Virgin Islands GOP committeeman skips convention over Trump
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"I have to sleep at night and I have to have a conscience."

The Republican national committeeman from the U.S. Virgin Islands chose not to attend this week's nominating convention in Cleveland because of his feelings on Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE.


"I would find it difficult to stand while the confetti and balloons were dropping knowing the feelings I had," Holland Redfield III told The Hill by phone.

"I was extremely concerned about the direction the party was taking — looking at what he's been saying ... it's against the principles of the Virgin Islands, which is a very integrated society, we feel strongly about a united Virgin Islands."

Redfield said he made the decision just three days ago, and pointed to concerns about the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's comments about "blacks, Hispanics, other minorities and women," noting that the committeman represents a very diverse community.

"I feel like I would be going against the very basic principles that the Virgin Islands has fashioned for itself, along with my principles and conscience," he said.

"I have to sleep at night and I have to have a conscience."

He added that the U.S. territory's party rules stipulate that alternate delegates can't replace committee members, so his absence will leave the Virgin Islands with eight delegates instead of nine.