Republicans attending — and avoiding — Trump convention

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands on stage with his wife Melania Trump following her address to delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 18, 2016Donald Trump’s elevation to Republican presidential nominee is not to everyone’s taste in a party struggling to accept the controversial outsider as the list of those attending, and avoiding, the national convention makes clear. The fragile unity of the GOP is on display in Cleveland, where observers are reading the tea leaves in the choices Trump and the Republican leadership made in determining who addresses the party faithful. The event is hardly the glittery showbiz spectacular of A-listers that Trump had repeatedly hinted at, after the former reality television star derided previous conventions as “boring” and stiff.

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