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July 21, 2016
11:37 p.m. ET Trump’s speech clocks in at an hour and 15 minutes and his family joins him on stage for the balloon drop. Fireworks are going off outside the arena over Cleveland.
11:04 p.m. ET In his primetime speech Thursday night in Cleveland, Donald Trump painted a picture of a country worse off and less safe than it was eight years ago and argued that he would be a president who would bring back “law and order.”
Trump, who officially received the GOP presidential nomination Tuesday night, warned about the threat of terrorism in the U.S. and around the world, illegal immigration, violence across the nation’s communities and President Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s foreign policies.
“Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens,” Trump claimed. “They are being released by the tens of thousands into our communities with no regard for the impact on public safety or resources.”
Delegates began chanting “build that wall, build that wall” during his speech, referring to the wall he has promised to make Mexico pay for along the U.S.’s southern border.
He talked about liberating Americans from “the crime and terrorism and lawlessness that threatens their communities.”
Trump claimed that as a result of Hillary Clinton’s leadership as secretary of state for four years, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has spread across the globe, Iraq is in “chaos,” Iran is “on the path to nuclear weapons” and Syria is engulfed in a civil war.
“This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness,” he said.
During his speech, delegates began chanting “lock her up, lock her up” to which Trump replied, “Let’s defeat her in November.”
At one point, a Code Pink protester — who often demonstrates during hearings on Capitol Hill — interrupted Trump’s speech.
While he didn’t mention his proposed ban to block Muslims from entering the U.S., Trump said that the U.S. “must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place.”
10:18 p.m. ET Ivanka introduces her father, Donald Trump, who comes to the stage for his major speech accepting the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
10:02 p.m. ET Ivanka Trump, speaking directly before her father Thursday night at the Republican convention, worked to humanize the GOP nominee and shared personal experiences of GOP nominee Donald Trump from her childhood.
“If it’s possible to be famous and yet not really well-known, that describes the father who raised me,” she said. “In the same office in Trump Tower where we now work together, I remember playing on the floor by my father’s desk, constructing miniature buildings with Legos and erector sets, while he did the same with concrete, steel and glass.”
Ivanka Trump is the fourth of Trump’s five children to speak on his behalf this week, and her speech Thursday night is perhaps the best evidence that Trump’s family members are the ones who are best at revealing a different side of the GOP businessman. (Barron, his youngest son and the only of his children not to speak at the convention, is only 10.) She and her husband, Jared Kushner, are among Trump’s most trusted advisers.
In her remarks Thursday, Ivanka Trump told a story about the times Trump has worked to help others, even people he didn’t know.
“Over the years, on too many occasions to count, I saw my father tear stories out of the newspaper about people whom he had never met who were facing some injustice or hardship,” she said. “He’d write a note to his assistant in his signature black felt-tip pen and request that the person be found and invited to Trump Tower to meet with him.”
Those people “would leave his office, as people so often do after having been with Donald Trump, feeling that life could be great again,” she continued.
Ivanka Trump also spoke about Trump and his organization’s treatment of women–undoubtedly an effort to help repair some of the damage he’s done among female voters with his inflammatory comments.
“At our family’s company, there are more female than male executives,” she said. “Women are paid equally for the work that we do and, when a woman becomes a mother, she is supported, not shut out.” — CBS News’ Emily Schultheis.
9:25 p.m. ET Peter Thiel, the co-founder of Paypal, became the first openly gay speaker to address the Republican National Convention in 16 years on Thursday night, according to The Huffington Post.
“I am proud to be gay,” he said to cheers and a standing ovation from the delegates, as he said words never before uttered from the podium during a GOP convention.
“I am proud to be a Republican,” he continued. “But most of all I am proud to be an American.”
The openly gay 48-year-old PayPal cofounder admitted that his views differ from those of many Republicans, who adopted a decidedly anti-LGBT platform during this convention.
“I don’t pretend to agree with every plank in our party’s platform,” Thiel said. “But fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline. And nobody in this race is being honest about it except Donald Trump.”
“When I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union, and we won.” Thiel said. “Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom.”
At the end of his speech, he urged Americans to “stand up and vote for Donald Trump.”
9:03 p.m. ET Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus attempted to present a stark contrast between with the GOP would offer Americans and what would happen to the country if Democrats continue to occupy the White House.
“We are the party of new ideas in a world changing faster than ever before. Democrats depend on superdelegates and bureaucrats to sneak their agenda through the backdoor. We are the party of the grassroots. We honor what the voters say,” he said.
Priebus suggested that Republicans care more about improving the country than Democrats do and he blasted Hillary Clinton, her policies and what her administration would mean for the nation.
“What separates Republicans from Democrats is our belief in better,” he said. “We believe in better schools. A better healthcare system. A better economy which rewards hard work no matter where or when you punch the clock. And most of all, we believe in a better chance at the American Dream for everyone. The Republican Party will not stop until it becomes a reality. And that’s why we need to stop Hillary Clinton.”
Priebus said that Clinton has lied, which provoked delegates on the convention floor to begin chanting what they’ve yelled out each night this week: “Lock her up, lock her up!”
8:37 p.m. ET Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday that when she looks back on her childhood, it wasn’t a perfect place, but that Americans were united in thinking that better days were ahead for the country.
“Today, I’m afraid we’re losing that sense of unity and optimism, not just in towns like Tecumseh, but across this land. Our country is divided, our people are afraid, and our spirits are nearly broken. But we can’t allow hopelessness to become the new normal. And we won’t,” she said.
Fallin said that Trump will bring an end to divided communities across the U.S. and improve the economy.
