We’re live in Cleveland for Day Two. On Monday, Donald Trump showed up to introduce his wife (whose speech at times sounded a lot like Michelle Obama’s in 2008, the Trump campaign is denying this accusation and blamed the fallout from it on Hillary Clinton), and his supporters toasted to the fact that, while it was a bit messy, the Never Trump contingent was shut down.
But today is even bigger. Today Trump will become Republican NOMINEE Donald Trump — no more of this presumptive stuff.
It’s Trump’s party
Tonight, Donald Trump will seal the deal and become the party’s official nominee. There was a moment Monday when that was called into question after Never Trumpers demanded a roll call vote on the rules in an effort to free up delegates to vote for whomever they want, but it got squashed swiftly. So now each state will ceremoniously announce how their delegation will vote, and since Trump has secured enough delegates through the primaries and caucuses (confused on how this works? Check out our convention guide) he’ll be the man in the general election starting Tuesday night.
This is actually pretty unconventional; in general, the roll call of the states takes place later in the week. But let’s be real: Has ANYTHING about Trump’s candidacy been according to the books?
You can expect to see House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. — whose coming-to-terms with Donald Trump has played out very publicly and at times awkwardly — and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Tuesday also features two of Trump’s former Republican primary competitors, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who may still be a little bit mad at the New York billionaire after he passed him up for vice president. Ben Carson will also speak.
But in an interview with CNN on Monday night, Christie brushed off questions about not being selected and said everyone would be over it by Tuesday. He, meanwhile, would turn his focus back to his role as head of Trump’s transition team should he win the presidency.
And what to expect for his speech tonight?
“I’m going to make a case tonight that Donald Trump is ready to be president of the United States, and perhaps his opponent is not,” Christie said on NBC’s “Today” Tuesday morning.
Keeping with Trump’s “showbiz” convention, Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and professional golfer Natalie Gulbis will also speak.
SOURCE: Eliza Collins