“Make America Work Again” is the theme of the second night of the Republican National Convention, the four-day event that officially nominated Donald Trump as its presidential candidate in a roll-call vote Tuesday evening.
Trump addressed the convention briefly from New York. Other speakers included Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Ben Carson and two of Trump’s children, Tiffany and Donald Jr.
Sajid Tarar, founder of American Muslims for Trump, gave a benediction at the end of the evening.
“God bless America, God bless Donald Trump,” he said.
Kimberlin Brown, an actress who has appeared in TV’s soap opera, “The Young and the Restless,” said she is offended when the media typecasts women as single-issue voters.
She spoke about running her own small business — she is a California avocado farmer. She said she is concerned about “needless, out of control” government red tape.
She said many women own small businesses. High taxes, over regulation and “suspect trade deals” are harming businesses, she said.
Imports are harming local businesses, she said.
Trump “will make trade deals that will benefit working men and women” in the U.S., she said.
“We need a leader who will shake things up,” she said.
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, onetime presidential candidate, said Hillary Clinton would appoint people who would have an impact for generations and “America would not recover.”
“She would continue with a system that denigrates the education of our young people, puts people in a position that they are never going to get a job.”
Carson, who got a strong ovation from the crowd, said he is not politically correct “and I hate political correctness.”
“We must resist the temptation to take the easy way out” and not just do what the political elite and the media tell us to do, he said.
One of Clinton’s mentors was Saul Alinsky, someone “she greatly admired,” Carson said. Alinsky wrote a book, “Rules for Radicals,” he said, and it refers to Lucifer.
With Clinton, “our nation will go down the tubes,” he said.
“I’m proud to support Donald Trump,” he said.
“Donald Trump understands that the blessings of this nation comes along with the responsibility to make sure they are available to all.”
He said Trump is “the right leader for a time such as this.”
“Now is the time to rise up and take America back,” he said.
Donald Trump Jr. said he is “the son of a great man.”
For his generation, this is “the most important election of our lifetimes,” he said.
Trump “has a track record of accomplishing the impossible.”
“I know when people tell him it can’t be done, that guarantees it will get done.”
His father, just a guy from Queens, “changed the skyline of New York” against all odds, he said.
“I’ve seen that look in his eye when somone tells him it couldn’t be done...for my father ‘impossible’ is just the starting point. That’s how he approaches politics, that’s how he approaches life....he is always fully committed.”
He stood next to “16 other professional politicians” and “this week he will be “the nominee for president of the United States.”
His father hung out with construction workers and valued their opinions, even more than the guys from Harvard and Wharton.
“Let me tell you how he ran his businesses...he didn’t hide out behind a desk in his executive suite.....he recognizes the talent and the drive that all Americans have.
“To this day many of the top executives in our company started out in positions that were blue collar but he saw something in them” that would make them succeed.
Saying “the other party” is the “party of risk” because they are weak leaders. He added that Hillary Clinton would be the first president who “couldn’t pass a background check.”
Politicians gave us the “worst immigration system in the world.”
The system “favors illegals over those trying to go through the process legally,” he said
He called for parents to be able to choose which schools they can send their kids to, and criticized tenure.
Hillary Clinton would be the first president who could not pass a background check, he said.
Trump’s daughter, Tiffany: “Whatever he does he gives his all and does it well....he’s always helped me be the best version of myself...he motivates me to work my hardest.
“He draws out the talent and the drive in people so that they can reach their full potential.”
She called him “a good man that America is coming to know.”
She said her father paid more attention to her teachers’ comments about her on report cards than to her specific grades.
“Donald Trump has never done anything half way.”
She said her father is funny, real and friendly in person.
He said Trump was the first to call when she lost someone close to her. “My dad is a natural-born encourager.”
“I never pictured myself saying this to a packed arena but I am grateful for the chance.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he is “going to present the facts” in the case against Hillary Clinton and recount the countries that have been “infected” by “Clinton’s bad judgement.”
“Answer me now, is she guilty or not guilty?”
“Guilty!” the crowd answered.
Christie touched on the political situations in Syria, China, Iran and other countries, asking the crowd the same question.
The crowd chanted: “Lock her up!”
“We have an alternative. We have a man who is not afraid...who wants to lead us.”
“I implore you we do not need to settle for less,” he said, adding that the Clinton years would mean “all the failures of the Obama years, with less charm and more lies.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan: “The Obama years are almost over. The Clinton years are way over. 2016 is the year America moves on.”
Ryan thanked law enforcement for their service this week in Cleveland.
He recalled he was the Republican nominee in the last election for vice president. “Democracy is a series of choices,” he said.
“Have we had our arguments this year? Sure we have.” But he called them “signs of life.”
People clearly want a change in direction and a clean break, he said. Democrats “are offering you a third Obama term brought to you by another Clinton.”
