Hours after calling Ohio Governor John Kasichs choice to skip the convention embarrassing, Donald Trumps campaign chairman insisted that the party was unified.”>
CLEVELAND Donald Trumps campaign chairman Paul Manafort drew a series of boos from the crowd this morning when he said on MSNBCs Morning Joe that Ohio Governor John Kasich was making a big mistake by not attending the Republican National Convention.
He is looking at something that is not going to happen. He is hurting his state. He is embarrassing his state, frankly, Manafort said in Kasichs state.
Despite the bumpy start for the coronation of a candidate who has been historically divisive, Manafort insisted to reporters this morning that the party was unified.
We think the party is getting unified, Manafort, in his traditional pinstripe suit, told the press, adding that the selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as vice president would accelerate that process.
Yet even as he was portraying a unified front, Manafort couldnt help but take digs at the Republican party establishment as both President Bushes and the partys two most recent presidential nominees, John McCain and Mitt Romeny are all sitting out the Republican convention.
Certainly the Bush family, while we would have liked to have them, theyre part of the past, were dealing with the future, Manafort said of their lack of attendance at the convention.
Manafort also revealed that Trump will be flying to Cleveland on Monday to introduce his wife Melanias remarks at the convention. The presumptive Republican nominee plans to walk with her and speak briefly before her address, after which they will both fly back to New York City before Trump returns on Wednesday.
In the aftermath of another police shooting in Baton Rouge on Sunday, Manafort defended Trumps acerbic criticism of the Obama administration (this morning Trump suggested that theres something going on when the president speaks about these shootings).
During a breakfast discussion with reporters this morning, Manafort said that unrest and any potential protests in Cleveland would ultimately benefit Trump.
Frankly, that impact will probably help the campaign because its going to show a lawlessness and lack of respect for political discourse, Manafort suggested.