“It’s no secret Donald Trump is bold, tenacious, courageous and he’s an outspoken leader and he knows how to create jobs and successful businesses,” she said. “He has bold ideas and he speaks truth to power. He is a man who will get this country on the right track, who believes in peace through strength and will protect America against radical Islamic terrorists who seek to destroy our nation.”
8:30 p.m. ET Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee said Thursday that Americans have had enough of “bloated budgets, un-kept promises and pointless redlines.”
Blackburn said Americans are ready for a change.
“A man who can get the job done,” she said. “There’s someone who comes in ahead of schedule and under budget, who’s read the specs, seen the bottom line, negotiated the cost and built something to last. A leader who knows the country is not full of assets to be managed, forgotten or deleted. Our nation is full of citizens who want a leader who knows the sure route to prosperity, who inspires, who knows leadership is a hard-fought verb and not a subject line in an email. That’s why I’m asking you to join me in electing Donald Trump president.”
8:02 p.m. ET Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Thursday that Donald Trump is the only presidential candidate who can prevent illegal immigration, protect the nation’s borders and who will protect law enforcement.
“I am supporting Donald Trump because he is a leader. He produces results and is the only candidate for president ready to get tough in order to protect Americans,” said Arpaio, who said he has spent 55 years in law enforcement.
Arpaio said that Trump will build a border wall, which led to delegates chanting, “Build that wall, build that wall!”
“A nation without borders and a nation without laws is no nation at all,” he said. “Now more than ever, we must respect the police. We must give them the toools and the support they need to do their jobs.”
7:55 p.m. ET Jerry Falwell, Jr., the president of Liberty University, said his father stood at the Republican National Convention in 1984, to deliver the open prayer as Ronald Reagan accepted the nomination.
“A little over 30 years later, I stand here with the sincerest prayer that history is about to repeat itself with the election of Donald J. Trump,” he said. “
Falwell said that Trump has created jobs for thousands of people and is “one of the greatest visionaries of our time.” He added that Trump is a “true patriot and the champion of the common man.”
“We must unite behind Donald Trump and Mike Pence,” he said.
Falwell mentioned that Trump has promised to repeal IRS rules sponsored by President Lyndon Johnson in 1954 that has barred churches and non-profits from expressing political free speech.
7:37 p.m. ET Correct the Record, a super PAC backing Hillary Clinton, obtained and leaked drafts of Donald Trump’s speech Thursday night, a few hours before the GOP presidential nominee was set to deliver his first address to Republican voters since formally receiving the nomination Tuesday night, Politico reports.
Politico published his entire speech Thursday evening and then Trump’s campaign released excerpts of his speech a little while later.
7:26 p.m. ET Donald Trump is expected to address the “violence” and “chaos” affecting communities across the U.S. on Thursday night, according to excerpts of his speech released by his campaign.
“I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored,” Trump is expected to say.
The GOP presidential nominee is expected to say that his proposed economic policies will “improve the quality of life for all Americans.”
“With these new economic policies, trillions of dollars will start flowing into our country. This new wealth will improve the quality of life for all Americans. We will build the roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, and the railways of tomorrow,” he will say.
Trump is expected to warn that Hillary Clinton will only prolong poverty and violence that exist domestically and war and destruction abroad.
4:35 p.m. ET Want to know more about Ivanka Trump, who’s speaking tonight? CBS News has some quick facts about the GOP nominee’s oldest daughter here.
4:13 p.m. ET With Trump taking the stage in Cleveland tonight, the pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA is coming out with a new digital ad that is a reference to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 “3 a.m.” ad. The ad will begin airing digitally after the conventions.
“The world is a dangerous place,” a narrator says as the digital ad, provided first to CBS News, opens on a shot of the White House at 3 a.m. “At any hour, our president could be called on to act calmly, decisively, intelligently.”
3:23 p.m. ET Sometimes things get awkward. Social media is going crazy over the air kiss Trump attempted to give Pence on stage after the Indiana governor’s big speech last night.
1:26 p.m. ET Pokemon Go has been all the rage across the country and across the world–and it’s just as big at the Republican convention, where delegates are passing the time by catching Pokemon. CBS News spoke with some of the delegates who are trying to #CatchEmAll, even on the convention floor.
11:11 a.m. ET Today is the last day of the convention in Cleveland. Speakers tonight include Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Jerry Falwell, Jr., president of Liberty University, Ivanka Trump, the GOP presidential nominee’s daughter and of course, Donald Trump, himself.
Trump is set to deliver his first major speech since delegates formally nominated him as their party’s presidential nominee on Tuesday evening.
9:35 a.m. ET Ted Cruz, at the Texas delegation’s breakfast,defends his Wednesday night convention speech, which withheld an endorsement for GOP nominee Donald Trump: “I did not say a single negative word about Donald Trump. And I’ll tell you this morning and going forward: I don’t intend to say negative things about Donald Trump.”
“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and who attack my father,” Cruz later told reporters.
But Eric Trump, the nominee’s eldest son, trashed the speech as “classless” in a “CBS This Morning” interview.
“If you’re going to a convention, you either support or don’t go at all,” Trump said.
July 20, 2016
11:13 p.m. ET Donald Trump greets Mike Pence on stage after he finishes his speech.
10:42 p.m. ET Indiana Gov. Mike Pence officially accepts the GOP nomination for vice president of the United States.
“I accept your nomination to run and serve as vice president of the United States of America,” he said. “I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican — in that order.”
Pence said he “honestly” never thought he’d be standing there as Trump’s running mate.
