The 2016 Republican National Convention, which will take place from July 18-21, took off in Cleveland as business mogul Donald Trump looks to be the favorite to clinch the GOP nomination.
On Day 1, Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, gave a speech as one of Trump’s family members on the list of speakers scheduled for the convention. Melania spoke highly of the love within the “Trump family” and praised the business mogul’s character.
“I have been aware of his love for this country since we first met,” she said of her husband, who she says “does not give up.”
“If you want someone to fight for you and your country, I assure you, he is the guy,” Melania said.
“Donald is, and always has been, an amazing leader,” she said, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. “He will never, ever give up. And, most importantly, he will never, ever let you down.”
The event saw several state delegations leaving the floor after attempts made by the Never Trump movement to change the rules of the event were thwarted. While majority of the delegates from nine states agreed for a roll call vote, only six of these states remained towards the end. As a result of which there was an inadequate number of signatures to force a roll call vote, Morning News USA reports.
Joni Ernst, a former lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard who became the first woman elected to statewide office in Iowa, was slated to give a speech at the convention. However, with many people who left after Melania spoke, and compounded by how the speeches preceding Ernst’s were so long, she addressed only a few people in the audience.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn spoke about national security. “This is about this country,” Flynn said, referring to the presidential elections. “We are tired of Obama’s speeches and his empty rhetoric. Donald Trump will lead from the front.”
Meanwhile, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, “It is time to make America safe again. It’s time to make America one again.” Giuliani received a thunderous applause from the crowd when he said that when police officers “come to save your life, they don’t ask if you are black and white, they just come to safe you.”
The former New York Mayor expressed criticism of the protests against the police, as reported by Seattle Times.