Why Nevada Republicans had to carve out an exception to rules to support Trump

Nevada’s Republican Party is waiving its bylaws so party faithful can support former President Donald Trump, now a convicted felon, in his reelection bid.

Article 16 of the Nevada GOP’s bylaws states that it “shall neither recognize nor support any candidate for public office who has been convicted of a felony or, while serving in a public office, was impeached and convicted or removed from office for any reason.” 

Michael McDonald, the chairman of the Nevada Republican Party, confirmed the announcement. In a text message, McDonald wrote that Nevada’s GOP would rally behind Trump as Republicans’ presumptive nominee, saying the GOP board had met to make the exception to its bylaws. 

President Donald Trump dances onstage after his campaign rally, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Florida. (AP Photo/Stan Badz)

After Trump’s unprecedented hush money conviction on May 31, McDonald
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