He said people could survive four days of the Democratic convention next week with the help of the mute button, but four more years of Democratic control of the White House — “not a chance.”
“Liberal progressive ideas have done exactly nothing to help” the country, he said.
Poverty in America is worse under Obama, he said.
“It still comes down to a contest of ideas,” he said.
He said we need to build “a 21st century military” and that Republicans can better fight poverty.
“Straight from the Declaration of Independence — that is the Republican ideal.”
“The Republican Party stands as the great enduring alternative party...not the distributer of gifts and privilege but once again the protector of liberties.”
“We in this party are commited to a federal government that is a servant of the people,” he said.
‘We offer a better way for America with ideas that actually work.”
“In the plainest terms I know, it is all on the line.”
“Our candidates will be giving their all....what do you say that we unify this party at this crucial moment when unity is everything.....let’s compete in every part of america...Fellow Republicans, what we have begun here, lets see this thing through. Let’s win this thing.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
“Fortunately there is a clear choice in front of us and it’s not Hillary.”
Referring to many key pieces of legislation, he repeated the mantra: “Obama vetoed it, Donald Trump would sign it.”
Trump speaks from New York via satellite.
“Good evening. Are you having fun?” Trump told the convention in a video stream from Trump Towers in New York at about 9 p.m.
He called it a “very, very special day,” referring to his gaining the nomination.
“It’s something I will never ever forget,” he said.
He noted he had received the largest vote total in the history of the Republican party and said he was “so proud to be the nominee.”
He also said he will “build a brighter and more hopeful future” for the country, and on Thursday would give more details.
He said he will be in Cleveland tomorrow and Thursday.
He pledged to “bring real change and leadership back to Washington” and that he would “put the American people first.” He said he would bring back jobs, strengthen the military and take care of veterans.
“We are going to restore law and order,” he said. “We are going to make America great again. We will win in November.”
“I’m so proud to be your nominee for president of the United States,” he said.
He said he will be speaking Thursday about “how to build a brighter future.”
He added: “By the way, we are going to win the state of Ohio and also of course the presidency and bring real change and leadership back to Washington...a leadership that puts the American people first. We’re going to bring back our jobs...rebuild our depeleted military...restore law and order.....and just so many other things.“Thursday night we’ll be talking all about it. Most importantly we are going to make America great again.”
Before Trump spoke, Natalie Gulbis, a professional golfer, said she greatly admires Trump. She identified herself as a “Christian woman.”
She said she played golf with Trump in 2005. He helped her open a Boys and Girls club. He encouraged her to think as a business woman and “lean in” to any professional challenge that comes her way.
She said the country desperately needs someone to clean up “the mess” it finds itself in — and that person is Trump.
Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, said people should have the right to bear arms to defend themselves. He said a Clinton presidency would mean a Supreme Court that would take away that right.
He said Clinton herself is protected by armed guards.
“In America there cannot be one set of rules for the Clintons, and another for us.”
He said American women are the fastest growing group of gun owners. Trump and his sons are NRA members, he said. “The right to protect your life is the most precious right that you have.”
“We are on the cusp of losing this great American freedom...the only way to save it is to elect Donald Trump president of the United States.”
Michael B. Mukasey, former attorney general, said Clinton sent and received top secret information on an unsecure private email system.
He said she lied, saying there was no classified information involved. Clinton, he said, is asking the country to make her the first female president after she violated the law, and that she is not qualified for the office.
“No way Hillary, no way on earth,” he said.
Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas attorney general, said Hillary Clinton speaks sometimes with a New York accent, sometimes with an Arkansas accent.
She said Arkansas is the state where the Clintons started their “careers of corruption.”
“Hillary is a lawyer but she acts like the law doesn’t apply to her,” she said.
“Hillary needs to go to her own house and not the White House, and she can take [Supreme Court Justice] Ruth Bader Ginsburg with her,” he said.
Gov. Asa Hutchison of Arkansas said a “new energy” is needed to build the economy and fight terrorism. He attacked Hillary Clinton for failures on fighting terrorism and reforming health care.
He said experience matters, “but judgment matters more.” He cited the FBI report on Clinton’s alleged mishandling of classified materials.
A Clinton presidency “will endanger our national security” and damage the economy, he said.
Speakers began delivering their comments, starting with Dana White, president of Ultimate Fighting Championship.
White said Trump helped his business succeed, and that Trump is a “hard worker…He will put in the time to get things done.”
“He always reaches out to me when something has happened in my career,” he said. “We need someone who will fight for this country.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan officially announces Trump is the Republican Party’s presidential candidate with 1,725 delegate votes. The announcement was delayed after the Alaska delegation raised a procedural point. The dispute also delayed the start of the night’s schedule of speakers.
Ryan also said Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was nominated as the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate.