The Republican National Convention has been rife with controversy, crowning Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee despite heavy protest.
The upheaval included jeers at Ted Cruz, who said on Wednesday that he wasn’t ready to endorse Trump. Cruz doubled down on his reluctance today.
MoveOn members joined with local organizers around Ohio to respond to the Convention in a movement called Ohio Against Hate. This door-to-door campaign specifically blasted away at Donald Trump’s presidency, bringing out many first-time canvassers who spoke to neighbors with a message they said was against hate, bigotry, and xenophobia.
— breaking news (@elizabenews24) July 19, 2016
On Wednesday, July 20, the group sent an email blast asking for money for support at the Republican National Convention, which began in Cleveland on Monday. It accused Donald Trump of “angry rhetoric against immigrants and Muslims, plagiarism, and tirades against political correctness.”
“Pokémon GO isn’t the only thing bringing millennials out to the sidewalk…millennials who want to ensure Trump doesn’t make it to the White House and who understand the power of young people in this election”
According to an article in the Boston Globe, Melania Trump’s Monday speech required major attention from the campaign, which sought to do damage control on Tuesday.
In a breaking news story published on Thursday, the Boston Globe reported that Ted Cruz is reluctant to endorse Trump.
Cruz said he is not a “servile puppy dog.” He explained it to the Texas delegation.
“The day that was abdicated was the day this became personal. I’m not going to get into criticizing or attacking Donald Trump, but I’ll give you this response: I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father.”
”And that pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander and attack Heidi, I’m going to nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say thank you very much for maligning my wife and my father.”
The morning after he was booed at the Republican National Convention, Cruz said he will be “watching and listening” but he won’t “sit down, shut up and support the team.”
However, he added that he doesn’t intend to “throw rocks” at Trump.
Ted Cruz advice to “vote your conscience” popular at anti-Trump march about a mile from GOP convention. pic.twitter.com/NNgRgY61sP
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An article in the Thursday Boston Globe called the Convention “The Donald Trump Show,” saying if it was a television program, it might have already been canceled.
Globe staff writer Don Aucoin said that Trump had not delivered in his “prime time moment.”
“Straining for Big Moment grandeur on the convention’s opening night, he descended into cheesy absurdity instead, materializing backlit in silhouette amid bluish haze, more WWE wrestler than statesman, while Queen’s ‘We Are the Champions’ pounded over the sound system.
“Then Trump strode forward, applauding himself or perhaps the delegates, while repeating the refrain: ‘We’re going to win so big.'”
Viewers of the convention have found other things to watch after the first night, according to the Globe. On Monday, Nielsen estimated 23 million viewers across seven networks watched the GOP event. On the second night, viewership had dropped to just over 19 million.
So far, Trump hasn’t utilized the medium as he promised he would. As the Globe pointed out, “he has one more night to figure it out.”
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