He said the heroes of his youth were President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., but he switched to the Republican Party because of Ronald Reagan and “signed on for the Reagan revolution.”
Pence said GOP voters nominated a man “who never quits, who never backs down” and who’s a “fighter” and a “winner.”
“He’s got back-up and on November 8, I know we’ll elect Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States of America.”
Pence warned that this election will shape the direction of the Supreme Court for the next 40 years.
10:35 p.m. ET Before moving on to his prepared remarks, former Speaker Newt Gingrich said that delegates on the convention floor “misunderstood” a part of Ted Cruz’s speech Wednesday night.
Gingrich said that when Cruz told delegates to vote their conscience in November, he actually meant that voters should cast ballots for Trump. Cruz did not endorse Trump in his speech and was booed by delegates as he finished his remarks.
“The only possible candidate this fall is the Trump-Pence Republican ticket,” he said. “That way, we have a Republican ticket to implement Republican principles in Washington.”
For the rest of his speech, Gingrich, who ran for president in 2012 and who was vetted as a possible running mate for Trump, focused on national security. He listed all of the terror attacks around the world in the last 37 days and said that only Trump would provide the leadership necessary for strong U.S. national security.
Gingrich said in his speech, “We have nothing to fear from the vast majority of Muslims in the United States, or around the world. The vast majority are peaceful. They are often the victims of the violence themselves.”
That statement comes after he raised the idea last week of subjecting Muslims to take a test and deport those who supports Sharia law.
10:17 p.m. ET Eric Trump said Wednesday night that it’s “time for a president with common sense.”
“It’s time for a president who understands the art of a deal and who appreciates the value of a dollar,” he said.
Trump said his father has single-handedly employed “tens and tens and tens of thousands of people” around the country.
“It’s time for a president who understands the art of a deal and who appreciates the value of a dollar,” said Trump, who said his father has revitalized run-down neighborhoods and has shaped skylines across the country.
9:49 p.m. ET Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday night did not endorse Donald Trump for president and instead congratulated him on winning the GOP nomination.
“I congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night. Conventions are times of excitement. But given the events of the last few weeks, I hope you’ll allow me a moment to talk to you about what’s really at stake,” said Cruz, who was one of the last Republicans to drop out of the GOP primary race.
Cruz spoke about the shooting in Dallas and the terrorist attack in Orlando.
He slammed President Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s policies.
“My friends, this is madness. President Obama is a man who does everything backwards – he wants to close Guantanamo Bay and open up our borders, he exports jobs and imports terrorists. Enough is enough. There is a better vision for our future: A return to freedom,” he said.
Cruz encouraged voters to head to the polls in November, but didn’t say to vote for Trump.
“To those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution,” he said.
Delegates on the floor began booing Cruz loudly at the end of his speech.
9:34 p.m. ET Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, appeared in a brief video Wednesday night and argued that Trump is a better alternative compared to Hillary Clinton.
He slammed Clinton for planting the seeds for Obamacare, implementing President Obama’s foreign policy record and turning her back on Americans in Benghazi. Rubio said Trump is committed to cutting taxes, and taking threats from “Islamic radicals” seriously.
“After a long and spirited primary,” Rubio said, “It’s time to come together. It’s time to win in November.”
9:19 p.m. ET Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker embraced Donald Trump Wednesday night in his speech at the convention in Cleveland.
He engaged in a call and response exchange with delegates in the audience, similar to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s speech the night before.
“We believe in a country where we take the threat of terrorism seriously. We name it for what it is: Radical Islamic Terrorism. And we do everything in our power to eliminate it – to ensure our safety. Why? Because America deserves better,” said Walker, who dropped out of the presidential race early on last fall.
“Last August, I said that any of the Republicans running would be better than Hillary Clinton. I meant it then, and I mean it now. So let me be clear: a vote for anyone other than Donald Trump in November is a vote for Hillary Clinton,” he added.
8:35 p.m. ET Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said that Donald Trump will stop lawlessness in the U.S. and will reverse President Obama’s “unconstitutional” executive orders.
“Lock her up, I love that,” Bondi said as delegates chanted “lock her up,” referring to Hillary Clinton.
“He’ll enforce immigration laws to keep us safe, while allowing legal immigrants to bless this nation with their talents and their dreams. He’ll take control of our borders, because we must stop the flow of cocaine and heroin coming into our country and killing our kids,” she said.
Bondi said that Clinton would stack the Supreme Court with liberal justices who would target the Second Amendment.
8:25 p.m. ET South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has been spotted on the convention floor. She had previously said she wouldn’t attend. Haley never formally endorsed Donald Trump for president. She campaigned for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, during the GOP primaries and then endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for president.
7:58 p.m. ET Florida Gov. Rick Scott said that Donald Trump is the man who can destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and who can prevent another terrorist attack in the U.S.
“How many more Orlandos, San Bernadinos, or Fort Hoods will happen until President Obama decides to be honest? I cried with the grieving moms and dads and brothers and sisters of the 49 people slaughtered by an ISIS-inspired terrorist. This war is real. It is here in America. And the next President must destroy this evil,” Scott said. “Donald Trump is the man for that job.”
Scott said that he knows voters have “reservations” about Trump and he admitted that Trump is “sometimes not polite” and “can be a little rough.”
“But, this election is not actually about Donald Trump, or Hillary Clinton. In fact, this election is not about you or me either. This election is about the very survival of the American Dream,” he said.
Delegates on the floor began chanting, “Lock her up, lock her up!” again during his speech.
