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On Thursday night, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel made history by becoming the first speaker at a Republican National Convention to declare that he was "proud to be gay." Thiel made headlines earlier this year when he confirmed to The New York Times that he personally spent $10 million to secretly fund a controversial lawsuit by wrestler Hulk Hogan against Gawker Media. Hogan sued the company for invasion of privacy after Gawker posted a sex tape, and in May a jury awarded the wrestler $140 million, forcing Gawker to declare bankruptcy. Thiel set his eyes on Gawker after the site published a 2007 article headlined "Peter Thiel is totally gay, people." We are joined by Sam Biddle, technology reporter at The Intercept, formerly at Gawker, who has followed Thiel closely.
As delegates and media workers filed into the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday ahead of Donald Trump’s big night, a group of young Cleveland activists gathered near the gates of the RNC to protest Republican Party priorities they say have decimated their city—economic policies that left thousands unemployed and blighted neighborhoods, racial discrimination that’s made Cleveland one of the most segregated cities in the U.S., and a police force that infamously shot dead African American Tamir Rice within two seconds of pulling up next to the boy as he held an airsoft BB gun. We spoke with protesters as they held aloft posters that featured tweets decrying these policies.
This week’s Republican National Convention has taken place in the Q, which is short for the Quicken Loans Arena. We take a look at billionaire owner of Quicken Loans, Dan Gilbert. Gilbert owns casinos, is facing a pending lawsuit and has a reputation for launching attacks on journalists. Award-winning journalist Matt Taibbi explains that Quicken Loans, one of the country’s largest mortgage companies, was a "symbol" of the subprime mortgage crisis that decimated cities like Cleveland. We are joined by Peter Pattakos, Ohio attorney and publisher of the sports website Cleveland Frowns.
A Tectonic Shift in Conservative World: Trump Accepts Nomination as Roger Ailes Ousted from Fox News
When Fox News Chair Roger Ailes, amid multiple accusations of sexual harassment, resigned on the same day the Republican Party welcomed its new presidential candidate, we got reaction from several top TV news hosts who are in Cleveland covering the convention, including Jake Tapper of CNN, Shepard Smith of Fox News, Willie Geist of NBC, John Heilemann of Bloomberg and Chris Matthews of MSNBC.
In Donald Trump’s speech to accept the Republican presidential nomination, he continued to call for a ban on Muslim immigrants and spoke about how he would change U.S. policy in the Middle East. We get reaction from Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi-born activist who works with the American Friends Service Committee.
For months Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been calling for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. Since he has risen to prominence, civil rights groups have cited increasing attacks and threats against Muslims in America, often against women wearing headscarves. Muslim groups are now campaigning to register a million new voters in a bid to keep Trump out of the White House. But some American Muslims will vote for Trump. According to a survey conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 11 percent of Muslims in the U.S. are Trump supporters. We’re joined now by two guests. Saba Ahmed is president of the Republican Muslim Coalition and a Donald Trump supporter. She recently met with Trump and his vice-presidential pick, Mike Pence, here at the Republican National Convention. We also speak with Aisha Samad, who is CAIR-Cleveland’s board secretary and a longtime activist in the Muslim community in Cleveland.
CodePink’s Medea Benjamin disrupted Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention by holding up a banner reading "Build bridges, not walls!" Her protest diverted cameras away from Trump’s speech. Benjamin was removed after the disruption and says she was later interviewed by the Secret Service. Democracy Now! spoke to her on the street afterwards.
Classic Authoritarianism: In a Speech Filled with Fear & Xenophobia, Donald Trump Accepts Nomination
In a scene few would have predicted 12 or even six months ago, real estate mogul Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination. In an hour-and-15-minute speech, Trump warned the nation was facing an imminent crisis at home and abroad, and that he alone was qualified to solve it. Trump’s speech included so many factual inaccuracies that The Washington Post called it "a compendium of doomsday stats that fall apart upon close scrutiny. Numbers are taken out of context, data is manipulated, and sometimes the facts are wrong." We speak with three guests: David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author of the forthcoming book, "The Making of Donald Trump"; Jamil Smith, senior national correspondent at MTV News; and Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
- Donald Trump at RNC: I am the Solution to "Crisis for Our Nation"
- BLM Co-Founder on Trump: "This is Kind of Speech Hitler Would Make"
- Cruz on Trump: "I'm Not in Habit of Supporting People Who Attack My Wife"
- Kasich on Skipping RNC: "When You Stand on Principles, Sometimes You Stand Alone"
- VP Pick Mike Pence in 2004: "WMDs Have Been Found in Iraq"
- Roger Ailes Ousted from Fox News over Sexual Harassment Claims
- CodePink Disrupts Donald Trump Acceptance Speech
- RNC: Protesters Dispute Cops' Account of Flag Burning
- #BlackLivesMatter Protests Police Brutality in Multiple Cities
- Somerville Mayor Defies Police Union, Keeps #BLM Banner on City Hall
- France: Officials Demolish Parts of "Jungle" Camp in Calais
- Kuwaitis Give Deadline for Yemeni Factions to Reach Peace Accord
- NBA Moves All-Star Game from North Carolina over "Bathroom Bill"
- Edward Snowden Designs Phone to Protect Against Surveillance
- It May Take Years for Young Prisoners to Be Moved Out of Rikers Island
- Florida Officer Who Shot Unarmed Therapist Meant to Shoot Autistic Patient Instead
Pastor on Tamir Rice Shooting: Ohio is an Open-Carry State Except If You're an African-American Male
The Republican National Convention is underway just a few miles from the park where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot dead by police in November of 2014 while he was playing with a toy pellet gun. We speak with Rev. Dr. Jawanza Karriem Colvin, the pastor of the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, which is one of the largest African-American congregations in Cleveland, about how city officials and activists responded to the killing. He was recently profiled in a Politico report titled "The Preacher Who Took on the Police."
