By Kristian Jaime
On the third night of the Republican National Convention (RNC), Donald Trump officially won the nomination.
New York, the candidate’s home state, finally put him over the top to garner 1,237 delegates. The vote took place despite efforts by those in the #NeverTrump movement to change convention rules to allow delegates to vote independently of their individual state results.
“Getting the party’s nomination is something I will never forget. A little over one year ago, I announced my candidacy…together we have achieved the largest vote total in the history of the party. This is a movement, but we have to go all the way,” Trump said.
If the first night of the RNC was about national and international security, day 2 was about putting America back to work. Speakers included: Sharon Day, Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee, Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (WI-1), Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie and Dr. Ben Carson, neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate.
“Having received the majority of [delegate] votes entitled to be cast at a convention, [Donald Trump] has been selected as the Republican nominee for President of the United States,” said House Speaker Ryan (WI-1).
The Republican National Committee also used tonight as an opportunity to soften Trump’s image by having delegates hear from his children Donald Trump Jr. and Tiffany Trump, daughter of Marla Maples.
“His desire is contagious and he brings that out in others starting with those closest to him. He always helped me to be the best version of myself by encouragement and by example. He always said work my hardest and stay true to myself,” said Trump about her father.
Heavy hitters from the right took aim at the Obama Administration’s economic record and painted a Clinton presidency as a continuation of Obama’s policies. Citing the loss of American jobs and an increasingly struggling middle class, Republicans pointed to Trump’s success as an entrepreneur.
Speakers downplayed less than stellar deals in the mogul’s past not mentioning the bankruptcies filed by the Trump Group or Trump International.
Tiffany Trump spoke about introducing her friends to her father, especially those with “preconceived notions” of who he might be. According to the recent college graduate, they would be surprised by how personable he could be.
Before long, it was back to hammering President Obama on lackluster economic numbers. The White House touted recent data indicating the economy added 287,000 jobs in June with labor force participation rising. Yet Republicans decried the President’s effort to squeeze the middle class with legislation like the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“Hillary Clinton praised China for buying American debt to finance [President Obama’s] bloated stimulus plan. She was so desperate for Chinese cash that she promised to oppose the ‘Buy American’ provision in the stimulus bill,” Gov. Christie said.
Democrats have their turn at finalizing their nominee in Philadelphia on July 25-28. They too will seek party unity despite former Vermont Governor Bernie Sanders formally endorsing Hillary Clinton and some supporters not sold on the former Secretary of State.