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Nominating Trump, Indicting Clinton and Other Top Convention Day 2 Moments

Trump's children talked about him as a father as GOP leaders attacked Clinton



    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie energized the crowd at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, delivering a full-throated takedown of Democrat Hillary Clinton. (Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016)

    Donald J. Trump officially became the presidential nominee of the Republican Party on the second day of its convention in Cleveland on Tuesday -- as his children and the Republican leadership took the stage. Here are some of the night's top moments that you might have missed.

    Trump Clinches the Nomination
    Donald Trump locked up the Republican Party's presidential nomination on Tuesday just after 7 p.m. when his son, Donald Trump Jr., announced from the floor that the majority of New York's delegates were casting their vote for him.

    "It is my honor to be able to throw Donald Trump over the top in the delegate count tonight with 89 delegates and another six for John Kasich," he said. "Congratulations Dad, we love you."

    The younger Trump pledged that the campaign would put the solidly Democratic New York into play in the November election with support from areas that are not particularly conservative.

    "It's not a campaign anymore," the younger Trump said. "It’s a movement. Speaking to real Americans, giving them a voice again."

    The Stop Trump movement was stopped but not without embarrassment. Kasich has not endorsed Trump and the Ohio governor has refused to attend the convention in his home state.

    Washington, D.C.'s delegation tried to award 10 votes to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and nine to Kasich in accordance with its primary results, but was turned back by convention officials. All of its votes went to Trump. On MSNBC, one of the Kasich delegates called the rule interpretation an outrage.

    Alaska's delegation objected to the same rule by demanding a roll call vote. The request was denied -- and all of its delegates also went to Trump -- but the convention's speakers were delayed.

    Scenes From the GOP Convention in ClevelandScenes From the GOP Convention in Cleveland

    A Hello from New York
    Donald Trump left Cleveland for New York City but returned to the convention remotely. He was proud to be the Republican nominee, he said.

    "By the way, we are going to win the state of Ohio and also of course we are going to win the presidency," he said.

    He promised to restore law and order and a strong border, to eliminate the Islamic State and to put the American people first.

    Trump will be in Cleveland again on Wednesday with his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

    Auditioning for Attorney General?
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former federal prosecutor, told the audience that because the U.S. Justice Department had refused to prosecute Hillary Clinton, he would present the facts and let them sit as a jury of her peers.

    "She fights for the wrong people," he said. "She never fights for us."

    He called her the architect of the disastrous overthrow of the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, an apologist for Nigeria's Boko Haram, which later abducted still-missing school girls, an awful judge of Syria President Bashar al-Assad and the inept negotiator of a nuclear arms deal with Iran, the worst in U.S. history.

    Guilty or not guilty, he asked in what became a refrain. 

    "Lock her up," the crowd chanted.

    Clinton fired back on Twitter with a reference to the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal

    "If you think Chris Christie can lecture anyone on ethics, we have a bridge to sell you," she wrote.

    Family Trump
    Donald Trump's Son Speaks on Night 2 of RNCDonald Trump's Son Speaks on Night 2 of RNCDuring the second night of the Republican National Convention, Donald trump Jr. took to the stage, detailing his father’s character.

    “For too long our country has ignored its problems, punting them down the road,” he said. “We need to elect a man who has a track record of accomplishing the impossible.” (Published Tuesday, July 19, 2016)

    In addition to Donald Trump Jr.'s role in his father's nomination, he gave what some commentators called the best speech of the convention. He described his father as his mentor and his best friend, a man who never gives up, who changed the skyline of New York City.

    "For my father, impossible is just the starting point," he said. "That's how he approaches business projects. That's how he approaches life."

    He said his father had spent his career with regular Americans, pouring concrete and hanging sheetrock on construction sites, valuing their opinions as much or more than the graduates of Harvard University or Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    "We didn't learn from MBAs," the son said. "We learned from people who had doctorates in common sense."

    Donald Trump's daughter, Tiffany Trump, called her father "a natural born encourager" whose "desire for excellence is contagious."

    Full Tiffany Trump Speech on Night 2 of RNCFull Tiffany Trump Speech on Night 2 of RNCTiffany Trump speaks on night two of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. (Published Tuesday, July 19, 2016)

    "He always helped me be the best version of myself by encouragement and by example," she said.

    They spoke as fallout continued over Melania Trump's speech Monday night — a portion of which was nearly identical to one Michelle Obama gave in 2008. NBC News reported that the original draft of the speech did not include the disputed section.

    The campaign denied there had been any plagiarism in the speech by Donald Trump's wife, and deflected questions about whether anyone should be fired. Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman, accused Hillary Clinton of bringing attention to the accusations. But Donald Trump Jr. seemed to blame unidentified speechwriters and the former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who was pushed out in favor of Manafort, said Manafort should take responsibility.


    Emilie Plesset contributed information to this article.