RNC 2016: Nomination of Trump

Highlights from Day 2 of the Republican National Convention

The second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland is in the books. Here are some of the highlights:

Donald Trump officially became the nominee of the Republican Party

Since last summer, political experts, elected leaders and said Donald Trump could not win the nomination. Tuesday he proved them all wrong. The big focus now is shifting to party unity for the General Election.

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Melania Trump’s speech still hot topic

The plagiarism accusations follow Monday night’s speech by Trump’s wife. Two passages from her address — each 30 words or longer — matched a 2008 Democratic convention address by Michelle Obama nearly word-for-word.

Trump’s campaign failed to quell the controversy on Day 2 of the convention by insisting there was no evidence of plagiarism, while offering no explanation for how the strikingly similar passages wound up in Mrs. Trump’s address. The matter consumed news coverage from Cleveland until the evening vote, obscuring Mrs. Trump’s broader effort to show her husband’s softer side.

Clinton pounced on the tumult, saying the Republican gathering had so far been “surreal,” comparing it to the classic fantasy film “Wizard of Oz.”

“When you pull back the curtain, it was just Donald Trump with nothing to offer to the American people,” Clinton said during a speech in Las Vegas.

Top Trump adviser Paul Manafort said the matter had been “totally blown out of proportion.”

“They’re not even sentences. They’re literally phrases,” Manafort told The Associated Press.

Donald Trump’s kids put him over the top

Trump was put over the top in the roll call by his home state of New York. Four of his children joined the state’s delegation on the convention floor for the historic moment and appeared overwhelmed with emotion.

“Congratulations, Dad, we love you,” declared Donald Trump Jr.

Trump’s family again took center stage later, underscoring the campaign’s urgent task to reshape the image of a candidate seen by large swaths of voters as harsh and divisive.

“For my father, impossible is just the starting point,” said Trump Jr., the oldest of the Republican nominee’s five children.

Tiffany Trump, the candidate’s 22-year-old daughter from his marriage to Marla Maples, said her father is a “natural-born encourager” who has motivated her to work her hardest.

Speaker item goes in heereerer

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former federal prosecutor, laid out an aggressive case against Clinton, asking the crowd to weigh in on her leadership on the Islamic State group, China, and an al-Qaida-linked group in Nigeria. Riled up, the crowd yelled “Lock her up! Lock her up!”

Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson went so far as to associate Clinton with Lucifer.

Speakers also included some unknown names, such as Andy Wist, founder and CEO of a waterproofing company in the Bronx, as well as Dana White, president of the popular Ultimate Fighting Championship, which promotes mixed martial arts.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report

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