Idaho GOP Convention: Rejection of Transgender Directive and VanderSloot's Warning to Media 

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In direct contrast to the national political scene, Idaho Republicans have been drama free this past week at their state party convention in Nampa, producing "few fireworks," according to the Idaho Press-Tribune.

The primary order of business was the selection and approval of delegates to this summer's national GOP convention in Cleveland, where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to be become the party's standard bearer in the run for the White House.

While Idaho Republicans were warming to Trump this week, the billionaire ran into more controversy as demonstrations outside a series of his California rallies turned violent just a few days before that state's presidential primary. According to Reuters, Trump called his campaign events "love fests" while characterizing the demonstrators as "thugs."

Meanwhile, at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, an Idaho GOP Resolution Committee breakout session adopted a resolution that rejects the recent Obama White House directive to public schools instructing administrators to accommodate transgender students' bathroom choices. According to the Twin Falls Times-News, the Idaho GOP Resolution Committee directed Idaho constitutional officers to develop a "coordinated rejection" of the rule while public schools "would be directed not to implement the new directive."

Other resolutions approved by the convention include a proposed amendment to the Idaho Constitution that calls for the Bible to be used in public schools as an official "religious text." The Associated Press reports delegates also rejected a resolution "denouncing bigotry, racism and xenophobia"

Among the convention's many speakers, eastern Idaho billionaire Frank VanderSloot, who has become an ATM of campaign donations to a string of right-wing candidates, talked about his "Guardian of True Liberty Fund," designed to defend conservatives who have "been defamed by the media."

"We're not going to let you lie about us," said VanderSloot, directing his comments to the media. 

The billionaire had initially supported U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) in his failed effort to become the GOP presidential nominee. Now, VanderSloot openly supports Trump.
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