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thursday. >> good, sheena, thank you. up next, "nbc nightly news" with lester holt followed by nbc's rnc special from the convention at 7:00. tonight, republican civil war. the gop convention erupts into chaos. pandemonium has never trump protesters. kasich is embarrassing state. tonight kasich responds in an exclusive interview with nbc news. mind of a killer who targeted an assassinated police officers in baton rouge. inside his twisted history. olympics bombshell, the world's anti-doping agency calls for the entire russian team to be banned from rio. unprecedented in the history of the games. and center stage, she could be the next first lady of the
united states, tonight melania trump steps into the spotlight on the world stage. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: tonight "nightly news with lester holt" reporting tonight from cleveland. a dramatic start to the republican national convention, an old-fashioned floor fight, but it may be the last gasp of a movement that has dogged trump during the primaries. it's enough to highlight the deep divisions in the party. our team is all here, we're going to kick off our coverage with more on today's drama and nbc's hallie jackson. >> reporter: drama, like we haven't seen in decades. >> delegates who have
been elected to this convention. >> reporter: a revolt from grass roots republicans hosting a furious floor fight. the entire colorado delegation walking off. >> they cheated. i mean that's what you just saw, you saw them violate their own rules. >> this is not a meeting of the republican national committee. this is a meeting of brown shirts. >> reporter: all of it airing live, exactly what the trump campaign had hoped to avoid. is there anything like this in recent memory? >> only in 1976, so that goes way back. >> reporter: brushed off by the campaign, as a disgruntled mean north, they hope to undercut him by showing how unpopular he is. about six in ten republicans not satisfied with the nominee. some republicans not showing up at all. not on stage, any of the bush family,
vulnerable senators skipping out. >> besides it's a lot nicer here than cleveland. with all due respect to cleveland. >> reporter: in a week meant to bring the party together, far from a unifying start as trump's top aid hilts former rival and fellow republican john kasich, ohio's governor who will not attend. >> he chose not to and we think that's a wrong decision. >> reporter: bob dole, who endorsed trump will be here, the only former gop nominee to attend, telling nbc's andrea mitchell. >> they decided not to come. so that's their choice. but i bet they watch it on tv. >> reporter: more than unity, this week's also about proving trump is presidential material, stronger on national security, which is why speakers tonight with hammer hillary clinton on benghazi, the focus on law and order, and true to trump form, a little show biz on the
side. >> i understand the kind of life he's lived and being in business and being a ceo so i have always looked up to him. >> reporter: as what's typically a party infomercial, donald trump selling himself. a lot of the action came from the colorado delegation, sitting about as far from the stage as you can possibly get, maybe no coincidence that this is their view of melania trump who will be headlining tonight. not tradition to see the candidate on the first night. >> and governor john kasich is laughing off the suggestion that he's embarrassing his state by skipping the convention. the ohio governor defending his decision and mentioning that the decision will go over well with ohio voters. this afternoon just blocks from the que arena, john kasich, thanking police.
but this the governor told me this is about ass close as he plans to get to the convention itself. >> if donald trump called you up right now and said bye gones be bygones. >> we can't be attacked by muslims and hispanics and trying to shut down trade and not caring about the debt. those are all problems for me. i don't hold any personal animus towards trump. we are just two companies that hold different values and different philosophies. >> you know what? he's making a big mistake. >> paul manafort campaign manager for donald trump saying you're embarrassing your state by not attending the con investigati convention, does that offend you? >> people in the state still like me, that's just politics.
part of our conversation with governor kasich today, he said it's too early to know whether he will make another white house run in 2020. with us here and throughout these conventions, chuck todd and savannah guthrie here. give us your take on that fight today with the anybody but trump movement? >> it didn't end in a surprising way what was the way i expect it it to end. go back to paul mana fort, crashing the government on his first day, and then this, together, it's not the way you would have wanted to have the pictures of night one if you're donald trump. >> it's just the beginning, savannah will people be talking about this throughout? and what will the
mission of this convention be? >> a lot of eyeballs and maybe even more so because trump is such a phenomenon and not a traditional candidate. but this is an opportunity for the trump campaign to make an affirmative message for trump. we have seen in poll after poll that hillary clinton has negative numbers, they don't need as much help on the negative side, they do need help having a positive message for trump. 60% saying that he's unqualified to hold the presidency. they have really got to reassure people tonight. >> to speak to those who are dissatisfied, speak to those who stood out here today? >> i've been going back to what does he do tonight? if he reacts to this afternoon in his remarks tonight when he introduced melania, that is just going to add fuel to the fire. so you would think, oh, he'll never do that. but it's donald trump, and he's going to have seen the pictures, he's going to be
upset. >> he traditionally doesn't give ground. >> no, exactly, and he doesn't like to let something go. he usually wants to go back at it. we'll see what he does. i had one supporter said i wish he would just abide by a new hash tag, never tweet. this is someone who likes donald trump. >> you talked about it on the "today" show. do you think he will give ground? >> i'm not exactly sure. it's not exactly in his brand, it's not exactly what people expect from him. but this is a big moment and i have to imagine as we walk out on this stage, here we are in this convention hall, that that whether all weigh in. this isn't a raucous rally. i think he will probably feel that he needs to step up to the moment. >> savannah and chuck, we will be seeing a lot of you the next four days. as the drama plays out outside of this arena, a heavy police presence as protesters take to the streets.
