On Tuesday night, one South Dakota delegate perfectly encapsulated what some GOP delegates and other Republicans felt about the nomination of Donald Trump for the presidency, facepalming as his state voted for Trump.
Standing directly behind South Dakota Republican Party Chairwoman Pam Roberts, state Rep. Isaac Latterell, R-Tea, rolled his eyes and plunged his face into his hand as Roberts intoned, "Madame Secretary, the great state of South Dakota, home of Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore and other great faces and great places, proudly nominates and casts our twenty-nine votes for Donald J. Trump."
Speaking with the Argus Leader Tuesday night, Latterall said, “I just think that it’s a sad day for the Republican party. I don’t think that the candidate that was chosen has a chance of winning the election, or being different than the other nominee." He added that his action was the only avenue to "protest what is going on in the corrupt RNC." Latterell voted for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in South Dakota's primary election.
Latterell is a GOP member of the South Dakota House of Representatives who has represented District 6 since January 11, 2013. He is an outspoken foe of Planned Parenthood. On his website, he has compared the abortion provider to ISIS, writing, “Planned Parenthood abortionists in Sioux Falls are similarly beheading unborn children during dismemberment abortions.” He has sponsored a proposed law known as the “Preborn Infant Beheading Ban” that would ban late-term “dilation and evacuation” procedures.
“I just think that it’s a sad day for the Republican party."
Latterell’s action reflected the sentiments of many of the delegates to the convention; on Monday delegates from numerous states tried to unbind their votes to vote for someone other than Trump; the Colorado and Virginia delegations have both walked out during the convention.
Video of the facepalm below: