Republicans are gathering in Cleveland to formally nominate Donald Trump for President. The Republican National Convention begins Monday with four days of made-for-television speeches and events. Political observers are watching closely to see whether or not the GOP will coalesce around Trump or not.
That certainly won't be a problem for Leo Phillips. He'll be one of the delegates from western North Carolina making the trip to Cleveland. Phillips is an attorney from Murphy who's active in local politics and even does his own weekly radio show on a conservative talk station out of Young Harris, Georgia, just south of the border with North Carolina. He'll be one of three delegates selected from the 11th Congressional District, a seat in Congress currently held by Republican Rep. Mark Meadows. Meadows will be attending as well, despite his earlier endorsement of Ted Cruz. But Phillips has been on board with Trump's candidacy for a long time after initially supporting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
Phillips spoke with me by phone on Thursday about his support for Trump and about the trip to Cleveland. The full interview is above.