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Donald Trump Jr. stars as RNC targets Clinton, protesters target each other

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Donald Trump Jr., the 38-year-old son of the Republican presidential nominee, was given headline status on the second night of the Republican National Convention.

Trump Jr. gave a glimpse of life in the Trump family, but focused more on his father's campaign and how his role in their family would serve him well as president. Trump Jr. said his father often ignored the advice of "Harvard and Wharton grads trapped in their offices" to talk to the working class guys putting up the sheet rock and dry wall at job sites. He said the Trumps are the only billionaire family where the kids are "just as comfortable in a Caterpillar as a car," and brandished his father's credentials as a businessman, saying his father spending his life having to put his name on the front of checks would bring a new dimension to the White House and a much-needed sense of grounding.

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The Kansas City Star called Trump Jr.'s speech "a barnburner" while Salon.com said he stole the day, and noted his line of appreciating "his father letting him learn from people with doctorates in common sense."

CNN's roundtable declared Trump Jr. gave a better speech and was far more eloquent than his father at the podium, with some predicting Trump Jr. to be a possible presidential candidate at some point.

The chaos that reigned Monday, as a last-minute effort to change binding  rules and dump Trump to the ticket failed, saw Never Trump officially end when states called in their delegates and Trump was officially awarded the nomination. Trump Jr. gave the call of delegates for the sate of New York, which officially put Trump over the top.

Ohio GOP chair Matt Borges called the state's delegates for Gov. John Kasich to a mix of boos and applause. Borges announced Cleveland as the city of champions and did a brief O-H-I-O chant.

Speakers during the second night mirrored the first, with celebrities such as Dana White of Ultimate Fighting Championship, pro golfer Natalie Gulbis citing him as an influence in their lives or a helping hand, even though they weren't involved in business together. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Ark. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey targeted Hillary Clinton, who has been the main point of discussion the last two nights. Mukasey blasted her over the email scandal while Rutledge and Hutchinson targeted  her days in Arkansas. NRA lobbyist Chris Cox said gun rights are at stake and Clinton stands in the way: "This election isn't about the next four years, but the next 40."

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former candidate Dr. Ben Carson took the same tact, attacking Clinton relentlessly. Christie held a mock trial against Clinton based on bad decisions she made as Secretary of State, asking the crowd if she was guilty or not guilty after each point. Carson blasted her fondness for Saul Alinsky, the union activist and author of the book "The Rules for Radicals," which Carson noted had a citation for Lucifer as "the original radical." Carson used this as an example of "progressive secularism trying to push God out of our lives." House Speaker and Convention Chairman Paul Ryan announced Trump as the nominee, and gave an even-keeled call for unity within the party, citing the party's differences as energy, which the Democrats lacked.


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