By STEPHEN GALLOWAY (@sgalloway17)
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Going into the Republican national convention, everyone knew there was a small, yet vocal opposition to Donald Trump’s nomination as the Republican nominee. We knew they would go to extraordinary lengths to attempt to block Donald Trump’s representing their party in November.
What we saw Monday in Cleveland was nothing short of chaos. In a last and desperate act to try to deny Trump the GOP nomination, the “Never Trump” movement filed a petition for a roll call vote in an attempt to void the rules and unbind the delegates.
For this roll call to be successful, the Never Trump movement needed seven states to support the petition. They originally had nine.
Unfortunately for the movement, through all the commotion and confusion, three of those states withdrew their support for the petition.
We have no idea why and how they withdrew their support, but it prompted the former Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli to throw down his credentials and the entire Colorado delegation to walk out of the convention hall.
To call what occurred on the convention floor pandemonium would probably be an understatement.
But that was not the only turmoil that was occurring with the convention.
Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, decided it would be a good idea to criticize the very popular governor of Ohio, John Kasich, who is very popular among many Republicans.
The best part of all of this chaos? The convention has just started.
For most of Monday, I sat in my living room and attempted to watch the GOP convention in Cleveland. As Day 1 wrapped up, I was almost in awe of what my eyes saw throughout the day, and as I write I’m still trying to process all of it.
In only Day 1, we saw utter chaos on the convention floor as the “Never Trump” movement took its last breath, the gross politicization of the Benghazi tragedy where a grieving mother called the Democratic nominee for president a murderer, the almost irrelevant Rudy Giuliani making a primetime appearance screaming on top of his lungs for 10 minutes straight and Melania Trump giving -- at best -- an uninspiring speech that clearly stole lines from Michelle Obama’s convention speech in 2008.
As all of this unfolded, I sat there wondering how not only myself but the rest of America is going to survive these next three days. What occurred today in that convention hall was a GOP not trying to convince America it is the best party to gain control of the White House, but a party trying to convince themselves it is the best party to gain control of the House.
What resulted was rhetoric that belonged in the primary season -- not during a national convention in July of a general election year. What the average American voter probably took away from the first day: No one is safe, we are losing a war with something called Islam that is trying to kill us all and the only person who can save us from death is a demagogue with no political experience.
Monday night was the perfect opportunity for the GOP to rebrand itself as a party with hope and a vision that could cure many of America’s illness. Instead, it relied on the past hateful rhetoric that helped give them the nominee it deeply hates.
There is unfortunately no inclination that the GOP will change its message, and that is a shame because I have always thought the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower was better than this. After watching the debacle that was known as Day 1 of the 2016 GOP convention, I definitely do not believe that.