Ohio GOP Lawmaker Says VIP Seating At Pence Event Revoked Over A Tweet

August 11, 2016 7:48 am

A Republican state representative in Ohio said that the Donald Trump campaign withdrew an offer for him to sit in the seating area for lawmakers at a Wednesday town hall with vice presidential candidate Mike Pence over a tweet he published about voters disapproving of Trump.

State Rep. Niraj Antani (R) told Politico that he was invited to the event, but that when he arrived at the town hall, he was told to sit in the general admission section.

He said that had had received a call from the Trump campaign on Wednesday asking him to take down the tweet.

“FWIW, knocking doors in most affluent part of my GOP heavy district, and not one of them has been happy with Trump. All pro @JohnKasich,” he said in the tweet that he has since deleted, according to Politico.

Antani stayed for the event, and at the end of the town hall, he received a call from Pence, he told Politico. A Pence aide confirmed to Politico that the Indiana governor called Antani.

“He said ‘I just got off stage and just learned about this and just wanted to apologize for the misunderstanding,’” Antani said of his phone call with Pence.

Antani told Politico that he will “probably” vote for Trump, but that he is no longer likely to endorse the Republican nominee.

“I don’t care about the tweet, I don’t care abut the seating, this is more how they treat people who weren’t with them in the primary,” he said. “This is how they treat someone whose willing to come on board. I wonder how they treat people who are against them.”

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