By Bonnie K. Goodman
Donald Trump is officially the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. On Tuesday afternoon, July 19, 2016, state delegates officially nominated Trump during the roll call vote on the second day on of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Trump hit over the top of the threshold of necessary delegates after votes were announced from his home state of New York. Trump appeared via video afterward to accept the nomination.
The nominee’s son Donald Jr. was the Republican delegate from New York that announced the votes for his father putting Trump over the 1,237 delegates necessary to clinch the nomination. After announcing the 89 delegates for Trump, his son shouted, “It is my honor to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top tonight… Congratulations Dad, we love you!” His siblings, Ivanka, Eric, and Tiffany Trump, joined Donald, Jr. for the delegate reading. New York was the only state not to go alphabetically waiting until Trump reached the point he would go “over the top” with the necessary delegates.
The roll vote went off for the most part without incident. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan commenced the proceedings. The convention secretary went alphabetically through the states. Each chair of their state’s delegation announced their vote tally and also highlighted what makes heir state unique. When a state announced their delegates for Trump they would say, “the next president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.” Only the District of Columbia tried to deny Trump his delegates instead calling them for Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions was the one to put Trump’s name officially into consideration for the nomination. Sessions praised Trump, “The American voters heard this message, and they rewarded his courage and leadership with a huge victory in our primaries. He dispensed with one talented candidate after another, momentum started and a movement started. Democrats and independents responded. He received far more primary votes than any Republican candidate in history… Mr. Speaker, it is my distinct honor and great pleasure to nominate Donald J. Trump for the office of president of the United States.” Rep. Chris Collins (N.Y.) seconded the nomination. Both Sessions and Collins are Trump’s top supporters in Congress.
After the roll call vote was complete, the nominee appeared from his Trump Tower in New York in a pre-recorded video. In his message, Trump accepted the nomination, “A little over one year ago I announced my candidacy for president, and with your vote, today, this stage of the presidential process has come to a close. Together we can see historic results with the largest vote totals in the history of the Republican Party. This is a movement, but we have to go all the way. I’m so proud to be your nominee for president of the United States.”
The newly minted nominee also mentioned his vice presidential running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence, saying, “It’s an honor to run on a ticket with Mike Pence, who is an extraordinary man and will make a great, great vice president.”
Trump also discussed the broad policy themes he would be speaking about in his nomination acceptance address on Thursday, July 21, the last night of the convention. The nominee promised, “This is going to be a leadership by the way that puts American people first. We’re going to get back our jobs. We’re going to rebuild our military and take care of our great veterans. We’re going to have strong borders and defeat ISIS and restore law and order and so many other things. I’ll be discussing that Thursday night, and we’ll be talking all about it. We are going to make America great again.”
Trump has been breaking convention precedent, addressing the convention once each day, rather than the traditional waiting until the last night to give their acceptance address. Trump introduced his wife Melania on Monday, July 18 before the Tuesday recorded a message. Trump also plans to be at the convention on Wednesday evening, July 20, when running-mate, Gov. Pence addresses the convention.