Day one of the Republican convention in Cleveland was a complete chaos as anti-Trump Republicans found a platform to raise their voice.
Several hundred anti-Trump delegates sought to change the Republican Convention rules so that they could opt out of voting for him. They shouted out loud in protest after they were denied the chance to debate the changes.
The protesters tried to force a roll call vote to change the party’s rule in a bid to block Trump’s nomination as the Republican presidential candidate.
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Some of those opposed to Trump’s nomination even staged a walkout. Some of the members of the ‘Never Trump’ group alleged that they were bullied by the party leadership.
However, party leadership denied the allegations and alleged that there was a purposeful move to create disturbance during the four-day convention that will anoint him as Republican presidential candidate.
The chaos has again highlighted the divisions within the Republican Party as it struggles to unify behind Trump in the run-up to the November election against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“My point is we should be able to have our voice, we should be able to have a voice. And that’s what shows us that the party isn’t listening to us,” said Colorado Republican delegate Bita Horn after walking out of convention.
Melanie Sturm, another delegate from Colorado registered her protest by saying, “You know, each one of us has a conscience. That’s part of what this effort was about – let us vote our conscience”.
On day one, in a move away from custom, Trump made a brief appearance at the convention to introduce his wife. He was cheered by thousands of Republican members, whose support he still continues to enjoy.
Melania Trump in her speech presented Donald Trump as a softer and gentler man than he is known to the public.
“I can tell you with certainty that my husband has been concerned about our country for as long as I have known him….If you want someone to fight for you and your country, I can assure you he’s the guy,” she said amidst applause.
Melania’s speech has been criticised for having striking similarities with one of the 2008 speeches given by US First Lady Michelle Obama.
(With inputs from agencies)