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By Stump Connolly

9 AM – Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, says Ohio Gov. John Kasich is “embarrassing his state” by not setting foot in the convention hall. Kasich tells NBC it will be a cold day in hell before he does.

2 PM – Bedlam on the convention floor. Chair refuses to allow roll call vote on adoption of rules, leaves podium. Colorado delegation walks out. Chair returns. Band starts up to signify it is time to move on.

7:30 PM – Scott Baio (Chachi from “Happy Days”) gives a speech. “Is Donald Trump a messiah? No, he’s just a man, a man who wants to give back to his country.” Tells CNN later that Trump invited him to speak in the green room at a Fox News appearance last Thursday. “Guys like me don’t get to do this kind of stuff often,” he says.

8 PM – Anthony Sabato Jr., the Calvin Klein underwear model who followed Baio on stage, tells ABC News he “absolutely” believes President Obama is a Muslim. “I don’t believe the guy is a Christian. I don’t believe he follows the God that I love and the Jesus that I love.”

8:15 PM – A tearful mother of Sean Smith (computer tech killed at Benghazi) and two soldiers who were in the nearby barracks reduce six Congressional investigations and 12 hours of Clinton testimony to the conclusion Hillary Clinton killed her son.

9 PM – Donald Trump appears in silhouette against misty background to introduce his wife. * High point of the evening.

9:30 PM – Melania Trump plagiarizes Michelle Obama speech to the 2008 Democratic convention.

10 PM – Retired Gen. Michael Flynn, appointed to the Defense Intelligence Agency by Obama (then fired), gives fiery speech to half-empty arena. Says Hillary should be thrown in jail for using her email server. Leads crowd in chants of “Lock Her Up!”

Convention adjourns.

We’re off to a great start.


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