Republican National Convention: As Trump captures nomination, former rivals prepare to take the stage

From The Washington Post:

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate, is expected to speak, reassuring GOP stalwarts that the unpredictable, off-the-cuff businessman is not the exclusive face of a party that some no longer fully recognize.

On Tuesday, Trump officially captured the nomination. But Republicans gathered here for their national convention celebrated that triumphant milestone not by promoting his personal virtues or policy ideas so much as by leading a three-hour prosecution of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

There were allegations that she had enabled sexual abuse at the hands of her husband. She was accused of having sympathy for Lucifer. There were so many references to her private email server and the 2012 Benghazi attacks that it was hard to keep count.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie led a call-and-response prosecution of her actions as secretary of state, turning the audience into an ad hoc jury: “Guilty or not guilty?”

The crowd interrupted him four times: “Lock her up!” the delegates chanted. “Lock her up!”

The case for Trump is increasingly being framed as little more than an opportunity to fend off Clinton, the presumed Democratic nominee. Christie, who was perhaps Tuesday night’s most electric speaker, appeared Wednesday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and made clear that Trump’s imperfections don’t matter when the alternative is Clinton.

“This isn’t a political science class,” he said. “This is the real world. There’s a binary choice here. It’s Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.”

The Republican National Convention’s first two nights have been striking for the unusual amount of time spent demonizing Clinton, as opposed to rounding out the image of the party’s polarizing standard bearer.

Tuesday evening’s program was choreographed to promote party unity …

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