What Millennials Can Take Away From the #RNCinCLE
Politics is taking over your late night summer TV: It's the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland!
It's officially official: Donald J. Trump has become the Republican Party's 2016 nominee for president.
He is no longer a "presumptive" nominee and is now the Republican choice on Election Day in November.
It happened in an alphabetical state-by-state roll call where each state declares which of their delegates go towards which candidate. (Yes, that means some delegates still went to Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Ben Carson.)
The final tally: 1,725: Trump
Not a typo on Bush.
— adam nagourney (@adamnagourney) July 20, 2016
Just as long as Trump hit the required 1,237 delegates to clinch the nomination. And he did.
To make it all the more special, the RNC made sure his home state of New York was the one to push Trump over the top. And his son, Donald Jr., got to announce that his father was over the top.
— POLITICO (@politico) July 19, 2016
"Congratulations dad we love you"Donald trump Jr telling the crowd his dad has the delegates he needs
— Maria Stephanos (@mariastephanos) July 19, 2016
And House Speaker Paul Ryan made it official.
— POLITICO (@politico) July 20, 2016
The RNC is a four-day convention with events, votes, and speakers. Protests outside the convention center have been pretty peaceful so far.
Here's a few things young Americans can learn from the RNC.
1. Unity, schmunity
House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and RNC chair Reince Preibus are among the Republicans pushing for togetherness and party unity.
— Molly O'Toole (@mollymotoole) July 20, 2016
Ryan said the party's divisiveness is just human nature:
"Democracy is a series of choices. We Republicans have made our choice. Have we had our arguments this year? Sure we have. You know what I call those? Signs of life. Signs of a party that is not just going through the motions, not just mounting, mouthing new words for the same old stuff."
Ryan barely mentioned Trump in his speech, but when he did, it was to rally the troops:
"Only with Donald Trump and Mike Pence do we have a chance of a better way [...] Whatever we lack going into this campaign, we should not lack for motivation," Ryan said in closing. "In the plainest terms I know, it is all on the line. So let's act that way. Let's act that way."
Numerous speakers painted Hillary Clinton as the devil -- literally -- and said the goal was to defeat her in November.
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) July 20, 2016
But then Ted Cruz came along and told everybody to "vote your conscience," throwing that whole party unity thing out the window. Did he troll Trump and the Republican party, or just stick to his values?
Lesson learned: You don't have to toe the party line.
2. Haters gonna hate
— Katrina vandenHeuvel (@KatrinaNation) July 20, 2016
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pulled a "mock trial" on Clinton in his speech. (He's a former federal prosecutor.)
“We’re going to present the facts to you, as a jury of her peers, both in this hall and in living rooms around our nation. I’m going to render a case on the facts against Hillary Rodham Clinton."
He referred to her history with China, Libya, Russia, Syria, emails, and more. Christie would pose a scenario Clinton did and ask the audience if she was guilty, then they'd respond with a resounding "Guilty!" He wrapped up:
“We didn’t disqualify Hillary Clinton to be president of the United States. The facts of her life and career disqualify her. It is time to come together and make sure that Donald Trump is the next president of the United States."
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 20, 2016
By leading "lock her up" chants, GOP speakers are trying to delegitimize Clinton presidency in advance: https://t.co/AtPhv9Wq9u
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) July 20, 2016
Other people talked about Clinton, including former Trump rival Ben Carson, Retired Lt. General Mike Flynn, former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, and others.
Meanwhile, former rival and Governor of Ohio John Kasich and political dynasty Bushes didn't show up, nor did the party's last nominee, Mitt Romney.
Rudy: Are we crazy?
Crowd: Yeahhhh! pic.twitter.com/JxXN5gd8fM
— Danny (@recordsANDradio) July 19, 2016
Sharon O'Day, co-chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, talked about electing a female president when it came to Clinton:
“I want to see a woman become president one day, and I want my granddaughters to see a woman president .?.?. but not that woman .?.?. Hillary Clinton .?.?. not now .?.?. not ever.”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 20, 2016
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 20, 2016
Let's do this. pic.twitter.com/DtYYBDTWE6
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 19, 2016
Lesson learned: The haters will come for you. All you have control of is how you respond.
3. It's a family affair
Members of Donald Trump's family gave rousing speeches all week long.
So far the speakers at the RNC have not quite mentioned their nominee. I wonder why the accolades are only coming from his family? #RNCinCLE
— Paul (@TruthDrivenLife) July 20, 2016
His wife Melania Trump took the podium on Monday night, but backlash ensued when it came out that parts of her speech had been copied straight from Michelle Obama's DNC speech in 2008.
Meanwhile, three of Trump's kids took the stage on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tiffany Trump, his daughter from his second marriage, talked about how her dad has supported her:
"He's always helped me be the best version of myself. By encouragement and by example, he motivates me to work my hardest and stay true to who I am and what I believe. That's what he does. He draws out the talent and drive in people."
Tiffany Trump doing a much better job than Melania at humanizing Trump. Still short of sweet anecdotes, perhaps because there aren't any.
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) July 20, 2016
His oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., said his father is a hard worker and not a snob:
“When people tell him it can’t be done, that guarantees he gets it done. [...] He didn’t hide out behind some desk in an executive suite. He hung out with regular guys pouring concrete and hanging sheetrock."
And Eric Trump gave an impassioned speech on Wednesday about his supportive, hardworking, unconventional father:
Ivanka Trump is due to introduce her dad when he accepts the party's nomination. Only Barron Trump, Melania's only child, isn't on the slate to speak.
Lesson learned: Count on your family to support you in stressful times.
Patrick deHahn is a freelance international news reporter, having contributed to The Atlantic online and Mic. He's worked at CNNMoney, the New York Daily News, and Voice of America. Patrick loves tweeting, reading, and grabbing coffee in either New York or Washington D.C. Tweet anything on politics or world conflict to him! Follow: @patrickdehahn.