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)
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.
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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:
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:
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.
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.