Donald Trump’s week

It’s a big week for Donald Trump with his endorsement an expected formality at the end of the Republican convention being held in Cleveland, Ohio.

NBC News:

Welcome to Day One of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The city is set to welcome about 50,000 people for the week-long event that will end with the nomination of businessman Donald Trump according to the RNC, including 2,470 delegates, 2,302 alternate delegates.

Speakers for Monday include Melania Trump, wife of the presumptive GOP nominee, Ret. Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson and actor Scott Baio.

Politics is done on a very large scale in the US. There will be a lot of media coverage, and it won’t all be positive for Trump but he has achieved a lot more than many had predicted not that long ago.

One bit of news going around yesterday was that Mike Pence was not Trumps choice as running mate but was pushed on him as the Republican Party tries to put a semblance of reasonableness on his campaign. Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich will be feeling a bit disappointed.

There are likely to be many mixed feelings at the convention.

The Trump machine has left a lot of people GOP smashed.

Real guns good, toy guns bad

Only in the USA – at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio it will be legal to openly carry real firearms, but toy guns won’t be allowed.

Wall Street Journal:

Ahead of GOP Convention, Cleveland Officials Affirm Protesters May Carry Guns

But water guns, toy guns, knives, aerosol cans, rope, tennis balls are barred

Cleveland officials said Wednesday that they will uphold the right of protesters at the Republican National Convention to carry firearms even as they expressed opposition to the state’s open carry laws.

Speaking to reporters in advance of the Republican National Convention next week, both Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and police Chief Calvin Williams said they were bound by the state’s laws allowing people to carry guns even if they disagreed with them.

“Our intent is to follow the law. And if the law says you can have open carry, that’s what it says. Whether I agree with it or not is another issue,” said Mayor Jackson in a press conference.

That was a sentiment also echoed by the city’s police chief. Asked if he would prefer that people be prevented from carrying weapons at the Republican National convention, Chief Williams said, “Of course.”

“It’s the law in this state. As police chief, I’m bound to uphold the law in this state,” he added.

The group Oath Keepers said this week that they would appear at the RNC armed, while the chairman of the New Black Panther Party also said that his group may carry weapons at an event designed to protest police brutality in advance of the RNC. Event organizers of the police brutality event later said that no armed demonstrators were expected.

Just to make sure that nothing bad happens:

Cleveland has banned a wide array of items inside a broad zone in downtown Cleveland around the convention site, including water guns, toy guns, knives, aerosol cans, rope, tennis balls and others.

But because of Ohio’s open carry laws, protesters who legally own a firearm will be allowed to carry it near the convention center.

This doesn’t make sense.

I’m sure carrying ropes, tennis balls and water guns is not illegal generally under Ohio laws.

The right to carry them probably isn’t enshrined in law though.

However it seems very odd that safe things can be banned and firearms can’t.