Trump gets of­fi­cial nod

The Myanmar Times - - World -

REPUB­LI­CANS for­mally chose Don­ald Trump as the party’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee on July 19, a land­mark mo­ment in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics and a stun­ning vic­tory for a man whose White House am­bi­tions were once openly mocked.

Af­ter a roller-coaster cam­paign that saw Mr Trump de­feat 16 ri­vals and steam­roller stub­born party op­po­si­tion, the ty­coon said it was time to “go all the way” and beat Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton in Novem­ber.

“This is a move­ment,” he told the del­e­gates via video link.

On the con­ven­tion floor, states from Alabama to West Vir­ginia took it in turns to pledge their del­e­gates.

It turned to Mr Trump’s home state of New York, rep­re­sented by a co­terie of Mr Trump’s adult chil­dren, to hand him the ma­jor­ity-plus-one needed to clinch the nom­i­na­tion.

“It’s my hon­our to be able to throw Don­ald Trump over the top in the del­e­ga­tion count tonight,” Don­ald Trump Jr said to cheers and ap­plause.

When the bom­bas­tic mogul came down the es­ca­la­tors of Trump Tow­ers in New York 13 months ago to an­nounce his can­di­dacy, few ex­perts gave him even the faintest chance.

His cam­paign has de­fied po­lit­i­cal norms – em­brac­ing racially in­flam­ma­tory poli­cies, of­fend­ing key vot­ing blocks, es­chew­ing bigspend­ing ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns and re­ly­ing on sat­u­rated me­dia cov­er­age over cam­paign struc­ture.

“It’s un­be­liev­able. It’s sur­real. I’m so proud of my fa­ther,” said Mr Trump’s el­dest daugh­ter and busi­ness­woman Ivanka Trump, often de­scribed as his se­cret weapon.

“He’s the ul­ti­mate out­sider and he did it. We are so proud of him.”

Mr Trump be­came the pre­sump­tive nom­i­nee nearly two months ago. But re­lent­less con­tro­versy over his cam­paign rhetoric and a sim­mer­ing move­ment by anti-Trump del­e­gates to deny him the nom­i­na­tion made it less than a fore­gone con­clu­sion.

Around the con­ven­tion floor, Mr Trump’s vic­tory was far from uni­ver­sally wel­comed.

Many del­e­gates clapped po­litely af­ter his vic­tory, a few an­grily walked out or voiced their un­ease.

Several states re­fused to hon­our party con­ven­tion and pledge their del­e­gates to a fron­trun­ner who was by then un­op­posed.

Wash­ing­ton del­e­gate Teri Galvez said baldly, “We do not sup­port Don­ald Trump.”

House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Speaker Paul Ryan and Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, spoke in favour of Mr Trump. –

Photo: AFP

Del­e­gates hold signs on the sec­ond day of the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleve­land, Ohio, on July 19.

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