Three times, delegates of the Democrat Party yelled “No!” regarding an amendment to insert “God” into the text of the party platform.
Former Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH) offered an amendment to insert a mention of “God” into the platform and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. A two-thirds vote is required for an amendment to be accepted. But the first voice vote was so close that convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa had to request a second vote.
Once again, the number of delegates yelling “No!” closely rivaled the number yelling “Aye.”
So, Villaraigosa called on the delegates to vote a third time. And, once again, the number of Democrats screaming “No” to the idea of adding God and Jerusalem to the platform appeared to rival the number voting “Aye.”
But Chairman Villaraigosa declared that – in his opinion – a two-thirds majority in favor of the motion was achieved, so he decreed the amendment adopted.
At this point, a chorus of “Boo!” erupted from the crowd.