5:48 p.m. ET A GOP delegate who has called for Hillary Clinton to be “shot for treason” is being investigated by the Secret Service for his threat, multiple news outlets are reporting Wednesday evening.
Al Baldasaro, a New Hampshire representative and delegate for Trump, said in a radio interview that Clinton needs to be held responsible for the 2012 attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans. The comments were first reported by BuzzFeed.
“She is a disgrace for any, the lies she told those mothers about their children that got killed over there in Benghazi,” he said on the Jeff Kuhner Show in Boston Tuesday. “She dropped the ball on over 400 emails requesting back up security. Something’s wrong there. Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”
5:00 p.m. ET With just hours to go until Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s speech to delegates in Cleveland, a Pence adviser outlines
The goals of Pence’s speech are to hit Hillary Clinton, advocate for Republican unity and introduce himself and his bio to American voters. “He’s uplifting, it’s going to be Mike Pence, the Mike Pence you’ve seen and heard–he’s a conservative but not angry about it,” the adviser said.
The vice presidential nominee is spending the day doing speech prep and spending time with family.
4:51 p.m. ET More than just the pageantry of primetime speeches, the Republican convention is where the GOP works to solidify a platform of policies on which it is based and will run in the general election. CBS Politics has a good overview of this year’s platform highlights here, including building a border wall, putting increased “scrutiny” on refugees and overturning the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage.
4:20 p.m. ET At an American Unity Fund-sponsored event in Cleveland, former Olympian celebrity turned LGBT activist Caitlyn Jenner spoke about the need for the GOP to be a “big tent” party.
“It was easy to come out as trans, it was harder to come out as a Republican,” Jenner said at the event.
Asked whether she had any advice for Donald Trump and the Republican Party on how to approach the topic of transgender rights, Jenner spoke about the need for sensitivity to the transgender community.
“I would tell Donald that these people have been marginalized for so many years,” Jenner said. “They’re a small voting community but they’re out there….We need to provide a safe environment for them.”
3:01 p.m. ET With speeches coming up tonight from Newt Gingrich and Ted Cruz, the CBS News Election Unit’s Jennifer De Pinto looks at recent polling to see how both men are viewed:
Cruz, the runner-up in the Republican presidential primaries, is viewed more negatively than positively among registered voters nationwide, although Republicans are more apt to have a favorable view of him. Twenty-one percent of overall voters view Cruz favorably, while 42 percent have unfavorable opinion of him. About a third of voters are undecided or don’t know enough about him.
Gingrich gets positive ratings from rank and file Republican voters. Three times as many Republicans view him favorably as unfavorably, but he is less popular among registered voters overall.
12:34 p.m. ET Trump’s campaign releases a statement from Meredith McIver, who the Trump campaign identified as “an in-house staff writer from the Trump Organization.”
McIver took the fall for the plagiarized portions of Melania Trump’s speech: “This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trump, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.”
McIver offered her resignation to the Trumps Tuesday, but “they rejected it.”
“Mr. Trump told me that people make innocent mistakes and that we learn and grow from these experiences,” she wrote.
11:35 a.m. ET Donald Trump finally weighs in — via his preferred social medium, Twitter — on the controversy surrounding copied portions of Melania Trump’s Monday night convention speech.
8:30 a.m. ET Welcome to the third day of the Republican party’s national convention in Cleveland. Here’s a recap of last night’s (marginally) better program. And here’s what to watch for on this third convention night.
Wednesday’s theme is “Make America First Again,” with a focus on foreign policy and its impact on people at home.
The featured speakers include Eric Trump, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate.
One-time Trump rival, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio did not make it to Cleveland but will be speaking at the convention via video.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will also address the convention.
Other notable names to speak include: Eric Trump, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi, Vice President of the Eric Trump Foundation Lynne Patton, and conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.
Trump and Pence will also hold their first campaign rally together in Cleveland this afternoon.
Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chair, previewed the night’s convention speeches in an appearance on “CBS This Morning” Wednesday.
July 19, 2016
10:43 p.m. ET Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said that the U.S. would “never recover” from a Hillary Clinton administration.
“One of the most dangerous narratives being advanced by some in our own party is the notion that however dreadful a Hillary Clinton administration may be, the effects will be temporary or harmless….America may never recover from that,” said Carson, who then went off-script.
Carson said, “Are we willing to elect someone who acknowledges Lucifer?” The secular, progressive agenda is antithetical to the principles of the founding of this nation.”
Carson warned that the U.S. “will go down the tubes” if Americans allow religion to be taken away.
10:27 p.m. ET Donald Trump, Jr. said that his father can take on the impossible.
“I know that when people tell him it can’t be done, that guarantees he’s going to get it done. I know that when someone tells him that something is impossible that’s what triggers him into action,” he said. “Rather than give up he changed the entire skyline of New York. I’ve seen it time and time again… That look in his eyes when someone says it can’t be done.”
He said his father will give Americans a tax code that will free the U.S. economy and end loopholes for the wealthy, deliver an Obamacare repeal and replacement and an immigration law that protects Americans and gives them jobs.
“A president who will unleash the greatness in our nation and in all of us. Who will give the hardworking men and women who built this great nation a voice once again! That president can only be my mentor, my best friend, my father, Donald Trump,” he said.
9:52 p.m. ET Tiffany Trump, the GOP nominee’s youngest daughter, spoke highly of her father in her speech and said that he has always given her “unwavering support.”
“His desire for excellence is contagious,” she said. “He’s always helped me be the best version of myself. That’s a great quality to have in a father.”
She graduated from her undergraduate program at the University of Pennsylvania this spring. She said her father used to write “sweet notes” on all of her report cards.
