With Donald Trump emerging from the Republican National Convention with his party newly united behind him, the focus moves to Philadelphia as Hillary Clinton seeks to bring Democrats together behind her and vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine.
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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Barbara Lee might find herself playing the role of peacemaker at July’s Democratic National Convention. Lee has been named to the 15-member committee that will draft the party’s platform.
To assuage Bernie Sanders, the party gave him five picks for the committee and Hillary Clinton six picks. Lee, who hasn’t endorsed in the race, is one of four people selected by the Democratic National Committee to also sit on the committee.
Typically, the party chairperson makes all the selections, but that would not have gone down well with Sanders supporters who think establishment Democrats have rigged the nominating process in Hillary Clinton’s favor.
Among Sanders’ picks are James Zogby, a pollster and advocate for the rights of Palestinians, Rep. Keith Ellison, the lone Muslim-American in the House and Professor Cornel West.