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On Tuesday, July 19th, Donald J. Trump officially clinched the Republican nomination for President of the United States. As with most events that revolve around Mr. Trump, a hint of both drama and excitement were present in Quicken Loans Arena as delegate counts were being recorded for each state.
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was the first person to officially nominate Donald Trump as the GOP nominee. In a confident six minute speech, Senator Sessions discussed the poor state of the nation, and let the audience know that America needs a bold, strong leader like Donald Trump.
After Jeff Sessions, Speaker Paul Ryan introduced Congressman Chris Collins. As the first Congressman to endorse Donald Trump, Rep. Collins took the stage to second Senator Sessions’ initial nomination. In a speech that lasted about three minutes, Collins spoke about the high stakes in the 2016 election. He expressed a need to escape the stranglehold of a large, intrusive federal government and placed a high degree of honor upon Mr. Trump’s presidential bid, stating that “Donald is not a candidate, he is a movement.” As a representative of Western New York, Collins informed the crowd that Trump’s policies would help the constituents of New York’s 27th District, bringing back jobs and opportunity. Collins closed his speech by stating that he is proud to second Donald Trump’s nomination for POTUS, and received great enthusiasm from the largely pro-Trump audience.
Henry McMaster, Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, delivered the final nominating speech for Donald Trump. He was passionate about expressing Trump’s kind, yet strong, character and stated that Trump is selflessly giving up his business ventures to serve our nation. McMaster also made it clear that Trump is a family man who puts his loved ones above all.
Shortly after the nominating speeches, the official nomination of Donald Trump commenced in Quicken Loans Arena. Each state’s delegations were spread across the GOP Convention floor and, in alphabetical order, they announced their delegate allocations. Things were running smoothly as states started announced how many of its delegates were going to each candidate…then it was the District of Columbia’s turn. During D.C.’s Republican presidential primary in March 2016, Senator Marco Rubio won and was awarded ten of its nineteen delegates. Ohio Governor John Kasich received the remaining nine. After a D.C. delegate announced this allocation, the Convention overturned it and awarded all nineteen delegates to Donald Trump. The Washington Examiner explains why this is the case:
The DC Republican Party’s official rules note that regardless of all other rules regarding binding, “if only one candidate’s name is placed in nomination at the Republican National Convention, all delegates shall be bound to vote for such candidate on the first ballot provided that the candidate received votes in the DC presidential preference poll. So, because Trump was the only candidate placed in nomination at the convention and because he received some votes in DC, all of the delegates were diverted to Trump.”