The beginning of the Republican National Convention has been tumultuous to say the least. So far, the first couple days have given rise to a flap over a potentially plagiarized speech, a last ditch floor battle intended to embarrass the front-runner, and a slew of passionate speeches addressing everything from a rise of crime and the failure of the immigration system.
For Skylar, an AirTalk caller from El Segundo, the rhetoric used during the first days of the convention have felt alienating.
“I’m an African-American [and] watching the convention yesterday, I felt that I was watching so much white anger,” he said. “The biggest cheers and applause came from things that personally I feel were direct attacks to me and minority communities.”
Charles Moran, a Trump delegate from South L.A., assured listeners that the California delegation contains people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
“California really does represent the broad spectrum of the conservative rainbow with the diversity of our state and with our ideology,” he said.
Moran is representing California’s 44th Congressional district in South Los Angeles. He has also served as the president of California’s chapter of Log Cabin Republicans, a PAC that advocates for gay Republicans and their allies.
He did not see the events of the night as divisive.
“The mood on the floor at the RNC is so positive in support of Donald Trump and Governor Pence, and I just can’t think of a time when our party has been more unified at a convention like this,” Moran said.
As a gay Republican, Moran did express limited reservations with the party’s vice presidential nominee. As governor of Indiana. Pence signed into law the state’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” which was widely decried as permitting discrimination against the LGBT community.
However, Moran emphasized that Pence’s reaction to the criticism showed that he will be a unifying force if elected.
“He ended up reversing parts of the law that were the most extreme...which is an admission that he understood what was at stake here,” Moran said.
“That’s important. It shows a balanced role of government, that he is a leader who is going to build consensus. That’s exactly what he did.”
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Scott Shafer, reporter for KQED, he joins us from the RNC
Carl Sferrazza Anthony, First Ladies and presidential families historian and author of many books including the multi-volume “First Ladies: The Saga of the Presidents' Wives and Their Power”
Ange-Marie Hancock, associate professor of political science and gender studies at USC
Jack Pitney, professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College
Kendal Unruh, “Free the Delegates” group opposed to Donald Trump; RNC Rules Committee member and a Republican Delegate from Colorado who attempted a rules change for delegate voters; Seven-time convention delegate; in her professional life, Unruh is a high school teacher of American Government
Charles Moran, a Republican political strategist and the Immediate Past Chairman of the California Log Cabin Republicans, an organization representing gay conservatives and their allies; he is a Trump delegate for California’s 44th district which includes South Los Angeles.