Republican Party formally nominates Donald Trump

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Donald Trump is presumptive nominee no more.
The Republican Party officially nominated the real estate mogul during a relatively smooth roll call vote on Tuesday, quashing the hopes of the Never Trump movement that had threatened to mount a last-minute challenge.
Instead, Trump sailed to the 1,237-delegate threshold, with his home state of New York putting him over the top. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., announced the 89 delegates that formally clinched the nomination for his dad, as his siblings proudly looked on.
“It is my honor to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top in the delegate count tonight with 89 delegates,” Trump Jr. said from the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. “Congratulations, Dad. We love you.”
Trump himself tweeted that it was a “great honor” and vowed not to let the country down.
“Such a great honor to be the Republican Nominee for President of the United States,” he said. “I will work hard and never let you down!”
Donald Trump speaks on screen during the second day of the convention.
Live from the Republican National Convention
Trump’s official nomination is a new apex in the political outsider’s campaign to shake up Washington. His White House bid began last June with a widely panned, rambling speech in which he blasted Mexicans as “rapists” and pledged to build a wall on the southern border that Mexico will pay for.
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Trump’s campaign has seemingly endured strife almost daily since its inception. GOP leaders were slow to back his campaign and have continued to condemn his controversial rhetoric and actions. But his message has resonated with an overwhelming number of voters who have propelled him atop the Republican Party.
Speaking to CNN’s Dana Bash moments after nominating his father, Trump Jr. called it a “historic” moment.
“I mean it’s incredible. I mean, one of the most surreal moments of my life other than the birth of my children,” he said. “I’ve watched him work so hard on this and speak to so many real people who were just feeling left out and left in the dark here in New York and all over the country, and to be able to do that is just, you know, it’s historic. It’s awesome.”
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was also formally nominated on Tuesday night as the Republican Party’s choice for vice president.
The high-stakes roll call vote for Trump proceeded at a relatively fast clip, despite some public opposition to the billionaire reality TV star on the floor for the second consecutive day.
The announcement of votes for Trump at times drew mixed reactions. While some delegates chanted and cheered for Trump enthusiastically, other delegates shouted in protest.

 

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