“Donald Trump has never done anything halfway,” she said.
9:36 p.m. ET New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is up. Christie, who dropped out of the presidential race earlier this year and endorsed Trump for president, said that he would do “something fun tonight” in which he would help “hold Hillary Rodham Clinton accountable for her performance and her character.”
He then engaged in a call and response exchange with delegates on the floor in which he said he would present facts about her tenure as secretary of state and they would decide if she is guilty or not guilty.
Donning the mantle of the prosecutor he once was, Christie made his remarks a virtual trial of Hillary Clinton, whom he noted, would not be prosecuted by the Justice Department.
“What was the solution from the Obama/Clinton team? A hashtag campaign! Hillary Clinton, as an apologist for an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Nigeria resulting in the capture of innocent young women. Is she guilty or not guilty? See, she fights for the wrong people,” he said, for example.
Delegates chanted on the floor, “Lock her up, lock her up!”
“As to Hillary Clinton, the charge of putting herself ahead of America guilty or not guilty? Hillary Clinton, lying to the American people about her selfish, awful judgment in making our secrets vulnerable. What’s your verdict? Guilty or not guilty?” Christie said. “In Libya and Nigeria guilty. In China and Syria guilty. In Iran and Russia and Cuba guilty.”
9:21 p.m. ET House Speaker Paul Ryan takes the stage.
After acknowledging there have been differences in the GOP, Ryan goes on to deride Clinton’s candidacy as a third term for Barack Obama. Watch the Democratic convention, next week, he instructs. It’ll be “a four-day infomercial of politically correct moralizing.” You’ll be able to get through those four days with a little help from a mute button, but four more years? Not a chance, Ryan says.
“2016 is the year America moves on,” Ryan declares.
He claimed that the Democratic Party is the political party that has divided the country.
“Last, let the other party go on and on with its constant dividing up of people … always playing one group against the other, as if group identity were everything,” he said. “In America, aren’t we all supposed to see beyond class, or ethnicity, or all those other lines drawn to set us apart and lock us in groups?”
Ryan mentioned Trump only twice in his speech.
Near the end of his speech, Ryan also made a pitch for electing a conservative majority in Congress, and exhorted the crowd, “What do you say we unify this party, at this crucial moment when unity is everything?”
8:19 p.m. ET Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, announces that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has been selected as the vice presidential nominee.
8:09 p.m. ET Paul Ryan, the chair of the convention, makes the official declaration that Trump has won the GOP nomination.
7:13 p.m. ET Donald Trump has officially won the Republican nomination for president of the United States after New York put him over the edge for the required delegate threshold.
“We’re going to put New York into play this time around,” Donald Trump, Jr. said on the convention floor. “It is my honor to able to throw Donald Trump over the delegate count tonight. Congratulations, Dad, we love you!”
6:00 p.m. ET Delegates are gathered on the convention floor for the roll call vote that will formally nominate Donald Trump as the GOP’s candidate for president.
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions placed Trump’s name into nomination; House Speaker Paul Ryan is running the show, going state by state to have each delegation announce how many delegates are supporting Trump.
4:40 p.m. ET According to CBS affiliate WOIO in Cleveland, some of the protests outside the convention site have begun to get heated.
Several different groups are present, including the KKK, the Westboro Baptist Church and Black Lives Matter. Police are on the scene, and began to physically separate members of the groups. Stay tuned for updates.
4:30 p.m. ET With House Speaker Paul Ryan and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slated to speak tonight, CBS News’ Jennifer De Pinto digs through recent polling numbers to look at voters’ views on each of them:
Registered voters are divided in their opinion of Ryan, who is the chair of the Republican convention. Twenty-seven percent of voters view Ryan favorably, while another 27 percent have unfavorable opinion of him. Forty-six percent of voters are undecided or don’t know enough about him.
Christie is viewed more negatively than positively among registered voters nationwide, although Republicans are more apt to have a favorable view of him. Eighteen percent of voters view Christie favorably, while 38 percent have unfavorable opinion of him. Four in 10 voters are undecided or don’t know enough about him.
4:20 p.m. ET Accusations of plagiarism in Melania Trump’s GOP convention speech may be dominating the headlines Tuesday, but she’s far from the first political figure to lift lines from someone else’s work. Your CBS Politics team has put together a quick guide to some of the other famous cases of plagiarism in American politics.
1:30 p.m. ET Jennifer De Pinto, of CBS News’ Election Unit, breaks down the poll numbers behind how Donald Trump got to the Republican convention. Exit polling data provides a window into who backed the presumptive GOP nominee.
1:05 p.m. ET Shots were heard near a police vehicle by the Republican convention early Tuesday afternoon, Reuters reports.
The Cleveland police department later tweeted out, however, that “no shots” were aimed at the transport vehicle:
The city’s police department is also trying to keep protests peaceful by having their officers ride atop bikes, rather than cop cars.
Police chief Calvin Williams said the city added 300 more bicycles for the convention, hoping that officers would be more maneuverable and less threatening.
11:30 a.m. ET British rock band Queen didn’t take kindly to the convention’s use of their song “We Are the Champions,” which played as Donald Trump’s walked out on stage to introduce his wife Monday night.
In a tweet Tuesday morning, Queen said the convention’s use was “unauthorised” and “against our wishes.”
8:00 a.m. ET The theme for the convention’s second night is “Make America Work Again,” focusing on economic issues and, according to the RNC, solutions to “job-killing regulations and legislation like Obamacare.”
Notable guests include: House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchison, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, one-time Trump rival Ben Carson, and two of Trump’s children, Tiffany and Donald Jr.