The Washington Post is reporting there are likely fewer black delegates at this year’s Republican convention than at any point in at least a century. According to the Republican Party’s own data, only 18 of the nearly 2,500 delegates are African-American. That’s less than 1 percent. As recently as 2004, 7 percent of Republican delegates were black. On Wednesday night, Democracy Now!’s Carla Wills tracked down some of the 18 African-American delegates.
As the new Republican platform has been described as "the most anti-LGBT platform in the party’s 162-year history," we get reaction from Charles Moran, board member with the Log Cabin Republicans, which represents LGBT conservatives and allies. He is a delegate to the Republican National Convention from California. We also speak with Alana Jochum, executive director of Equality Ohio, about how the platform opposes same-sex marriage, appears to endorse so-called conversion therapy and criticizes the Department of Education’s recommendation that schools allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.
As Indiana Governor Mike Pence accepts the Republican nomination for vice president, we look at how the religious right will respond to the man who was their "dream candidate" in 2012. "In one fell swoop, he strengthens his connections to religious right leaders and to the Koch brothers’ network," says our guest Peter Montgomery, senior fellow at People for the American Way.
Protests continued outside the RNC on Wednesday as hundreds of people gathered to erect a "Wall Against Trump," blocking the entrance to the arena with a massive cloth banner painted like a wall. The Republican Party has formally endorsed Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in the party platform.
On Wednesday, Senator Ted Cruz dominated the headlines when he refused to endorse Donald Trump during his prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention. Cruz is not the only prominent Republican to have withheld support for Trump. Many of the party’s most prominent members didn’t even show up. Democracy Now! headed to the convention floor to find out who made it to the convention and who didn’t.
Before he teamed up with Donald Trump, Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence had a history as a conservative talk radio host in which he often slammed officials caught in cheating scandals. We play an excerpt from his show and speak with Politico reporter Darren Samuelsohn, who reported on the show in his recent article, "The Old Cassettes That Explain Mike Pence." We also speak with Jeff Sharlet, associate professor of literary journalism at Dartmouth and author of the book "C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy."
As Indiana Governor Mike Pence is added to the Republican ticket as Donald Trump’s running mate, we look at his religious right-wing track record as governor of Indiana and, before then, as an Indiana congressman. "The enemy, to them, is secularism," says guest Jeff Sharlet of Pence’s faith-based supporters. "They want a God-led government." Sharlet is the author several books, including "C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy."
- Turkey: Erdogan Declares State of Emergency Amid Mass Arrests
- U.S. Strike Kills 73 Civilians in Syria, Deadliest So Far in ISIS War
- NYT: Trump Offered John Kasich VP Job Before Picking Mike Pence
- RNC: Ted Cruz Booed After Refusing to Endorse Donald Trump
- Fewer Than 1% of RNC Delegates are African-American
- Trump Adviser: "Clinton Should Be Put in the Firing Line and Shot"
- Reuters: Christie Says Trump Would Purge Obama Officials from Fed. Govt.
- Reuters: Trump Would Consider Fracking Mogul for Energy Secretary
- Trump Staffer Takes Responsibility for Plagiarizing Michelle Obama
- RNC: Protesters Erect "Wall Against Trump"
- RNC: 17 Arrested After Protester Attempted to Burn an American Flag
- Florida Police Shoot Unarmed Black Therapist Helping Autistic Man
- Activists Shut Down Police Unions & Precincts in Multiple Cities
- Federal Court Rules Against Discriminatory Voting Law in Texas
- People's Tribunal: Indonesian Government Guilty of Genocide in 1960s
- Author of "Guantánamo Diary," Held for 14 Years, Cleared for Release
- And a Correction...
Students at Case Western Reserve University, located nearly five miles from the arena hosting the RNC, are protesting the university’s decision to house 1,900 armed police officers and National Guardsmen in campus dormitories during the convention. The security officers are part of an auxiliary force assisting the Cleveland Police Department during the event. Last Monday, the university announced a virtual shutdown of its operations during the convention, citing concerns that the recent shootings in Dallas, Louisiana and Minnesota could provoke a "significant degree of conflict" in the city. We speak with Taru Taylor, Case Western Reserve University law student who co-authored a petition objecting to the police presence on campus during the RNC.