From The Associated Press:
CLEVELAND (AP) — Painting a bleak picture of America’s future, Republicans promised a new era of security with Donald Trump as president as they opened a four-day convention against the backdrop of an unsettling summer and deep party divisions.
The doom-and-gloom message of the night was offset by a warm and personal address by the candidate’s wife, Melania Trump, who made a rare turn in the political spotlight to show a kinder, gentler side of her brash husband.
“If you want someone to fight for you and your country, I can assure you, he is the guy,” Mrs. Trump said in her highest profile appearance of the presidential campaign. Her husband made a brief, but showy entrance, into the convention call to introduce her, emerging from shadows and declaring to cheers, “We’re going to win, we’re going to win so big.”
Mrs. Trump was the first of several family members and friends who will take the stage in Cleveland during the convention that officially kicks of the businessman’s general election battle with Democrat Hillary Clinton. But many of the party’s past and future stars are glaringly missing from the lineup, underscoring the concerns GOP leaders have with closely aligning themselves with Trump.
Republican divisions erupted briefly on the convention floor Monday afternoon after party officials adopted rules by a shouted voice vote. Anti-Trump forces seeking to derail his nomination responded with loud and angry chants, though they were quickly quieted and there were no lingering signs of the protests as delegates returned to the cavernous convention hall for the evening program.
Trump hoped the chaos would be little more than a footnote. Despite persistent party divisions, his campaign is confident Republicans will come …