The Argus has a story up this AM about Republican State Representative Isaac Latterell drawing attention to himself during the voting at the Republican National Convention by gesturing while the delegation was casting their ballot in the roll of states:
In a face palm of protest, one South Dakota Republican said with his body language what many GOP members wanted to Tuesday night.
Amid cheers from South Dakota delegates announcing that the state’s 29 delegates would support Republican nominee Donald Trump, state Rep. Isaac Latterell, R-Tea, rolled his eyes and clamped his hand over his face.
Latterell then went on in the article to call the RNC “corrupt” without defining why, other than to mention he voted for another candidate. Really?
There was another option for Latterell, other than to participate in this allegedly “corrupt” process. Just not go.
There was no one holding him hostage, forcing him to go to Cleveland. No one demanded he go be wined, dined, entertained and hosted at the big show of the Republican convention.
In fact the rules of delegates being bound to the candidate winning the state were known many, many months in advance, and they were set by the State Republican Party, not the RNC. They were set that way because of the lateness of our primary, and the earlier convention.
If Latterell didn’t want to be a bound candidate, he should have not signed up to be one. It’s a multitiered process you have to run for. If he doesn’t like the rules, he should have registered a complaint when they were being made by the South Dakota Republican State Central Committee.
Making faces on national television seems to be the kind of thing that should be beneath a state legislator, especially one who signed up for his ticket to ride in full knowledge of what that meant.
And as he basks in his newfound notoriety for his protest of the “corrupt” RNC… He will have to seek some measure of refuge from all the corruption in the free parties and events he is forced to take part of.
I’m sure in the aftermath, this mighty social justice warrior will return from Cleveland clutching his bag of free swag handed to him upon his arrival, with the delegate badge and toy guitar.
Such are the burdens of a modern-day protester.