Monday kicked off the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland with a floor fight among the delegates inside the convention hall at the Quicken Loans Arena downtown. Meanwhile, outside the convention center, rival protesters squared off for the beginning of what looks like a week of rising temperatures.
There were fireworks on the convention floor early Monday, as delegates fought over the party rules. Party leaders rebuked attempts by anti-Trump forces to demand a roll call vote on whether to adopt rules that would allow delegates to vote their conscious. This mean the delegates won in the primaries are bound to Trump, giving him the 1,237 needed for nomination. Tensions also seem to mount between the Trump camp and Governor John Kasich of Ohio who has refused to endorse Trump’s candidacy up to this point. Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, repeatedly criticize Kasich on the Sunday morning talk show circuit. Many in the Ohio delegation who backed Kasich are still weighing whether to support Trump in the general election. .
Outside the convention hall, protests began early Sunday evening with demonstrators attempting to stop traffic through downtown while chanting “No justice, no peace, no racist police!” While protests were generally peaceful Sunday, police are expecting protest to grow over the course of the week as adversaries start jockeying to voice competing messages. The city has taken steps to prepare for massive arrest and processing of protesters, while hospitals are planning for emergency medical care growing out of convention-related strife.