Delegates display a banner in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as the Republican National Committee opens the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. / AFP / Robyn BECK
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True to form, Trump himself provided the first curveball of the week, announcing he will make an unexpected swing to the convention hall Monday night to introduce his wife, Melania, on the first night of speeches.However, the speakers highlight the wedge Trump's candidacy has driven through the GOP.When House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke to Wisconsin delegates Monday morning, he made no mention of Trump in his remarks. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a vanquished Trump rival, planned several public appearances but wasn't going to step inside the Quicken Loans Arena.Disaffected delegates continued to try to derail Trump.All delegates are due to vote Monday afternoon on the rules that will govern the convention week, and insurgent delegates are circulating a petition to force a state-by-state vote – a threat to disrupt floor proceedings even if it fails.Trump's campaign dismissed the effort.The roll call vote on the nomination is expected Tuesday, with Trump scheduled to close the convention with an acceptance speech late Thursday.Trump has sought to capitalize on the mood by casting himself as the "law and order candidate" and blasting Democrats for weak leadership in a crisis.Several hundred Donald Trump supporters gathered Monday for the first major pro-Trump rally in the convention city.
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