Four nights of fanfare – filled with Ted Cruz’s strong troll game, a flood of comparisons to Miley Cyrus and not one, but two, accusations of plagiarism – all led up to the main event on Thursday (July 21) at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
“Friends, delegates and fellow Americans, I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.”
And with that, Donald Trump officially became the Republican party presidential nominee.
But there were other highlights during the final night of the RNC. And if you were playing the RNC drinking game, chances are you passed out on the floor an hour or so ago. In case you did, here is some of what you missed:
Tech titan makes RNC history
Tech billionaire Peter Thiel took the stage in Cleveland and became the first gay speaker in RNC history to openly address his sexuality during his speech.
“When I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union. And we won. Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?” says the Silicon Valley mogul.
“Every American has a unique identity. I am proud to be gay,” he continues, with applause from the packed house. “I am proud to be a Republican, but most of all I am proud to be an American.
Daddy’s little girl
Ivanka Trump was the final speaker of the night before The Donald took the stage.
Say what you want about Trump, but his daughter delivered a powerful, engaging 15-minute speech – complete with a wind machine that occasionally blew her blonde bangs to the side (did anyone else notice that?).
“I am here to tell you that this is the moment, and Donald Trump is the person to make America great again,” she tells the crowd.
“He is color blind and gender neutral,” she adds of her father.
And the nominee is…
Leading several “USA! USA!” chants. Too many thumbs-ups to count. One ejected protester (that the cameras saw). A vow to “defeat the barbarians of ISIS.” And a bevy of buzzwords and predictable attacks directed toward presumable Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Just a few of the tentpoles that held up Donald Trump’s 75-minute speech, as he accepted the Republican nomination for President on Thursday night.
“This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: Death, destruction, terrorism and weakness,” he tells the Cleveland crowd. “But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy.
“Let’s defeat her in November,” he says.
And for those keeping score at home, our friends over at Politico fact-checked many of the claims in Trump’s speech (spoiler: it wasn’t all true).
The Democrats will have their chance to take the stage with their own version of a televised three-ring circus when the Democratic National Convention kicks off July 25 in Philadelphia.