MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont teenager who is a delegate to the Republican National Convention is getting a taste of the rough-and-tumble of politics.
Jace Laquerre (jas luh-CAIR) is still in high school and headed to the GOP convention in Cleveland next week. The 17-year-old is not supporting presumptive nominee Donald Trump, and has been targeted by ample online vitriol and an aborted attempt to remove him from the delegation.
Darcie Johnston, Trump’s campaign director in Vermont, says she looked into the legality of Laquerre’s status, and determined he’s eligible to serve as a delegate.
One online posting suggested that the young delegate be “horsewhipped, tarred and feathered” for not supporting Trump, who won Vermont’s Republican primary.
It could not be immediately confirmed if Laquerre will be the youngest delegate at next week’s convention.