It is official! Donald Trump is officially the Republican nominee for President!
Trump addressed the convention briefly in videotaped remarks, thanking them for formally nominating him as the party’s White House candidate. ”
“This is a movement, but we have to go all the way,” he said.
For Trump, the celebrations were a much-needed opportunity to regroup after a chaotic convention kickoff that included a plagiarism charge involving wife Melania Trump’s address on opening night.
There were no such missteps on Tuesday, but many said the event was void of the glitzy, Hollywood touch Trump promised, with a series of Republican officials parading on stage to level sharp, but repetitive, criticisms of Clinton.
Many more Republican leaders stayed away from the convention, still wary of being associated with the divisive candidate and unsure how his nomination impacts their own political futures.
The crowd gathered in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland reflected the growing dissatisfaction among some Republicans with party elites. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been a lukewarm supporter of Trump, was greeted with a smattering of boos as he took the stage.
It was one of the occasional flurries of dissent on the convention floor, including jeers as states that Trump did not win recorded their votes during the nominating roll call vote.
Trump was put over the top by his home state of New York. Four of his children joined the state’s delegation on the convention floor for the historic moment and appeared overwhelmed with emotion.
Tiffany Trump, the candidate’s 22-year-old daughter, sprinkled her remarks with rarely heard anecdotes about her father, including the handwritten notes he left on her childhood report cards.
“My dad is a natural born encourager, the last person to ever tell you to lower your sights,” she said.