What was once thought by many as impossible is now official.
Donald Trump completed his transition from business tycoon and reality TV star to politician when he was officially named the Republican’s nominee for president.
Thanks to a bit of procedural manoeuvring, it was New York that gave him the winning margin in the state-by-state roll call vote. His oldest son, Donald Trump Jr. made it official.
“Congratulations, Dad, we love you,” he said.
As a band blared the song New York, New York, the jumbo screens in the arena proclaimed “Over the Top” with exploding gold fireworks.
Trump is expected to accept the nomination on Thursday.
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan urged delegates to unite behind Trump, a day after an anti-Trump faction made one last attempt at blocking Trump from getting the nomination before ultimately failing.
While Tuesday’s theme was supposed to be “Make America Work Again” most of the speakers focused instead on Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee for president.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie held a mock trial for Clinton as the crowd chanted “lock her up.”
“We cannot promote someone to commander-in-chief who has made the world a more violent and dangerous place with every bad judgment she has made,” Christie said.
Clinton’s use of a private email account while she was serving as Secretary of State opened the door to an FBI investigation that nearly ended with an indictment. Instead, FBI Director James Comey said Clinton was “extremely careless” but found her actions didn’t warrant criminal prosecution.
The email scandal wasn’t the only source of criticism on Tuesday.
Donald Trump Jr. warned Clinton would “take your guns away” and, Dr. Ben Carson linked Hillary Clinton to the late “Rules for Radicals” author Saul Alinsky and, by extension, Lucifer, who Alinsky mentioned in his book while RNC co-chair Sharon Day and businesswoman Kimberlin Brown, accused Clinton of covering up sexual misconduct by President Bill Clinton.
It was the second day in a row Trump’s family spoke at the convention. The Trump’s are scheduled to speak during all four days of the convention.
Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump’s youngest daughter, told some personal stories about her father.
Her father is a “natural-born encourager” who has motivated her to work hard, she said.
His son Donald Trump Jr. described him as his best friend and role model.
“When people tell him it can’t be done, that guarantees it will get done,” he said of his father.
For the second day in a row there were accusations of plagiarism leveled against the Trump’s over a speech.
It was revealed that parts of Donald Trump Jr.’s speech came from an article that previously appeared in the journal The American Conservative. However, the article’s author, FH Buckley, said it was not plagiarism, as Buckley himself acted as one of the family’s speechwriters.
Meanwhile, the plagiarism story continues to swirl around Melania Trump, Donald Trump’s wife.
Her speechwriter was fired over the incident, but revealed his version didn’t include the passages that closely resembled the 2008 speech by Michelle Obama.
Trump’s campaign team said Melania Trump used “common words” and accused the Clinton campaign of stoking the controversy.
If Trump is going to win the presidency this fall he will need to improve his polling numbers with black and Latino voters.
Some polls have put Trump at zero per cent in some swing states among black voters.
Dr. Ben Carson who ran against Trump in the Republican primary, he told AM980’s Andrew Lawton the Republicans have done a poor job reaching out to black voters.
“They don’t see any place else to go and it’s a great opportunity right now for the Republican party to reach out and talk about ways that you empower people, and that’s what you’re going to hear coming out of the Trump group.”
Carson appeared at a reception held Tuesday by Florida’s black Republican caucus.
Former Apprentice contestant and reality TV star Omarosa was also at the reception. She was recently named Trump’s director of African-American outreach.
Omarosa told Andrew Lawton she knows who the real Donald Trump is.
“I’ve known him and I’ve seen him do these gestures that are never reported where people don’t know about. I can speak personally to things that I’ve seen him do and people that I’ve seen him help from all walks of life that rarely make the headlines.”
Andrew Lawton will be reporting from Cleveland for the duration of the convention.
Wednesday’s theme at the convention in Cleveland will be to “Make America First Again” and will feature Trump’s running mate, Indiana governor Mike Pence.