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What happened Tuesday at the RNC causing a bunch of angry attendees to loudly shout “USA, USA” as a Puerto Rican speaker took the stage, forcing chair Reince Priebus to demand order on a chaotic floor?
The incident occurred as speaker Puerto Rico National Committeewoman Zori Fonalledas was taking the stage to announce John Boehner’s appointment as permanent convention chairman. But the actual specifics of the chanting, and the reasons behind it, are in dispute.
The chanting carried on for nearly a minute while most of the other delegates and the media stood by in stunned silence. The Puerto Rican correspondent turned to me and asked, “Is this happening?” I said I honestly didn’t know what was happening—it was astonishing to see all the brittle work of narrative construction that is a modern political convention suddenly crack before our eyes. None of us could quite believe what we were seeing: A sea of twentysomething bowties and cowboy hats morphing into frat bros apparently shrieking over (or at) a Latina. RNC chairman Reince Priebus quickly stepped up and asked for order and respect for the speaker, suggesting that, yeah, what we had just seen might well have been an ugly outburst of nativism.
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
Chaos: Angry RNC Crowd Shouts Down Puerto Rican Speaker, Reince Priebus Forced To Quell Chants Of ‘USA! USA!’
Some member in the RNC are saying the chanting was to shout down the Ron Paul supporters, who were seated in the upper nose-bleed section, who were shouting "point of order", after their delegates were denied from Maine. That's a bit of a weak excuse, in the video the attention of the crowd was on the stage, and the reaction by Priebus, angrily telling the chanters that Fonalledas deserved their respect, is telling.
Originally posted by PassiveObserver
They where shouting USA to drown out the Ron Paul supports chant. I can't remember what they where chanting but it was definitely not USA a few minutes before that clip.
It had nothing to do with the Puerto Rican speaker, she was just next after the previous guy.
Funny how stuff gets spun.
Originally posted by OutKast Searcher
It was rude and disrespectful towards the lady from Puerto Rico...but it wasn't it response to her.
I have a thread that covers this video, and I addressed the point that some are saying this is a reaction to her. There was just an acclamation vote where the "Ayes" and "NOs" seemed almost identical if not the "NOs" being louder...and Priebus declared the "Ayes" had it and then immediately went to introduce the lady from Puerto Rico. Ron Paul supporters started calling for "Point of Order" and in response the Romney supporters started chanting "USA" to drown them out.
Believe me, I would call them out if I thought they were chanting USA in response to her coming on stage...but that isn't the case. Some were screaming for "Point of Order", some were screaming "Seat Them Now", and others screamed "USA" to drown them out...I believe others just joined in the "USA" chant because they had no clue what was going on. And there were probably some that joined in because they thought they were protesting a Puerto Rican speaking...but I don't think that was the main point.
The real story here is that the RNC chairman blatantly ignored the delegation and passed a resolution that didn't really have the "Ayes" to pass it.
Here is my thread that discusses that:
www.abovetopsecret.com...edit on 29-8-2012 by OutKast Searcher because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by jazzguy
heres some disturbing hot mike action at the RNC.
clearly they are proud of themselves for turning the mike off when ron paul people cheer
makes my blood boiledit on 29-8-2012 by jazzguy because: (no reason given)