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GOP begins virtual convention tonight to celebrate cult of Trump

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US News: US Republicans begin their four-day virtual convention on Monday night with family drama roiling the Grand Old Party.

WASHINGTON: US Republicans begin their four-day virtual convention on Monday night with family drama roiling the Grand Old Party Dubbed the Trumpublican Convention because it ostensibly celebrates the cult of Trump with the opening day featuring almost every member of the President’s brood and its fanboys as speakers at the expense of party stalwarts, the event is being buffeted by turmoil not only within the larger Trump family, but also in families of two prominent Trump supporters.In an extraordinary case, the plaintive cry of a 15-year old daughter for help and attention has caused Kelly Anne Conway, the President’s longtime aide and senior counselor, to announce that she is leaving the White House at the end of the month to attend to family matters. Her husband George Conway, who is as ferociously anti-Trump as his wife is a fierce Trump defender, has also said he is stepping back from political activity to attend to the family.”I will be transitioning from the White House at the end of this month. George is also making changes. We disagree about plenty but we are united on what matters most: the kids,” Kellyanne Conway said in a statement, explaining, “Our four children are teens and ‘tweens starting a new academic year, in middle school and high school, remotely from home for at least a few months. As millions of parents nationwide know, kids ‘doing school from home’ requires a level of attention and vigilance that is as unusual as these times.”It is not unusual in the US for bedfellows to make strange politics (most famously James Carville and Mary Matalin, married to each other, staffed opposing party campaigns in 1992). But Conway couple’s political loyalties are so intense that it had caused their 15-year daughter to repeatedly go public about discord at home, including seeking “emancipation” from her parents and asking to be adopted by liberal firebrand congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.The parents finally put politics on the backburner after Claudia – who has called Trump an “effing idiot” — threatened to run away on finding out her mother was listed to speak at the…

Chidanand Rajghatta

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