A North Carolina delegate was leaving the Republican National Convention on Wednesday amid friction over negative comments he made about GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Bob Orr, a former North Carolina Supreme Court justice, said he was headed to the airport to leave Cleveland after having some issues with his credentials after he told a Raleigh television station that he thought Trump was dangerous. More convention events are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.
“They are obviously trying to make a show of unity and clamping down on people who say they are not supporting Trump,” said Orr, who has been a John Kasich supporter.
Orr said he didn’t attend the Tuesday night session after he was told that state GOP chairman Robin Hayes had his credentials and needed to talk to him following his Trump comments. Instead, Orr decided to leave the convention.
“They wanted to tell me how disturbed they were about my comments about Trump,” he said. “I’m not saying they were going to withhold my credentials, but they were trying to send a message.”
Orr said that he’s comfortable expressing his views to reporters, adding: “I’m not going to sit around and not be honest.” A story posted Monday night on the website for WRAL-TV also included Orr saying he thought Trump was “singularly unqualified.”
The state GOP’s executive director, Dallas Woodhouse, said in an email that Orr’s account was accurate. He questioned Orr’s loyalty to the party, saying: “He has constantly fought Republicans for personal gain and this is no different.”