Trump delegate from McMinn Co. advocated replacing Homeland Security with citizen militias
Gov. Bill Haslam will be a Marco Rubio delegate at the convention, although Rubio withdrew after the Tennessee primary.
A Donald Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention from East Tennessee was also a delegate to a "Continental Congress of 2009" that advocated replacing the Department of Homeland Security with citizen militias, and told a national publication that U.S. leaders who violate the Constitution should be killed.
The Trump campaign approved M. David Riden of rural McMinn County as one of its delegates, and voters in East Tennessee's Third Congressional District elected him as a Trump-committed delegate, and his wife Perry Riden as an alternate, in the state's March 1 Republican presidential primary.
Barring any last-minute change in plans, the Ridens will be among the Tennessee delegation to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18-21.
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