Wilders attends chaotic first day of Republican Convention

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Geert Wilders at the first day of the Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, 18 July 2016 (Photo: @geertwilderspvv/Twitter). Geert Wilders at the first day of the Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, 18 July 2016 (Photo: @geertwilderspvv/Twitter)

On Monday, American time, over 50 thousand people gathered in Cleveland, Ohio for the start of the Republican convention. Among them is PVV leader Geert Wilders, who was pleased as punch to see Trump be officially named the Republican candidate for U.S. president, despite opposition in the Republican party trying to stop it.

"In America you see the same happening as in the Netherlands. The hard working people, what they call the blue collar workers here, no longer feel represented by the political elite. That people no longer want the policy of open borders, immigration and Islamization", Wilders said to Dutch newspaper the Telegraaf.

Wilders was recognized by some, others had to ask who he is. "He's a bit like that story from the Netherlands with that little boy with his finger in the dike. So he tries to stop the misery in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe", a woman in her fifties said to the newspaper. But not all were in favor of his visit. "Was that Geert Wilders from Holland?" a passerby with a anti-Trump sign asked. "Another guy just trying to divide the world instead of uniting. Let hims stay in Holland."

The first day of the Republican convention was relatively chaotic, with the anti-Trump camp demanding the opportunity to support other candidates. They demanded a roll call vote on the plan, so that representatives of all States can have their say, according to NU.nl. The party leaders declared that there was too little support for such a vote, leading to much shouting and the Colorado delegation, among others, walking out.

Trump was officially named the Republican presidential candidate. There's not much chance of his opponents stopping him, as he got more than enough delegates behind him during the primaries.

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