New Delhi: The 2016 Republican National Convention was held in Cleveland, Ohio at the Quicken Loans Arena from July 18-21, 2016, which marked the fourth time the Republican Party would convene its convention in Ohio.
What is to be accomplished at a Convention?
The purpose of every nominating convention, both Republican and Democratic, is to officially nominate the party’s candidate for president and vice president, and to adopt the party’s platform and rules.
To have a better understanding of the GOP Convention let’s have a look at how the 4-day event unfolded.
Day 1: RNC 2016 kicks off in Cleveland
The Republican National Convention kicked off in Cleveland on Monday with an attempt by delegates opposed to Donald Trump’s candidacy to hobble his nomination and push for a roll call vote which ultimately failed, followed by a night of speeches focused on national security. Effective attacks on the character and record of Mrs. Clinton were made throughout the proceedings by one and all.
Speakers for the evening included actors and TV personalities. There were also law enforcement officials and Army veterans at the convention along with several politicians who took the stage to show their support for Trump. The true stars of the night were Melania Trump and Rudy Guiliani.
Melania Trump, wife of Donald J Trump praised the nominee as an “amazing leader” who “thinks big” and will never give up. She predicted he would beat Hillary Clinton, and promised to help “people in our country who need it the most.” She said she would focus on women and children, in particular making sure that children receive the education they deserve.
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Guiliani proved to be a very effective advocate for Trump. He talked about Trump’s anonymous charitable giving; he talked about Trump as a father and a friend.
Day 2: Donald J Trump seals Republican Nomination
The energy was palpable as delegates from across the country cast their votes for the Republican nominee for President of the United States.
Donald Trump, Jr. cast the New York delegation’s votes; officially qualifying his father, Donald J. Trump, to be the Republican party’s nominee for president. Shortly after, delegates unanimously affirmed Indiana Governor Mike Pence as their nominee for Vice President.
With an official nominee, delegates then heard from fiery speakers on the day’s official theme, “Make America Work Again”. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan demonstrated the Republican agenda for providing a better way for all Americans. Tiffany Trump gave heartfelt remarks on her father’s strength for inspiring people.
The second day of the convention was plagued by the controversy surrounding Melania Trump’s speech, which seemed like an elegant triumph for the Republican nominee but soon side-by-side comparisons of Melania’s remarks and Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech started playing non-stop on various portals.
Day 3: Senator Cruz refuses to endorse Donald Trump
Delegates packed the Quicken Loans Arena and millions watched at home and online as Governor Mike Pence officially accepted the Republican nomination for Vice President.
The night started with inspiring and uplifting remarks on how to “Make America First Again” from Governor Scott Walker, Lynne Patton, Executive Vice President for The Eric Trump Foundation and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
The excitement grew as Governor Mike Pence took the stage. Speaking from the heart, he described his readiness to take the fight of ideas to the American people. Governor Pence highlighted the strength of their platform and the unity of the Republican Party.
When the senator whom The Donald dubbed “Lyin’ Ted” delivered his convention speech, the crowd chanted Trump’s name in urging Ted Cruz to endorse the Republican nominee.
But Cruz demurred and the non-endorsement drew a sharp rebuke from Trump supporters all over.
The Trump campaign spent over 36 hours issuing a series of conflicting explanations, including a flat denial of plagiarism, before identifying a speechwriter of Melania Trump’s speech as the culprit.
Day 4: “Make America one again”
Donald Trump laid out his plans at the Republican National Convention after accepting the party’s presidential nomination, saying that he wants to be the voice for people who have been forgotten by the nation.
Mr. Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, sought to reach out to the Democrats and moderates, extolling him as a champion of women in the workplace, and a leader who would “take on the bold and worthy fights, who will be unafraid to set lofty goals and relentless in his determination to achieve them.”
Declaring that he alone has the leadership strength to secure the homeland and rejuvenate the economy, the billionaire real-estate mogul offered himself as a “law and order” candidate and made a direct appeal to blue-collar Americans who have felt left behind in the 21st century.
In a first, Trump even vowed “to do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.’’
The Republican nominee ended his speech by saying, “I have a message to every last person threatening peace on our streets and the safety of our police: When I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order to our country. Believe me. Believe me.”
The RNC 2016 concluded with Donald Trump making a promise, “To every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight: I’m with you, I will fight for you, and I will win for you.”