Other names on the list: President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Dana White, executive director of the NRA’s political arm Chris Cox, professional golfer Natalie Gulbis, Trump Winery’s general manager Kerry Woolard, and soap opera actress Kimberlin Brown.
7:15 a.m. ET On “CBS This Morning,” Donald Trump’s campaign chair Paul Manafort defended Melania Trump’s Monday night speech speech — a 58-word portion of which seemed very similar to Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic national convention.
“There aren’t that many similarities,” Manafort said Tuesday morning, just hours after the potential first lady addressed the opening night of the Republican convention. “Frankly, this was her vision of what she wanted to communicate about her husband.”
Manafort admitted that Melania Trump’s speech as “a collaboration” with speechwriters.
In another interview with CNN, Manafort called it “crazy” to think that Trump “would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words.”
“This is, once again, an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down,” he added. “It’s not going to work.”
In a tweet, Jennifer Palmieri, Hillary Clinton’s communications director, responded to the accusations of politicizing from Manafort:
The Trump campaign also released an official statement about the speech Tuesday morning, saying that “Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking.”
“Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech,” said Jason Miller, Trump’s senior communications adviser.
On MSNBC Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also downplayed the charges leveled at Mrs. Trump. When asked whether it was plagiarism, Christie said: “Not when 93 percent of the speech is completely different.”
At a Bloomberg Politics breakfast, however, RNC Chair Reince Priebus said he would “probably” fire Trump’s speechwriter if the person had worked for him.
But, Priebus said: “It all kinda depends on the circumstances and how these things are written.”
Trump, for his part, praised his wife’s speech on Twitter:
July 18, 2016
1:24 a.m. ET That’s a wrap. Will Rahn says the convention has gotten off to a shaky start.
1:20 a.m. ET Melania Trump’s speech to the Republican convention included a passage that was very similar to one in Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech to the Democratic convention.
“My parents impressed on me the value of that you work hard for what you want in life,” Trump said at the Republican convention Monday night. “That your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise. That you treat people with respect. Show the values and morals in in the daily life. That is the lesson that we continue to pass on to our son.
“We need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. [Cheering] Because we want our children in these nations to know that the only limit to your achievement is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
And here’s what Obama said in 2008:
“And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.
“And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
10:49 p.m. ET Hillary Clinton believes that Donald Trump is the most dangerous man ever to run for President of the United States.
“What he has laid out is the most dangerous, reckless approach to being President than I think we’ve ever seen,” Clinton said in an hour-long interview with “CBS This Morning” host Charlie Rose Monday.
Rose asked Clinton if Trump is “the most dangerous man ever to run.”
“I believe that,” Clinton replied. “I believe that.”
Clinton’s interview, her first since Trump announced his running mate, took place at a campaign stop in Cincinnati, and it comes just days before Trump is set to be nominated by the Republican party at its convention in Cleveland. The presumptive Democratic nominee has previously and persistently characterized Trump as “temperamentally unfit” to do the job of president, and cast his proposals as “dangerous” and his style of campaigning as “divisive.” But her comments to Rose on Monday went one step further. — CBS News’ Hannah Fraser-Chanpong.
10:24 p.m. ET Melania Trump said her husband has “always been an amazing leader” and she said she’s proud of Republican voters’ choice for president.
“I have been with Donald for 18 years. He never had a hidden agenda,” she said. “Like me, he loves this country very much.”
She said she arrived in New York City 20 years ago and in July 2006, she became a U.S. citizen.
“I cannot take the freedoms this country offered for granted,” said Trump, who then recognized former GOP presidential nominee and Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kansas.
“Donald intends to represent all the people, not just some of the people. That includes Christians and Jews and Muslims, it includes Hispanics and African Americans and Asians, and the poor and the middle class,” she said.
10:23 p.m. ET Donald Trump makes a grand entrance to the convention as Queen’s “We are the champions” plays in the background and introduces his wife, Melania Trump, who he says will be “the next first lady of the United States.”
10:10 p.m. ET Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani delivered an impassioned speech about Trump and his record protecting and helping New York.
“What I did for New York, Donald Trump will do for America,” he said. “Every time New York suffered a tragedy, Donald Trump was there to help.”
Giuliani, who ran for president in 2008, said he’s “sick and tired” of the defamation of Trump by media and the Clinton campaign. He also slammed President Obama for not singling out Islamic extremist terrorism.
“We must not be afraid to define our enemy. It is Islamic extremist terrorism. I did not say all of Islamic. I did not say most of Islam. I said Islamic extremist terrorism,” he said. “You know who you are. We’re coming to get you!”
10:04 p.m. ET A protester interrupted Sen. Jeff Sessions’s, R-Alabama, speech. She appeared to be an anti-war demonstrator. It’s unclear if she is a member of a group.
9:14 p.m. ET Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said that Hillary Clinton is promising more of the same: “executive orders, amnesty and the surge of Syrian refugees.”
“This is a dangerous liberal agenda and it’s time for change,” he said. “We need to end sanctuary cities, keep dangerous people out of our country and secure our borders once and for all.”
McCaul warned that U.S. national security is at risk because its enemies no longer fear America and are plotting against it as a result of President Obama’s and Clinton’s policies.
“Over and over, Obama and Hillary apologized for America and allowed jihadists to spread like wildfire. We need someone who can repair the damage he has done, take the fight to the enemy and put America first. That man is Donald Trump. I am proud to be a member of his national security team.
