Meet the Republican Convention Delegates Who Won't Vote for Donald Trump

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Meet the Republican Convention Delegates Who Won't Vote for Donald Trump

VICE was at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena this week to capture some of their disappointment.
July 21, 2016, 1:15pm

Photos by Jason Bergman

Just a little after 7 PM on Tuesday night, the event that just a year ago seemed like a ridiculous impossibility finally happened: Donald Trump became the official, nothing-they-can-do-about-it-now Republican presidential nominee. In the end, it was his kids who put him over the edge, pulling off a feat of political theater by delaying New York's place in the roll call vote so that they could put him over the top.

The win didn't come easily. From the moment Republicans realized that the reality TV star was actually serious about his White House run, party leaders tried—and failed, repeatedly—to derail the Trump juggernaut. Just the day before he locked up the nomination, on the opening day of the Republican National Convention, a group of delegates loosely organized into a group called Delegates Unbound and staged a revolt on the arena floor in an attempt to deny Trump the nomination.

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Like every other attempt to sink Trump this year, though, that effort failed, thwarted by the real estate mogul's deceptively organized, if completely insane, campaign team. But some delegates continue to insist that they are "Never Trump," disavowing their own nominee before he has even had a chance to accept the nomination this week.

VICE's photographer, Jason Bergman, was in the arena this week, to capture some of their disappointment.

Kendal Unruh, a Colorado delegate and the leader of "Delegates Unbound," at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH on July 18, 2016.

Norm Frink, a delegate from Oregon who is a "Never Trump" supporter, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH on July 18, 2016.

Tommy Valentine, a delegate from Virginia who is a "Never Trump" supporter, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH on July 18, 2016

Dalton Glasscock, a delegate from Kansas who is a "Never Trump" supporter, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH on July 18, 2016.

Regina Thomson, a delegate from Colorado who is a "Never Trump" supporter, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH on July 18, 2016.

Erick Cordero, a delegate from Alaska who is a "Never Trump" supporter, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH on July 18, 2016

Jim Carson, a delegate who is against Trump, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH on July 18, 2016.

Anita Stapleton, a delegate from Colorado who is a "Never Trump" supporter, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH on July 18, 2016.

Jennifer Fetters, a delegate from Washington who is a "Never Trump" supporter, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH on July 18, 2016.