Former Trump Opponent Predicts A Well-run Convention

John Green of the University of Akron moderates Friday's panel at the City Club of Cleveland with Jim Gilmore, Susan Page and David Wilhelm. [photo: Matt Richmond / ideastream]

When Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee, he said he wanted the party’s convention to be entertaining. Party officials have not specified what exactly will happen inside the Q during those four days but at least one of Donald Trump’s former primary opponents thinks the presumptive nominee knows what he’s doing.

Jim Gilmore is a former governor of Virginia, former chair of the Republican National Committee and one of Trump’s opponents during this year’s Republican primary. He said during a Friday appearance at the City Club of Cleveland that Trump’s critics who have questioned the planning for next week’s convention keep mistakenly comparing him to past candidates.

“It may not be scripted the way the Bushes always scripted everything and I participated in some of that. That was awful. It was very, very carefully scripted. This is disorganized somewhat because Trump did not run a classic campaign in modern America. Modern America has changed,” says Gilmore.

He said one thing Trump understands about politics today is that it’s become about entertainment more than anything. Trump has had trouble attracting leaders from the Republican Party to his convention – past presidential candidates Mitt Romney and John McCain will not be attending. Former presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush will also pass.

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