Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during...

Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention from Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington on Monday. Credit: AFP / Olivier Douliery via Getty Images

What happened:

  • Parkland father Andrew Pollack, who grew up in Oceanside, praised President Donald Trump on the first night of the Republican National Convention. Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed in the 2018 Parkland shooting, said he believes the "safety of your kids depends" on whether Trump wins a second term.
  • In a surprise opening-day appearance in Charlotte, Trump questioned the integrity of the election, saying, "The only way they can take this election away from us is if this is a rigged election."
  • Stepping into the spotlight Monday night were Sen. Tim Scott and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley — rising Republican stars, both people of color, who gave an optimistic view of Trump's leadership.
  • Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were formally nominated for a second term on the first day of the RNC, as its official business was conducted in Charlotte.
  • Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who were arrested after pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters marching past their home, staunchly defended themselves at the convention. Mark McCloskey said no one from "the mob" outside their home was charged, but "They've actually charged us with felonies for daring to defend our home."

Monday updates

Georgia lawmaker, Herschel Walker vouch for Trump

A Black Democratic lawmaker in Georgia's state legislature says he's supporting President Donald Trump because they've made improvements benefiting the Black community.

During the opening night of Republicans’ convention Monday, state Rep. Vernon Jones said “all hell broke loose” when he announced his support for Trump. But Jones said he stands by his decision in part because Trump has backed initiatives including increased funding for HBCUs, criminal justice reform and “the most inclusive economy ever.“

Jones says, “The Democratic Party does not want Black people to leave the mental plantation” on which they’ve toiled. He added, “Black voices are becoming more woke and louder than ever.”

Earlier, former NFL star Herschel Walker said “it hurts my soul” to hear anyone refer to Trump as a racist, adding it’s “a personal insult that people would think I would have a 37-year friendship with a racist.” — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

RNC chair says she's a 'real housewife'

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel is scoffing at Democrats’ choice of actor Eva Longoria to host one night of their convention, suggesting they couldn't find a "real housewife."

McDaniel dismissed Longoria, a star of "Desperate Housewives," on Monday as a "famous Hollywood actress who played a housewife on TV." McDaniel said, "I'm actually a real housewife and a mom from Michigan."

It echoed a comment made by Trump last month when he warned "The Suburban Housewives of America" in a tweet that a Joe Biden presidency would "destroy your neighborhood." He warned of an "invasion" and said he had scrapped a program to allow "low income housing" in the suburbs.

But McDaniel herself is an executive with a full-time job running a nationwide political organization with a multimillion-dollar budget. — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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