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2016 Republican National Convention: Live updates

As Republicans prepare to officially name Donald Trump as their presidential nominee, follow reporters Matthew Artz and Julia Sulek, Bay Area News Group editors, California delegates and others through our live-blog of the convention.


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RNC 2016: Protests tame on first day of Republican National Convention

The Republican convention delivered on most counts Monday. There was rancor, bombastic attacks on Hillary Clinton and plenty of controversy thanks to Melania Trump appearing to lift an entire paragraph from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech.

TOPSHOT - CodePink demonstrators protest at an anti-Donald Trump rally in Cleveland, Ohio, near the Quicken Loans Arena site of the Republican National Convention July 18, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

CodePink demonstrators protest Monday at an anti-Donald Trump rally in Cleveland, Ohio. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

 

But the raging protests in the streets never materialized. Several protest zones I passed by were mostly empty. There were quite a few Code Pinkers around and lots of people urging Republicans to – and everybody else – to repent. I think recognized a few of them from Super Bowl 50.

 

But I didn’t see skinheads or white nationalists or anything that looked close to spiraling out of control on streets that were patrolled by offers from as far away as Asutin.

 

Above was scene at one protest zone right before the convention’s prime time lineup was about to begin. I’d play the video I shot, but the anti-police protesters were dropping f-bomb after f-bomb.

 

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RNC 2016: Trump’s recent convert California delegates support him fiercely in Cleveland

Tim Clark is Donald Trump’s California State Director and he is about as folksy and friendly as Donald Trump is brash and belligerent. So when Clark let me know last night that he didn’t like my story about how quite a few Trump delegates were not exactly do-or-die Trumpers, it went down pretty easy.

It noted that Clark, for good reason, filled quite a few delegate slots with GOP activists and donors, who had given far more money to Trump’s rival for the Republican nomination than Trump himself.

Clark pointed out that California’s delegation on Monday was boisterously pro-Trump especially when some rogue delegates tried to grind the convention to a halt by demanding a roll call to approve the convention rules.

He’s right on that count, but quite a few of the delegates I talked Monday freely acknowledged that Trump was not their first choice –- or even their second.Vanila

Vanila Singh, a delegate from Silicon Valley (shown below), had actually first been selected as a delegate for Tim Cruz.

But she said she supports him now and so does Luis Buhler, a Cupertino resident and GOP operative that Alameda County Republican Party Chairman David Erlich didn’t think belonged as a Trump delegate.

Buhler wasn’t extolling Trump’s virtues Monday night. But he said he joined with the entire delegation in raising their voices to beat back the mini-insurrection earlier in the day.

“It made me very proud to be a Trump delegate,” he said. “What the Trump team is doing is preserving the connection between the millions of voters and the delegates here.”

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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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RNC 2016: Latino attendees speak in support of Trump

With his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants and his announced plan to build a border wall, Donald Trump has provoked strong opposition among Latino voters, according to many polls.

Still, there are Latino delegates in Cleveland determined to support Trump. Reporter Matt Artz spoke to two of them about their support for Trump and how they think he can rally Latino voters behind him for the November election.

Antonio Amador, a delegate from Lodi and former LAPD union president:

Marco Gutierrez, a Discovery Bay resident and member of Latinos for Trump:

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RNC 2016: California delegates will be seen, but rarely heard

The seating chart is out for the Republican National Convention here in Cleveland, and California’s 172 delegates will be right up front with their peers from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Alabama.

 

Not a bad consolation prize given that California delegates were placed at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, OH, which is nearly halfway between Cleveland and Toledo — about an hour’s drive from the action.

Why such good seats? For one, Trump handpicked the delegation, so even though a few of them are recent converts, they won’t be caught on camera giving him the stink eye or cooing for Ted Cruz. Also, they are a diverse lot, especially when compared to Trump’s prime time speakers.

That diversity is on display here in Sandusky, home of the GOP elephant towel:

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I shared a bus over here with an Indo-American”Rockerfeller Republican” entertainment lawyer from LA, a Latino “law and order” couple from Rialto an the leader of tea party group in Fontana, who literally was dressed patriotically from head to toe.

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The delegates I’ve met so far have been friendly, but most are following orders not to talk on the record to reporters. The Trump campaign wants its California delegates to be on message at all times (unlike their candidate) so they’ve picked who they want talking. Here is the memo that went out to delegates in June from Time Clark, Trump’s California state director.