RNC 2016: Speakers take the stage for 1st night of convention

Speakers Monday night included Melania Trump, Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Retired U.S. Army Lt. General Michael T. Flynn and several others


11:12 p.m.:

Sen. Joni Ernst took the stage tonight following Flynn.

Ernst’s message to the convention was anti-Hillary Clinton, pointing out various world issues she feels Clinton has failed the United States on.

She called for people to rally behind Donald Trump.

“It’s time to stand up and fight for the security of our children, our grandchildren and ourselves,” Ernst said.

11:03 p.m.:

Local state representative Naraj Antani said he felt like the first day of the convention was successful in sending the message the Republican party wanted to send.

‘They have to build the candidate’s message and ideas to a national audience,” Antani said. “I think the speakers did a good job of really talking about Republican policy.”

Antani said Melanie Trump also did a fine job during her speech Monday night.

10:53 p.m.:

“We cannot continue down this path,” Flynn said referrring to the United States’ current handling of ISIS. “We must take seriously the possibility that these enemies have weapons of mass destruction and intend to use them.”

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10:43 p.m.:

Retired U.S. Army Lt. General Michael T. Flynn has taken the stage following Melania Trump.

“The time is now to recognize our obligation that we have to the world. An obligation to lead the world,” Flynn said. “With Donald Trump in the White House, we’ll make America great again.”

10:23 p.m.:

Donald Trump has taken the stage to introduce his wife Melania Trump.

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10:07 p.m.:

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was introduced to the crowd as chants of “Rudy” filled the arena.

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Giuliani thanked the Cleveland Police Department for protecting the people at the convention.

Giuliani said, “What I did for New York, Donald Trump will do for America.”

The former Mayor asked for Americans to unite as “one America.”

Giuliani told terrorists, “we’re coming to get you.”

10:00 p.m.:

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions has taken the stage at the Quicken Loans Arena.

Sessions was the first Senator to endorse Donald Trump earlier this year.

“We’re on the wrong track, and the American people know it,” Sessions told the crowd.

He said electing Hillary Clinton will lead to more government in the lives of Americans.

A woman was escorted out of the arena during the Senator’s speech, while holding up her arms. The scuffle unfolded on the floor of the arena.

WATCH: Woman removed from convention hall

9:47 p.m.:

U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn called out President Obama during his speech saying he was not the “Commander in Chief”, but instead the “Divider in Chief”.

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Glenn also said,”The Democratic Party is the party of handouts.”

“Hillary Clinton is unfit to be President,” Glenn said.

“We should send her an email to tell her that she deserves a bright-orange jumpsuit.”

Glenn told the crowd to believe they can “Make America Great Again.”

9:40 p.m.:

U.S. Representative Sean Duffy and Rachel Duffy have taken the stage for tonight’s event.

The duo slammed the Obama administration and asked the audience if they “want four more years of that?”

They asked Americans to rally behind Donald Trump to “make America great again.”


9:25 p.m.:

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke took the stage and opened his speech by saying, “Blue lives matter in America.”

The crowd cheered Clarke and gave him a standing ovation.

9:17 p.m.:

Rep. Michael McCaul has taken the stage at the Republican National Convention.

He asked the crowd if they felt safer than they did eight years ago, when President Barack Obama took office. The crowd responded with “no.”

He added that Donald Trump is the man to elect.

“I’m proud to serve as a member of his national security team,” McCaul said.

McCaul said it’s time for the party to unite.

9:13 p.m.:

Donald Trump has arrived at the Quicken Loans Arena and is expected to introduce his wife Melania Trump later this evening.

9:03 p.m.:

Soap opera star Antonio Sabato Jr. said, “We need Donald Trump.” as the convention transitions to illegal immigration.

Mary Ann Menodoza, Sabine Durden and Jamiel Shaw took the stage after the soap star.

8:51 p.m.:

Benghazi Annex Security Team members Mark Geist and John Tiegen took the stage and described the events of Benghazi to the audience at the Quicken Loans Arena.

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8:27 p.m.:

Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith, who was killed in the Benghazi attack, had tears in her eyes as she addressed the convention.

Smith said, “Donald Trump is everything Hillary Clinton is not.”

“He is blunt, direct and strong,” she said, referring to Trump.

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8:17 p.m.:

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry took the stage briefly and introduced Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.

Luttrell is the only survivor of a firefight with the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2005.

Luttrell focused on medical care for veterans and asked for leaders to “lead by example.”

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“The only way we survive this is together not apart,” the former Navy SEAL said.

He also thanked convention-goers for supporting him in his service.

8:12 p.m.:

Actor Scott Baio took the stage following Willie Robertson tonight.

Baio said Trump is a man “who knows how to get things done.”

He added that Trump wants to be president for “all of us”

8:08 p.m.:

Willie Robertson’s message during his speech this evening was “Donald Trump will have your back.”

Robertson said Donald Trump will always tell the truth how he sees it during his approximately 10 minute speech.

8:00 p.m.:

Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame is scheduled to be the first speaker tonight and will be followed by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

7:52 p.m:

The first evening of the Republican National Convention kicked off with the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem performance by Marlana VanHoose.

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