9:00 p.m. ET
Ohio flags will fly at half-staff for duration of Republican convention
Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared, “As a mark of respect for the victims of the attack in Baton Rouge, flags will fly at half-staff through Jul. 22” throughout Ohio. pic.twitter.com/yWptFf0ZF6
CBS News’ Charlie Rose interviews Hillary Clinton
The interview will be broadcast later tonight during CBS News’ primetime coverage of the Republican National Convention. The full interview will air on Charlie Rose on PBS stations that air the program at 11 p.m. ET. Clips from the interview will also be featured on CBSN and on “CBS This Morning” 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Clips will be posted to cbsnews.com, charlierose.com and pbs.org.
8:57 p.m. ET Speaking to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Trump blasted Ohio Gov. John Kasich for deciding to skip the convention. He said he beat Kasich “very badly” in the primary.
“I beat him very, very soundly and you have to understand, this was a contentious, some people say the most contentious primary they have ever seen either party. If I were him and gotten beaten that badly, I probably wouldn’t show up either. He has a problem though. He signed the pledge. And from. a standpoint of honor, I think he should show up. I also think this: If this were the Democratic convention, I think he should show up because it’s good for Ohio,” Trump said.
8:49 p.m. ET Trump spoke to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and said that Black Lives Matter is calling for death to the police and suggested that he will have the group investigated.
“You see them marching and you see them on occasion, at least, I have seen it, where they are essentially calling death to the police. and that’s not acceptable whether you like them or don’t like them. That, Bill, is not acceptable. But I have seen it and you have seen it,” Trump told O’Reilly.
Asked what he would do as president about Black Lives Matter, Trump said, “Well, I think you have to look into it very seriously because people get themselves into big jams for saying a lot less than that. I mean I have seen them marching down the street essentially calling death to the police. and I think we’re going to have to look into that. Especially in light of what is happening with these maniacs going and shooting our police.”
CBS News’ Sopan Deb contributed.
8:31 p.m. ET The mother of Benghazi victim, Sean Smith, delivered an emotional speech at the convention, saying she personally blames Hillary Clinton for her son’s death in the 2012 attack in Libya.
“Hillary Clinton is a woman, a mother and a grandmother of two. I am a woman, a mother and a grandmother of two,” Pat Smith said at the convention. “Donald Trump is everything Hillary Clinton is not. He is blunt, direct and strong. He speaks his mind and his heart.”
Smith said that Trump will make the country stronger, not weaker.
“If Hillary Clinton can’t give us the truth, why should she give us the presidency?” she said. “That’s right, Hillary for prison. She deserves to be in stripes.”
8:18 p.m. ET “On July 18, 2016, the Secret Service began physical protection for Mrs. Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mr. Donald Trump,” said USSS spokesman Marty Mulholland in a statement. — CBS News’ Arden Farhi
8:05 p.m. ET Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson kicked off Monday night’s speech line-up.
“We’re both successful businessmen — although I flew commercial here, so I’m guessing he didn’t. We both have had hit television shows, and we both have intelligent wives who are much better-looking than we are,” Robertson said.
Robertson said that Trump “will have your back.”
“He may not always tell you what you want to hear. You may not always agree. It may not always be politically correct. Donald Trump will always tell you the truth as he sees it,” he said.
5:40 p.m. ET Melania Trump, Trump’s third wife, is a former model who Trump has previously called “a very beautiful woman.” But back in 1999, Trump believed that it could be a “negative” in the world of politics to have a beautiful woman by your side.
In December of 1999, Trump sat down with then-CBS News correspondent Dan Rather for an interview that would air in January on “60 Minutes II” and discussed his then-girlfriend.
“Let’s talk about what I think might be a sensitive area, but let’s talk about it,” Rather said to Trump. “You have– you describe yourself — a beautiful relationship at the moment with a beautiful woman. Plus or minus to have a beautiful woman at your side?”
“Probably minus,” Trump said. “It makes it exciting, it makes it nice. But when you have a very beautiful woman — and she’s a very beautiful woman — it perhaps looks — I don’t know. You know some other people may say, ‘Gee whiz I don’t want you watching television because I don’t want you looking at his girlfriend or his wife’ or this and you know, it could be a minus.”
4:30 p.m. ET A group of GOP delegates staged a protest on the convention floor Monday afternoon, attempting to force a roll call vote on the convention rules report and temporarily causing chaos in the hall–a move that was ultimately unsuccessful.
When the convention delegates voted on the Committee on Rules report, which outlines the rules for the convention, members of the Delegates Unbound movement called for a roll call vote–rather than a simple voice vote–on the rules. Shouts broke out in the convention hall, with pro-Trump delegates chanting their candidate’s name and “USA!”
According to CBS News’ Steve Chaggaris and Katiana Krawchenko, the group attempting to force a roll call vote submitted signatures from nine states (seven are required). But three states withdrew their support, which left the coalition, many of whom are anti-Trump supporters, delegates falling one state short. As a result, the rules were adopted by a voice vote. Some Delegates Unbound delegates walked out of the convention hall in protest.
4:10 p.m. ET With Melania Trump scheduled to take the stage tonight, Jennifer De Pinto, Manager of Surveys for CBS News, sends over some information on how she’s viewed in polls:
In the latest CBS News/New York Times Poll, few registered voters have an opinion of Melania Trump, the potential First Lady in a Donald Trump presidency. Sixty-nine percent are undecided or haven’t heard enough about her to have an opinion. Among those with an opinion, 15 percent have a favorable view of Mrs.Trump while, 12 percent have an unfavorable view.
