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July 18-21 2016

The 2016 Republican National Convention was initially viewed with trepidation by Republicans all across the nation. Held in the Quickens Loan Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, between July 18 and July 21, 2016, the thought of multiple competing factions converging at the convention brought visions of chaos and disorder that might embarrass the party and severely impact its performance in the general election in November. In the end, it turned out to be no less raucous than the Democratic National Convention, which was thrown into turmoil by the last minute WikiLeaks revelations of hacked Democratic National Committee emails which showed several high-ranking officials favoring the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

Yes, the convention was still dogged by controversies, such as Melania Trump’s plagiarism accusations and Ted Cruz’s stinging non-endorsement; or even musicians like Adele, Aerosmith, Earth, Wind & Fire, REM, Neil Young and The Rolling Stones who were upset that their music were used during the convention. And there is also the matter of party stalwarts who refused to attend the convention in protest of Mr. Trump’s candidacy, including former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who famously said that he had to mow his lawn during the convention.

However, despite the hurdles, challenges and concerns, the 41st Republican convention was a rip-roaring success by almost every measure – although Day 1 started with some anxious moments when delegates from six states tried force a roll call vote ahead of schedule in the hope of shifting enough support to Sen. Ted Cruz to get his name on the ballot. But the motion of the anti-Trump coalition was dismissed when three states went back on their pledges after pressure from officials of the Republican National Committee and Mr. Trump’s floor whip team led by his campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Harmony, on the surface at least, was restored once the survivors of Benghazi took to the stage, and the convention’s focus was shifted to Secretary Clinton. Energizing speeches from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Melania Trump, and sitcom legend Scott Baio completed a remarkable turnaround of the day.

Day 2 proved to be an immense improvement compared to Monday. Mr. Trump was officially nominated as the Republican Party’s candidate for president, and most of the delegates were reveling in the carnival-like atmosphere. Of course, a succession of great speeches helped to improve the mood of the audience. Speeches by, among others, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, unified the delegates in attendance, as the concept of conservative governance and the danger of a Hillary Clinton presidency took center stage. Mr. Trump’s children, Donald Jr. and Tiffany, also delivered eloquent speeches that would’ve moved quite a few fence sitters into the GOP camp.

The third day of the convention tried to pick up where it left off on Tuesday, but a small flag-burning incident outside of the convention hall by protesters dampened the atmosphere inside the Quickens Loan Arena. Texas Senator and Mr. Trump’s fiercest competitor in the primary race, Sen. Ted Cruz, made things worse when he refused to endorse Mr. Trump during his speech. More damagingly, Sen. Cruz even repeated the most recognizable mantra of the #NeverTrump movement, “vote your conscience” – a calculated insult at Mr. Trump. But help came in the form of Eric Trump, and especially, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich whose electrifying speech once again unified the delegates to aim their sights at Secretary Clinton.

The fourth and final day of the convention began with speeches by three evangelist pastors (Mark Burns, Jerry Falwell Jr. and Tony Perkins) aimed at the social conservatives in the party, which then abruptly transitioned to deeply personal speeches by two billionaire businessmen, Peter Thiel and Tom Barrack. Mr. Thiel’s speech, in particular, was historic as he became the first openly-gay speaker at a Republican convention. Crowd favorite Ivanka Trump’s well-received speech, despite its progressive elements, perfectly sets up the final speech of the night – the acceptance speech of Donald Trump. Mr. Trump proceeded to rouse the crowd with his usual fiery bravura, and held them spellbound with a stark vision of America under a Clinton presidency. Considering the number of times the audience went up on their feet, there really was no need for chairs in the hall that night.

The 76-minute speech, which created history by becoming the longest presidential nomination acceptance speech ever, proved to be a massive hit, and in true Trump style, inspired days of coverage and discussion on the national media. More importantly, the speech marked the reunification of the party (well, mostly), and will ensure a unified Republican Party in November.

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