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RNC 2016: Trump’s get-tough talk overshadows divide among GOP

CLEVELAND — With the Republican National Convention getting underway Monday as the nation reels from another attack on police, Donald Trump sought to burnish his “tough guy” image, but he also found himself battling with members of his own party.

Delegates hold up signs and cheer during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Delegates hold up signs and cheer during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

On a day when the convention theme was “Make America Safe Again,” Trump took to the airwaves early Monday to criticize Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama over the shooting deaths of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, declaring that they lacked the “toughness” needed to quell the growing civil unrest.

But his attempt to position himself as a leader who can bend opponents to his will took a beating Monday as the convention floor convulsed in protests when anti-Trump delegates shouted for a roll call vote of delegates — a delay tactic meant to embarrass the nominee.

To read more of Bay Area News Group reporter Matthew Artz’s report from the convention, click here.

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