Michigan GOP removes officer who won’t back Trump

Posted at 3:40 PM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 20:08:11-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Republican Party has removed its grassroots leader from her post for her refusal to back Donald Trump for president.

GOP Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Monday that grassroots vice chairwoman Wendy Day’s stance is at odds with a bylaw requiring the party’s elected leaders to support the Republican ticket.

Wendy Day interviewing with FOX 17 during the GOP convention in Cleveland (file)

Day had refused to resign, saying her anti-Trump stance will “protect what the party has stood for.”

McDaniel says Republicans are welcome to their own opinion on the presidential race, but Day — as one of 12 elected leaders — has a duty to back the entire GOP ticket and could have remained silent about Trump, but instead voiced her opposition on a TV show.

Matt Hall, a state committee member, asked McDaniel to remove Day from her post.