Published: Wed, July 20, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump and the GOP Leadership Run Scared

Trump and the GOP Leadership Run Scared

More than 2,400 delegates met on the Quicken Loans Arena floor to start the Republican National Convention on Monday, kicking off a week with division and contention within the party instead of unity.

Trump was expected later in the day in Cleveland, where his wife Melania Trump, a Slovenian-born former model, has top billing for the first prime-time session and will make the case for her husband's policies and personality.

But Trump and the Republican party were not about to let that happen.

The 23-year-old says just showing up was well worth the long trip.

David Axelrod, an American political operative and analyst best known as the chief strategist for Barack Obama's presidential campaigns, said similarly in 2008 the Democrats did not want a roll-call vote on Hillary Clinton versus Barack Obama.

Tumult broke out on the convention floor after party officials adopted rules by a shouted voice vote, a move aimed at blunting anti-Trump forces seeking to derail the presumptive nominee.

There were competing chants of "We want Trump!" and "Roll call vote!"

Trump hoped the chaos would be little more than a footnote. He softened slightly on the Muslim ban in Sunday's interview, suggesting he would focus more on people's country of origin. The mother of one of the victims choked back tears as she personally blamed Clinton for her son's death and accused her of giving a false explanation for the attack.

Trump said "inn certain instances" protesters 'have ignited people and you see that'.

The convention comes amid a wrenching period of violence and unrest, both in the United States and around the world. The opening theme of the convention is on secutiry and immigration.

"An inclusive reform agenda is where my head is", Kasich said. Within two years of arriving in the US, she met her future husband Donald Trump.

"Hillary Clinton can not be trusted". Utah Sen. Mike Lee, a leading voice of the anti-Trump movement, called that decision to flee "surreal" and admitted that he had no idea what would come next. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, according to excerpts of her speech released in advance.

Mudzinganyama said he is likely to attend the convention of Tuesday.

Earlier Monday, ahead of the convention kickoff, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort said Kasich is embarrassing the Buckeye State by skipping out on the Cleveland event.

Thousands of federal and state law enforcement officers have descended on the city over the past week in preparation for the convention, ramping up security protocols as delegates, attendees and demonstrators pour into Cleveland.

"Change the system", King said when asked what Trump must do in the general election.

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