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