will be the GOP presidential nominee. She says what’s important is to defeat Hillary Clinton in November.  

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