All of Utah #NeverTrump delegates go to Donald Trump after state misfile paperwork at RNC.
The Utah #NeverTrumpers were left speechless–
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The last-minute rules changed from the Republican National Committee at Tuesday night’s roll call hearing in Cleveland turned a quiet Utah delegation into a confused crowd where pandemonium ensued. All 40 delegates, as counted by the national party, went to Donald Trump from a state where he didn’t win the popular vote after Utah pledged votes Tuesday to Ted Cruz.
Utah delegation party leader Phil Wright had the microphone on the floor of the convention “according to the votes of the great state of Utah, we passed all 40 of our delegates to the gentleman who won our state, Ted Cruz.”
After days of tumult and insider fights over voting your conscience, Utah delegates breathed a sigh of relief as a crush of national reporters pressed in for the final shot of Utah’s Never Trump stand.
“Utah 40 votes trump.”
With four simple words came silence and then boos as Utah delegates processed what happened. As the delegates expressed their anger, Utah Republican Party Chair James Evans made a cut sign at his throat. He was trying to tell his delegation to keep quiet. He knew the switcheroo was coming but said, “we didn’t get a chance to communicate that.”
Chris Herrod, a Utah delegate, was heard shouting, “you knew about this before.”