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CLEVELAND: The Heat Is On the Street

Posted on | July 19, 2016 | 10 Comments

Ohio state troopers guard the corner of 4th and Prospect.

Got here Sunday morning and immediately had to deal with news of the shootings in Baton Rouge, so I went and met with Louisiana delegates:

Roger Villere was in church Sunday morning “and my phone kept vibrating,” the Louisiana Republican Party chairman said. Villere said he did not want to check his text messages during the Catholic service, but as soon as it ended, he stepped outside and turned on his phone and saw the news: Police had been attacked in Baton Rouge. “It’s a terrible way to end a Sunday service,” Villere said after a prayerful meeting with the Louisiana GOP delegation here. . . .

You can read the rest of that. Meanwhile, of course, there is the convention itself — which is Ground Zero for a massive security presence:

Squads of uniformed police and state troopers patrolled on foot through the downtown streets here Monday, deployed to protect the Republican National Convention. A double-ring perimeter of eight-foot tall steel-mesh fencing surrounds the convention site at Quicken Arena on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. Only those with credentials can enter the access gate at the intersection of East 4th Street and Prospect Avenue, then walk past armed officers with police dogs in a high-security gauntlet that leads to the white tents where Secret Service agents put them through metal detectors.
“Make America Safe Again” was the theme of the convention Monday and, in an increasingly dangerous world, keeping the convention itself safe was a massive undertaking. Thousands of law enforcement officers are on the scene in Cleveland, including police from as far away as Florida and California. In the wake of terrorist attacks in France and Turkey, and assassinations of police in Texas and Louisiana, perhaps never in history was America so attuned to the kind of law-and-order message delivered from the RNC stage last night.
“What I did for New York, Donald Trump will do for America,” said former New York City Mayor Giuliani in his prime-time speech Monday. Like the man the GOP is expected to nominate Thursday as the next president of the United States, Giuliani is a tough-talking New Yorker. And the former mayor seemed genuinely angry at the way his fellow New Yorker has been maligned.
“I am sick and tired of the defamation of Donald Trump by the Clinton campaign,” Giuliani said in his convention speech. “I am sick and tired of it. This is a good man, and America should be sick and tired of this vicious, nasty campaign.” . . .

You can read the rest of that at The American Spectator.

Here are a few photos of the festive scene in Cleveland:

A fired-up Trump supporter inside the convention all.

Not all of these T-shirt designs are officially approved.

Of course, it’s Hillary he’s running against, but it’s the thought that counts.

Hurry! Get your limited edition Trump bobblehead! While they last!.

My work covering the convention may not win a Pulitzer Prize, but at least I didn’t plagiarize any speeches by Michelle Obama.



10 Responses to “CLEVELAND: The Heat Is On the Street”

  1. RS
    July 19th, 2016 @ 10:52 am

    The substance of her speech notwithstanding, “Melanoma” Trump would make an attractive FLOTUS.

  2. CrustyB
    July 19th, 2016 @ 11:14 am

    After a long lapse I just got my Firearm Owners ID renewed yesterday. Now I’m actively shopping for a good AR-15. I mean to be well-armed in this Race War.

    “If they drive us from our home, we will go into a ditch. If they drive us from the ditch, we will go into the jungle. Always, we will wipe the blood from our bayonets.” -John Milius

  3. Jeanette Victoria ?????????
    July 19th, 2016 @ 11:14 am

    Trump just got pwned by his speech writers. He should own up and fire the creep. It was pretty low to use Melania that way.

  4. Quartermaster
    July 19th, 2016 @ 11:18 am

    Much better than the Flotsam there now.

  5. texlovera
    July 19th, 2016 @ 11:26 am

    Stacy, if you have a chance to get to the Cleveland suburbs, check out Melt Bar & Grilled. Awesome sandwiches…

  6. gunga
    July 19th, 2016 @ 12:03 pm

    If you head back through Columbus, give me a holler. I still owe you a beer or three from last time…

  7. Daniel Freeman
    July 20th, 2016 @ 1:52 am

    I’ve seen the full range of reactions to the alleged plagiarism:

    1. Well, Michelle Obama plagiarized Alinsky, and Barack was even worse. So there.
    2. In fact, it was a common sentiment that only stands out to leftist journos because it’s alien to them.
    3. Are you kidding? The speechwriter trolled Melania so hard that he “signed” his work with a rickroll.
    4. Aha! But it cleverly tricked everyone into comparing Melania to the First Lady.
    5. So? That’s a negative association and not one she would want.
    6. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Back up. You mean there are people who actually care what’s in those speeches?

  8. Finrod Felagund
    July 20th, 2016 @ 8:29 am

    I wouldn’t stay in a book club that Donald Trump took leadership of, much less a political party. As of Monday evening, I am now an independent.

    The GOP can go down in flames in November without me.

  9. PostConservative
    July 20th, 2016 @ 9:11 am

    Good, GTFO of our party you traitorous Cuck.

  10. Finrod Felagund
    July 20th, 2016 @ 9:41 am

    I’m no longer a Republican, loser. Have fun losing horribly to Hillary.