This video was taken in Charleston South Carolina on the morning of the GOP debate. Along with RNC head Reince Priebus, Fox’s Dana Perino and all of the National Republican Party Leadership were in attendance. Holland Redfield, an RNC committeeman who represents the Virgin Islands is speaking:
This was the RNC meeting/convention in South Carolina prior to the debate later in the day. The membership from this entire group apparatus is who comprised the audience.
Do the audience responses evident in the debate broadcast make more sense now?
Here’s an article from Politico: CHARLESTON, S.C. — A Republican National committeeman delivered a call-to-arms against Donald Trump during a closed-door GOP meeting on Thursday, urging his colleagues to take a forceful stand against those who he said are destroying the party’s brand.
At a breakfast at the RNC winter meeting, Holland Redfield, an RNC committeeman who represents the minority-rich Virgin Islands, rose to address party Chairman Reince Priebus.
In the five-minute impromptu speech, a video recording of which Redfield provided to POLITICO, Redfield did not explicitly mention Trump’s name. But he made clear that angry voices in the party pose a grave threat to the GOP’s future, and expressed alarm at what he described as crushing pressure to play nice.
You can argue with me, but we’re almost terrorized as members of our party. ‘Shut up. Toe the line, embrace each other, and let’s go forward.’ I understand that. But there is a limit to loyalty. I am loyal to this party by speaking out on these very issues,” he said at the private breakfast meeting.
At one point, Redfield essentially argued that those in the room have been held hostage by Trump’s threat to run as a third-party candidate if the party hierarchy treats him unfairly.
“As a party, we owe it to ourselves to speak up, and not let the tail wag the dog, and not let someone say, all of a sudden, ‘If you don’t play my game, then I’m running as an independent.” (read more and watch video)