Looking back to the spouses of other first time Republican presidential nominees, Melania Trump is viewed similarly to Sen. John McCain’s wife, Cindy McCain, before the 2008 Republican convention – seven in 10 of voters were undecided or didn’t know enough about Mrs. McCain at that time.
A convention speech can perhaps boost a potential First Lady’s name recognition. In polls conducted after the Republican conventions in 2012 and 2000, Ann Romney and Laura Bush were better known to voters than Mrs. Trump is today and voters nationwide and were more inclined to view both women favorably.
2:30 p.m. ET With the first night of primetime speakers only a few hours away, Trump’s campaign has released a full program of what to expect this week. Each night will be a variation on Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Tonight’s theme is “Make America Safe Again, with a focus on national security; Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, will speak, as will GOP lawmakers like Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions.
Tuesday’s theme is “Make America Work Again,” with a focus on economic issues and a critique of the Obama administration’s handling of the economy. Wednesday’s is “Make America First Again,” which the program says will suggest “bad policies and poor leadership have weakened our position in the world.” Thursday, the night Trump gives his big speech, is “Make America One Again,” a nod to party and national unity.
10:00 a.m. ET Donald Trump’s convention manager and campaign chair Paul Manafort stressed the importance of party unity ahead of the convention kickoff Monday, pointing to Trump’s running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, as one reason the unification process has accelerated.
Manafort also previewed the convention’s scheduled speakers this evening, including Trump’s wife, Melania, who the presumptive nominee will introduce.
“His wife’s speech is the beginning of what I would call the family testimonials that will describe Donald Trump the man,” Manafort said.
Trump and his wife will leave together to head back to New York. Trump will formally arrive at the convention on Wednesday, but, Manafort said, “he wanted to be here for the speech that his wife is going to give.”
Weighing in on some of the prominent Republicans skipping the convention, Manafort added: “Well, the party is unified.”
“Certainly the Bush family — well we would’ve like to have had them,” he said. But, “they are part of the past…we are dealing with the future.”
On Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s decision not to attend, Manafort noted that it was “embarrassing” that he chose not to play an active role at the convention.
“We wanted him to participate and he chose not to,” he said. “And we think that was a wrong decision.”
The CEO of the convention, Jeff Larson, addressed the anti-Trump delegate coalition and noted that their efforts to change the rules of the nominating process was a “little unfair.”
7:30 a.m. ET The Republican party’s national convention kicks off today. Here are some helpful links to keep up with the goings-on in Cleveland:
The convention theme for Monday is “Make America Safe Again” and will highlight the party’s counterterrorism and immigration platforms as they relate to national security.
Headline speakers include: Melania Trump, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, military veteran Jason Beardsley, and Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will also speak, along with Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, Marine veterans who fought in Benghazi, actor Scott Baio, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, reality television star Willie Robertson, and immigration reform advocates.
July 17, 2016
There were three main protests in Cleveland today, reports CBS News’ Jacqueline Alemany: an open carry rally for gun rights activists, a Circle of Love march, and a Stop Trump and the RNC demonstration.
The pro-Second Amendment protest was poorly attended, and in the wake of the Baton Rouge police shooting, Stephen Loomis of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association called on Ohio Gov. John Kasich to temporarily suspend open carry laws in the protest area. (Kasich’s office replied that it did not have the authority to do so.)
The Stop Trump rally also drew a small crowd and was relatively calm.
Police and media outnumbered the protesters at both events.
According to law enforcement officials, the city is well-prepared for any attacks that may be similar in fashion to the recent shooting in Dallas or to the truck attack in Nice, France: “The concrete barriers being placed around likely targets for a Nice style attack will stop most large vehicles unless the driver is very lucky,” a source tells Alemany. “The snow ploughs blocking the vehicle entrances to Public Square will stop pretty much anything. Police will be again reviewing the firearms threat to their officers after this morning’s shooting in Baton Rouge. It is possible that the threat will be deemed high enough to justify officers with long barreled weapons to provide counter sniper cover for officers policing events.”
Mike Pence tells Lesley Stahl, “[I]t’s probably obvious to people that our styles are different, but I promise you, our vision is exactly the same.” And asked whether he could stand up to Trump, Pence demurred a little, but Trump said that if his vice president came and told him he thought he was doing something wrong, he probably wouldn’t apologize, but he would “very likely listen to him.” One topic they don’t agree on — John McCain’s valor in the Vietnam war.
On the other hand, Trump doesn’t object to Pence’s support for the Iraq war, although he slams Hillary Clinton for her vote for the war.
Later, Stahl brought up Trump’s reputation as a man who wasn’t prone to being humble.
Trump interjected to say: “I think I am, actually, humble. I think I’m much more humble than you would understand.”
7:30 p.m. ET. The RNC releases the official program for the 2016 Republican National Convention, which is being billed as the “Make America Great Again” convention. Each day will have a different theme — Monday is Make America Safe Again, Tuesday will be Make America Work Again, Republicans will aim to Make America First Again on Wednesday, and on Thursday, the final night of the convention, Trump’s theme will be Make America One Again.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, is a new addition, and actor Scott Baio will also be speaking. CBS News’ Sean Gallitz confirmed that Johnson was personally invited to speak by Reince Priebus, first reported by Politico. Johnson’s topic is national security, and he’ll only be at the convention on Tuesday — the day he’s speaking — so that he can go home and campaign for his reelection.
2:30 p.m. ET Trump’s tweet in response to the Baton Rouge shooting came as the head of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, told CBS News that the group plans to ask Ohio Gov. John Kasich “to declare a state of emergency and issue and executive order to ban open carry until the end of the RNC,” saying that it’s “irresponsible” at this time to allow open carry.
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