Donald Trump overcomes convention floor opposition to become official GOP nominee
In alphabetical order, states and territories and the District of Columbia all officially cast their delegate votes for the presidential nomination. With some states passing on their turn, it was New York's delegation that put Trump over the 1,237 delegate threshold.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas trailed with just over 200 delegates, and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Ohio Governor John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson claimed even fewer. Their names garnered some boos from the convention floor when announced during delegate vote counts.
It was Trump's son, Donald Trump, Jr., who made the call that cast New York's 95 delegate votes to win Trump the nomination.
"It doesn't get any more surreal than that," Trump, Jr. told CNN from the floor.
New York delegation propels Trump over top in delegate count. Now playing "New York, New York" in the convention hall. #RNCinCLE— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 19, 2016
Meanwhile, outside the convention venue, police have reportedly declared a protest unlawful, threatening arrests or "other action," while giving reporters five minutes to clear the area.
Police just declared current protest unlawful. Threaten arrest or "other action." Give activist and media 5 minutes to leave. #RNCinCLE— RNC Protests (@rncprotests) July 19, 2016
Trying to get to the convention arena & talk to people following Trump nomination vote. Shuttle route blocked by protest, though. #RNCinCLE— Nebojsa Malic (@NebojsaMalic) July 19, 2016
The reactions online, whether in support or opposition, encompassed the passion of the moment that Trump became the official Republican nominee for president.
The level of fear mongering and scapegoating at #RNCinCLE is making me wonder-- is there a nice attic where I can stay & write my memoirs?— Naomi Karavani (@naomikaravani) July 19, 2016
To any person who said Trump would never get the nomination, I officially am rolling out the red mat & welcoming you to join us. #Trump2016— #NeverHillary (@ScottPresler) July 19, 2016
Mike Lee: "This is Donald Trump's night. He just won the nomination. Let's let him enjoy it."— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) July 19, 2016
Donald Trump wrote his first tweet as the official Republican presidential nominee, thanking his supporters and promised to "work hard and never let you down! AMERICA FIRST!"
Such a great honor to be the Republican Nominee for President of the United States. I will work hard and never let you down! AMERICA FIRST!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2016