stephanie gosk is at one of those rallies. >> reporter: this is one of the largest demonstrations that we have seen today, instead of the thousands of people that were predicted, there really are only hundreds here, but you get a sense of how police have been handling the protesters throughout the day as well. really standing on the side and allowing these rallies to take place and then end very naturally. there have only been two arrests and we have been looking for people carrying guns as well. there were fears with ohio's open carry that there would be more people. we have seen from across the political spectrum, a group of bikers from across the country, pro trump as well as black lives matter activists, but the fear that this is going to erupt into violence the first day of the convention so far seem unwarranted. meantime trump's rival hillary clinton is throwing some counter punches,
speaking at the naacp convention, she says trump will worsen the divide in this country she also criticized him for declining to speak at that event. she also talked about the shootings by police saying, quote, this madness has to stop. brings us to another story we're following, the ambush of police in baton rouge, louisiana, police say these officers were targeted and assassinated. we're learning more about the shooter after what he left behind. >> reporter: today in chilling detail, authorities describe how gavin long, on his 29th birthday targeted cops. >> this was a diabolical attack on the very fabric of society. >> about 9:00 a.m. on sunday, long was carrying two rifles and a 9 millimeter handgun. he walked around the building where he snuck up behind three
officers, shooting them at close range and killing them. >> shots fired, officer down. >> reporter: the gunman then ran, before stopping to shoot other officers. a s.w.a.t. team finally shot him dead from 100 yards away. >> i could not be prouder of my s.w.a.t. team, we have been questioned about our militarized tactics because we are up against a force that is not playing by the rules. >> reporter: a former marine sergeant, long once deployed to iraq for six months. >> because i'm an alpha male. >> reporter: he advocated violence following the police-involve shooting death of alston sterling two week ago. >> police 100% have been successfulthrough fighting back. >> reporter: long recently posted video of himself walking the streets of dallas, just three days after five cops were shot and killed in that city. >> why did he come to baton rouge?
why did he pick baton rouge? why did he pick that location right there. >> reporter: brad garofolo, matthew gerald, a rookie, and matthew jackson, a ten-year veteran of the police force and a new father. >> he died serving baton rouge. i just hope we can come together as one. >> reporter: a sheriff's deputy was wounded here at this lot. he's in critical condition. overseas, some terrifying moments aboard a train in germany, where police say a suspect with an ax and a knife attacked passengers, severely injuring at least three of them. ten to 20 others have nonlife threatening injure injuries. the attacker described as a 17-year-old
afghan refugee. a third police officer has been found not guilty in a case that sparked riots in baltimore. now the highest ranking officer to be acquitted in freddie gray's death. six officers were charged, two have yet to be tried, one of the cases resulted in mistrial. at the white house today, president obama awarded the medal of honor to a hero chopper pilot from the vietnam war. retired army lieutenant colonel charles kettles is credited with saving four u.s. troops during a 1967 ambush, that included eight soldiers that could. reach evacuation helicopters. he took enemy gun fire and saved all eight in their damaged chopper. there's a lot more to tell you about here tonight. that olympics bombshell, where one team, one of usa's top rivals will be banned from rio after stunning allegations of cheating.
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first lady of the united states will take center stage. melania trump, the former model turned businesswoman, the headliner on night one of this convention, making the case for her husband. here's nbc's cynthia mcfadden. >> we have seen here, poised, sometimes fierce, always stunning, at debate after debate. but tonight, melania trump will dive into the political deep end, with a prime time speech expected to focus on her husband's softer side, as a family man. they met in the late 1990s. >> my supermodel, where's my supermodel, melania. >> reporter: married in 1995. she had rarely spoken on the road this year, by passing the role of character witness for her husband on the campaign trail, for mother back in new york. >> reporter: normal hardly seems the right word. young barron, his
mother said in parenting magazine, has his own floor in the three-floor trump penthouse. she's not your typical stay at home mother. she's posed on is cover of british "gq." but there is more than meets the eye, she speaks five languages, having grown up in then communist yugoslavia. >> she has to be the straight arrow to his zigs and zags. >> reporter: an interview for "harper's bazaar" last fall. >> reporter: what's your impression? >> she's not an ad libber, she's not a comedian, and she strikes me as somebody who's very patient with her husband's antics. >> reporter: her only advice to her husband is that he tweet less. advice he seems to not have taken. >> i tell him what i think, sometimes he
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finally tonight, there is nothing more partisan than one of these conventions. it's each party's chance to kind of show the world how they want to be seen, what they're all about. sometimes it's fun to step away from the politics and take in the pageantry, the choreography, the awkward witness sometimes. tom brokaw, who's been to a lot of these conventions, so much history, our democracy, so much is built upon these pillars, but could this convention turn politics on its ear? >> it used to be the party of captains of industry and old money, and richard nixon took it to the south, reagan to the west. now a lot of the establishment republicans are staying home, not going to be here because they can't support him.
but he's created another constituency, that will be the test. >> and when you look around, it stills looks like republicans and democratic conventions. >> the test is whether you can make what you do here newer, not just because of the setting, but because of the politics and the philosophy that you bring to this great race for the presidency. >> we're going to let our viewers know that our prime time coverage of the republican national convention, starts at 10:00 eastern time, we hope you can join us, for now that's going to do it for us on this monday night. from all of us at nbc news, thanks for watching and good nigh
>> announcer: from the escalator at trump tower. >> i am officially running for president of the united states. >> announcer: to the convention stage in cleveland. it's been a presidential campaign unlike any the other. >> i will build a great, great wall. >> announcer: this week the republicans will nominate donald trump as their presidential candidate. >> and we are going to make our country great again. >> announcer: and we're in cleveland to cover it all. you're watching nbc 10 live from the republican national convention. good evening to you, everyone. i'm jim ronf