So, why would a Georgia GOP official be removed from an Atlanta Trump event? Oh, it was fine for him to show up in the general audience on June 15th, but when it came to going backstage with the other officials and donors, the welcome mat was pulled in and the door slammed.
Michael McNeely is the first vice chair of the Georgia Republicans, but he was literally thrown out of the Fox Theatre where the Trump event was held. Trump campaign state director Brandon Phillips told him there was “no more room for you,” and the Secret Service escorted him out of the theatre, according to Buzzfeed News.
The area where McNeely wanted to go was where the presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump was greeting supporters. This was a particularly bad move by the Trump campaign, because McNeely is rising fast among the Georgia Republicans. He is a recently appointed at-large delegate to the Republican National Convention, so it would seem obvious that Trump should court his vote.
The reason McNeely was excluded remains murky. The executive director of the National Diversity Coalition For Trump Bruce LeVell met Trump, but was elusive when asked for a comment on the incident:
‘Anyone that goes to a Trump rally, I don’t give a damn who you are, if anyone even if looks at you and [the campaign] points their finger, you’re out of there. They’re real strict about [acting] if something doesn’t look right. They just make a judgment call.’
McNeely is a lifelong resident of Georgia. He graduated from Georgia Southern University and holds a degree in Criminal Justice.
The delegate formerly chaired the Georgia Black Republican Council. BuzzFeed News reached him by phone, but the delegate said “I’ll have to get back to you,” and hung up.
Georgia polls show a tight race between Trump and the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, but no member of the Democratic party has won the Peach state since 1992.
Featured Image: McNeely’s Twitter Site.
H/T: Buzzfeed News.