Trying to boost his standing in minority communities, Donald Trump will embark soon on a "Hispanic engagement tour," GOP officials said Sunday.
"We have a long way to go," Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, said on "Fox News Sunday," about the party's minority voter outreach. "Donald Trump is committed to making that happen."
Trump, he said, "understands we need to grow the party – it’s the party of the open door, tone, rhetoric, spirit — all of those things matter."
Rachel Casey, the young woman who was hit by eggs at a Donald Trump rally in San Jose, is a guest of the California delegation at the Republican National Committee.
Pictures of the 29-year-old wiping egg off her face went viral after she and other Trump supporters were attacked outside of his campaign rally before California’s June 7 primary.
“She’s tough as nails,” said Tim Clark, Trump’s California director, as he introduced Casey at a Saturday night reception for the delegation. “It took a hundred protesters, and they couldn’t take her out. We asked her to come join us in Cleveland because she certainly earned it, right?”
California Republicans attending their party’s national convention arrived this weekend in Ohio to an African-themed resort, a pig roast and a challenge to a cannon-ball contest.
“I’m going to be on the water slides. I intend to take on all comers in the cannon-ball contest,” said state Party Chairman Jim Brulte as he welcomed delegates at a Saturday evening reception. “I haven’t done it for 30 years, but I bet I can take on just about any one of you.”
The stage is set. The metal security fencing has been erected around the site of the Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland. Thousands of police officers from hundreds of out-of-town agencies have been sworn in with arrest powers in the city. Police officers with dogs are patrolling the streets.
“It’s game time,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said Sunday morning, “and we’re ready for it.”
The protests have already begun in Cleveland as delegates and Republican officials arrive from all over the nation to nominate Donald Trump for president. As many as 50,000 to 100,000 visitors are expected in town, and security officials have been working for two years to figure out how best to protect them.
Donald Trump and his vice presidential pick, Mike Pence, don't always see eye to eye on issues, including trade deals or the Iraq war. That's a good thing, Republican Party Chair Reince Priebus insisted Sunday.
Priebus made the rounds of Sunday talk shows to tout the Pence pick, which was made official last week. Pence, a social conservative with a conventional political resume, is a "good juxtaposition" with Trump, Priebus said on CNN.
"He's a different personality," he continued. "They don't agree with each other on everything, which actually, I think, shows maturity and a pivot to the general election."