Republican National Convention: For Trump, it’s a moment ‘I’ll never forget’

From The Washington Post:

Trump formally reached the threshold of 1,237 delegates at 7:12 p.m. Eastern time, with votes cast by delegates from his home state of New York.

Trump’s clinching votes were cast by his own son, Donald Trump Jr., who spoke for the New York delegation.

“It is my honor to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top in the delegate count tonight,” he said. “Congratulations, Dad, we love you!”

The convention then broke into applause, as a band played “New York, New York,” with the jumbotron in the Quicken Loans Arena displaying the words “Over the Top”.

At 9 p.m., Trump himself appeared on the big TV screen , on a remote feed from Trump Tower in New York. “I’ll never forget it. It’s something I will never, ever forget,” Trump said.

“This stage of the presidential process has come to a close. Together we’ve achieved historic results,” Trump said. “This is a movement. But we have to go all the way.”

Trump will formally accept the nomination on Thursday night.

After Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) appeared on the stage – one of the Republicans with the most power in Washington now, and someone who pioneered the hard-line approach to battling President Obama that opened the door for Trump.

McConnell was booed, by delegates who believe he is not hard-line enough. That, just as much as the mogul on the big screen, symbolized how much McConnell’s party has shifted underneath him.

The crowd did cheer when McConnell said Trump would sign bills that the Senate’s Republicans approved of, and appoint a conservative Supreme Court justice, to replace the late Antonin Scalia. “Obama will not fill this seat. That honor will go to Donald Trump next year,” said McConnell, whose GOP is blocking Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland.

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