GOP national delegate from Evansville steps down in protest of Trump

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4 Fast Facts

  • Delegate Josh Clayborn says he will not attend the Republican National Convention because he refuses to support Donald Trump.
  • Party rules would require him to vote for Donald Trump on the first ballot.
  • “I will neither vote for, nor in any other way support, Mr. Trump.
  • Party rules call for an alternate delegate to take Claybourn’s place.

EVANSVILLE— An Indiana delegate to the Republican national convention says he won’t attend the summer gathering because he refuses to participate in the “coronation” of presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

Delegate Josh Claybourn told the AP on Thursday that he thinks Trump “peddles fear and mean-spirited insults” and lacks the “mature temperament” needed to be president. The Evansville lawyer says he is stepping down as a delegate.

Indiana GOP officials are meeting this weekend to discuss the convention. Party rules call for an alternate delegate to take Claybourn’s place.

Claybourn says he has received encouragement and support from other party leaders. It is unclear if other delegates may follow suit.

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