After months of division among the political rights in America, Donald Trump was formally nominated as the Republican presidential nominee on Tuesday.
Trump had been leading in the delegate counts since his win in New Hampshire back in February. On Tuesday, he clinched more than 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination in the Republican Convention. He garnered more than 13 million votes in the primaries – the most in the Republican party history.
“It is something I’ll never, ever forget, together we have achieved historic results with the largest vote total in the history of the Republican Party. This is a movement, but we have to go all the way.”Trump said on a video feed from New York.
Many Americans oppose Trump’s success in politics. He has made numerous controversial statements including generalizing Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers and promising to deport them if elected president. He has also suggested for a ban on Muslims from entering the United States.
Trump is a real estate mogul who gained popularity starring in his own reality TV The Apprentice. His business ventures, however are not without flops such as the Trump University and Trump Steaks.
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Republican delegates savaged Clinton at the convention, breaking into angry chants of “lock her up” and “guilty” as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie accused her of wrongdoing and numerous foreign policy failures, including on Libya, Syria, the Iran nuclear deal, and Boko Haram in Nigeria.
“Let’s do something fun tonight,” Christie, himself a former federal prosecutor, told the convention as he laid out a case against Clinton and “her selfish, awful judgment”.
“We are going to present the facts to you. You, tonight, sitting as a jury of her peers in this hall and in your living rooms around our nation,” he said.
Outlining what he called “the facts”, Christie slated Clinton’s record as US secretary of state, accusing her of being responsible for chaos and violence engulfing the Middle East and elsewhere, and asking whether she is “guilty or not guilty?
“In Syria, imagine this, imagine this: she called President Assad ‘a reformer’. She called Assad ‘a different kind of leader’. There are now 400,000 dead. Think about that: 400,000 dead. At the hands of the man that Hillary defended. So we must ask this question: As an awful judge of the character of a dictator and butcher in the Middle East, is she guilty or not guilty?”
“Guilty,” the crowd chanted in reply.
“America and the world are measurably less safe because of the Iran deal Hillary helped cut. An inept negotiator of the worst nuclear arms deal in American history, guilty or not guilty?” he bellowed.
“Guilty,” the crowd replied.
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 accusations of plagiarism involving his wife, Melania Trump, during her speech on opening night.
Two passages from Melania Trump’s address – each 30 words or longer – matched a 2008 Democratic convention address by Michelle Obama – wife of US President Barack Obama – nearly word-for-word.
Trump’s campaign insisted there was no evidence of plagiarism, while offering no explanation for how the strikingly similar passages ended up in his wife’s speech.
Clinton pounced on the tumult. “When you pull back the curtain, it was just Donald Trump with nothing to offer to the American people,” she said during a speech in Las Vegas.
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.