Trump tri­umphs: He’s GOP’s man

‘Dad, we love you,’ says son as votes end a stun­ning cam­paign

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - JULIE PACE

United for a night, Repub­li­cans nom­i­nated Don­ald Trump Tues­day as their pres­i­den­tial stan­dard-bearer, cap­ping the bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man’s stun­ning takeover of the GOP and pro­pel­ling him into a Novem­ber face­off with Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Trump’s cam­paign hoped the for­mal nomination would both end the dis­cord surg­ing through the Re­pub­li­can Party and over­shadow the con­ven­tion’s chaotic kick­off, in­clud­ing a pla­gia­rism charge in­volv­ing Melania Trump’s ad­dress on open­ing night.

“United we stand, di­vided we fall,” said Johnny McMa­han, a Trump del­e­gate from Arkansas.

There were flur­ries of dis­sent on the con­ven­tion floor as states that Trump did not win recorded their votes, but he far out­dis­tanced his ri­vals.

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.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions, Dad, we love you,” de­clared Don­ald Trump Jr., his el­dest son.

Some del­e­gates em­pha­sized the need for a tele­vised dis­play of party unity af­ter the deeply di­vi­sive GOP pri­mary.

But Colorado’s Ken­dal Un­ruh, a leader of the anti-Trump forces, called the con­ven­tion a “sham” and warned party lead­ers that their ef­forts to si­lence op­po­si­tion would keep some Repub­li­cans on the side­lines in the fall cam­paign against Clin­ton.

This week’s four-day con­ven­tion is Trump’s high­est-pro­file op­por­tu­nity to con­vince vot­ers that he’s bet­ter suited for the pres­i­dency than Clin­ton, who will be of­fi­cially nom­i­nated at next week’s Demo­cratic gath­er­ing.

But the rocky start raises fresh ques­tions about his over­sight of his cam­paign, which gives vot­ers a win­dow into how a can­di­date might han­dle the pres­sures of the pres­i­dency.

The pla­gia­rism ac­cu­sa­tions cen­tre on Monday night’s speech by Trump’s wife. Two pas­sages from Mrs. Trump’s ad­dress — each 30 words or longer — matched a 2008 Demo­cratic con­ven­tion ad­dress by Michelle Obama nearly word-for-word.

Trump’s cam­paign in­sisted there was no ev­i­dence of pla­gia­rism, but of­fered no ex­pla­na­tion.

The mat­ter con­sumed news cover­age from Cleve­land, ob­scur­ing Mrs. Trump’s broader ef­fort to show her hus­band’s softer side.

Clin­ton pounced on the tu­mult, say­ing the Re­pub­li­can gath­er­ing had so far been “sur­real,” com­par­ing it to the clas­sic fan­tasy film “Wiz­ard of Oz.”

“When you pull back the cur­tain, it was just Don­ald Trump with noth­ing to of­fer to the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” Clin­ton said dur­ing a speech in Las Ve­gas.

Top Trump ad­viser Paul Manafort said the mat­ter had been “to­tally blown out of pro­por­tion.”

“They’re not even sen­tences. They’re lit­er­ally phrases. I was im­pressed some­body did their home­work to think that that could be pos­si­bly done,” Manafort said.

Re­pub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee chair Reince Priebus said he “prob­a­bly” would have fired his own speech writ­ers un­der sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances and ac­knowl­edged the mat­ter was a dis­trac­tion.

It was un­clear whether the controversy would have any bear­ing on how vot­ers view Trump.

The busi­ness­man has sur­vived nu­mer­ous po­lit­i­cally per­ilous mo­ments that might have doomed other can­di­dates.

DA­MON WIN­TER, NEW YORK TIMES

Don­ald Trump’s friends and fam­ily cel­e­brate in Cleve­land af­ter a vote for­mally makes him the GOP nom­i­nee.

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