Donald Trump named US Republican Presidential nominee
Cleveland, July 20 (IANS) The billionaire businessman Donald Trump was officially named the 2016 Republican Presidential nominee early on Wednesday.
His son Donald Trump, Jr., cast the votes for the New York delegation that put the billionaire businessman over the top of the 1,237 delegates he needed to clinch the nomination, as any talk of disruptive protest votes or walkouts dissipated, CNN reported.
An effort to place the name of Texas Senator Ted Cruz for nomination fizzled late on Tuesday afternoon.
The effort had no chance of success since most of the delegates won by Trump in his Grand Old Party (GOP) nominating victory were bound to vote for him in the roll call under the rules of the Republican primary process.
Cruz’s inner circle had adamantly opposed any attempt to involve him in last minute convention floor intrigue, a senior adviser to the Texas senator told CNN.
“We’re not encouraging it. We’re actually trying to stop it,” the adviser said.
A rebellion would have emphasised the divides in the GOP torn open by Trump’s campaign, which was given little chance of success when he descended a golden escalator in Trump Tower with his wife Melania to set his sights on the White House in 2015.
Trump’s name was put into the nomination by Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, an early supporter of the businessman, and was seconded by fellow early supporters New York Representative Chris Collins and South Carolina Lt Governor Henry McMaster.
“We have gotten off course and the American people know it,” Sessions said in his speech, warning that crime is rising, terrorist attacks are proliferating, and Congress is deadlocked, arguing that Trump is the only answer.
“The American voters heard his message and they rewarded his courage and his leadership with a huge victory in our primaries,” Sessions said, drawing raucous cheers from Trump fans on the convention floor.
“He loves his country and he is determined to see it be a winner again,” CNN quoted Sessions as saying. “Donald Trump is the singular leader that can get this country back on track. He has the strength, the courage the will to get it done.”
Trump’s roll call will be followed by the nomination and vote for Indiana Governor Mike Pence as the Vice Presidential nominee.
Trump officially declared Republican presidential nominee
Cleveland, July 20 (IANS) Manhattan real estate mogul Donald Trump officially became the Republican Party’s presidential nominee on Tuesday after a roll call vote overshadowed by dissent and apathy, media reports said.
Trump sailed to the 1,237-delegate threshold, with his home state of New York putting him over the top, Politico reported.
The results were declared on the second day of the Republican National Convention (RNC) here after Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., announced the 89 delegates that formally clinched the nomination.
“It is my honour to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top in the delegate count tonight with 89 delegates,” Donald Jr. said, surrounded by three of Trump’s other children — Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany.
“Congratulations Dad, we love you.”
Donald Trump himself tweeted that it was a “great honour” and vowed not to let the country down, Politico added.
“Such a great honour to be the Republican Nominee for President of the US,” he said. “I will work hard and never let you down.”
The business magnate’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, Politico noted.
Donald Trump’s campaign has seemingly endured strife almost daily since its inception.
Republican 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 Party.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence was also formally nominated on Tuesday night as the Republican Party’s choice for Vice President.
Particularly outraged with the result was the Washington, D.C., delegation, which held its convention in March and attempted to award 10 votes to former hopefuls Marco Rubio and nine to John Kasich. But convention officials announced the rules merit Trump be award all 19 delegates from the nation’s capital, NBC News reported.
“This is an outrage, and this is a reason the Republican Party is turning off a lot of voters,” a Kasich delegate from Washington D.C. told MSNBC.
After Trump had clinched the nomination, the Alaskan delegation contested how its vote total was recorded. They originally requested 12 votes go to Ted Cruz, 11 to Trump and five to Rubio, but the RNC recorded all 28 votes to Trump.
However, the appeal was unsuccessful because, RNC Chair Reince Priebus said, all the votes went to Trump because Rubio and Cruz suspended their campaigns.
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions put Trump’s name up for the nomination shortly before 6 p.m. The nomination was seconded by New York Representative Chris Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse him, NBC News added.
The former reality TV star was declared the “presumptive nominee” by RNC Chair Priebus on May 3 following his decisive victory in Indiana, which ultimately vanquished Cruz and Kasich from the primary and he entered the convention with 1,543 delegates.
The official nomination followed a rocky first day start of the RNC, the biggest backlash being Donald Trump’s wife Melania speech being compared to the one Michelle Obama gave during the 2008 Democratic Convention.
Donald Trump is expected to formally accept the nomination during his prime-time speech on Thursday.