July 19, 2016 11:00 am -

The 2016 Republican National Convention opened in total chaos as organized #NeverTrump delegates demanded the nomination be put to roll-call vote:

According to Kendal Unruh, one of the movement’s leaders, delegates from 10 states submitted the paperwork necessary to implement a roll-call vote on the nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican presidential candidate. Footage posted from the event captured loud calls for the vote.


Delegates and politicians loyal to Ted Cruz are also wreaking havoc in the background:

[O]n the sidelines, multiple high-level GOP sources in Cleveland told Fox News that officials loyal to Cruz – led by former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah – have been bargaining with the Republican National Committee and Donald Trump campaign over procedural changes they failed to secure in last week’s Rules Committee sessions.

Coming as some anti-Trump delegates still are trying to mount a rebellion on the floor, the Cruz camp is seeking its own changes.

The convention was forced to shut down its Web chat after anti-Semites turned it into a Jew-bashing hate-speech-gasm:

As former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle gave a speech promoting inroads that Republicans have made with Jewish voters, as well as ripping the Democrats for allegedly being more hostile to Israel, Trump’s alt-right followers flooded the page with anti-Semitic vitriol.

Among other things, the Trump fans wrote “Press H for Hitler,” “Joos,” “Ban Jews,” “OY GEVALT,” and “Kike.”

Portions of Melania Trump’s Monday evening speech seem to have been… well, “borrowed” from a convention speech given by one Michelle Obama:

At least a portion of Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday bears a striking similarity to First Lady Michelle Obama’s appearance for the Democratic Party in 2008, Fusion reported.

Journalist Jarrett Hill was the first to discover the similarity, saying on Twitter that Trump “stole a whole graph” from Obama’s speech.

At least one Republican seems to be getting a last laugh:

NBC’s Lester Holt interviewed Ohio Governor John Kasich Monday and asked him why he wouldn’t be speaking at his party’s convention, given that it’s being held in his home state.

Kasich said it’s simply a matter of principles, and that those held by the presumptive Republican nominee simply don’t square with his own. “He’d have to change everything that he says,” the governor said. “We can’t be attacking Muslims and Hispanics, and trying to shut down trade, and not caring about the debt.”



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.