Well, the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention made it into the history books. And yeah, the five-day long coronation of Donald Trump as the party’s presidential candidate was every bit the dumpster fire that pundits predicted.
What we didn’t expect was that (a) former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle would speak and (b) she’d be the catalyst for some of those flames. Here’s today’s Raw Story post on what happened:
As former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle gave a speech promoting inroads that Republicans have made with Jewish voters, as well as ripping the Democrats for allegedly being more hostile to Israel, Trump’s alt-right followers flooded the page with anti-Semitic vitriol.
Among other things, the Trump fans wrote “Press H for Hitler,” “JOOS,” “BAN JEWS,” “OY GEVALT,” and “KIKE.”
Swell. In response, Republican officials shut down the comment feature of their livestream channel.
The RNC will be in Cleveland all week, folks. Here’s hoping there’s some semblance of a republic still standing by Friday. You can still watch their livestream channel here, but you can’t comment anymore.
2010 Photo of Linda Lingle: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge/US Navy