It finally happened. On the second day of the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump became the presumptive nominee of the GOP party. Rather, he has become the official presidential candidate of the Republican Party, and this happened even if some are still demanding for a recount.
The votes that propelled Trump as official presidential candidate came from no less than his own son, Donald Trump Jr. In doing so, he jubilantly remarked, “It’s not a campaign anymore, it’s a movement. Speaking to real Americans, giving them a voice again. It is my honor to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top in the delegate count tonight. Congratulations, Dad, we love you!”
The band started playing “New York, New York” in the background.
Cheers broke everywhere as Trump formally achieved 1,237 delegates based on votes across all states. Suddenly, it didn’t matter so much whether Melania Trump had plagiarized a speech from Michelle Obama, which the First Lady had delivered back in 2008.
Suddenly, it did not seem to bother anyone that she had allegedly plagiarized on the same stage where her husband would be declared a presidential nominee a day later.
What some in the convention protested against, however, were the actual vote counts.
Early on, a delegate chairman from Alaska said, “We were never told that you were going to miscount our votes tonight!”
To which House Speaker Paul Ryan simply replied, “Is the gentleman requesting a poll of the delegation of Alaska?”
The chairman answered, “Yes, I’m requesting a poll of the delegation of Alaska and that those votes be accurately recorded in this convention.”
In turn, Ryan responded, “A delegation has taken exception to the correctness of the vote for the delegation for Alaska. Accordingly, the convention staff will report to the delegation to supervise the poll.”
Later on, Ryan made it clear that Alaska’s votes were, in fact, not miscounted. As for Trump, he simply remarked, “Such a great honor to be the Republican Nominee for President of the United States. I will work hard and never let you down! AMERICA FIRST!”