The Republican National Convention is in its fourth day in Cleveland. Politics reporter Jim Brunner is sending frequent updates. Follow along live.
This is a live account of how the final day of the Republican National Convention unfolded. Click here for a full story about Donald Trump’s acceptance of the nomination.
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- Donald Trump has accepted the nomination as the Republican candidate for president.
- Donald Trump has been chosen as the Republican nominee for president. He is expected to accept the nomination tonight, amid more protests.
- An effort to block Trump’s nomination, led in part by delegates from Washington, drew a lot of attention on the convention’s first day but ultimately failed. Washington’s delegation ended up giving him 44 votes.
- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz didn’t endorse Donald Trump in his speech last night, drawing boos from Trump fans. Cruz supporters are looking to 2020.
Update: 8:40 p.m.:
Trump’s speech is over, clocking in as the longest acceptance speech since 1972, according to C-SPAN.
Update: 8:30 p.m.:
In his speech, Trump said he’ll turn what he believes are bad trade deals into great ones for the country.
Update: 7:57 p.m.:
The crowd gave cheers and an ovation after Trump said, “I will do everything in my power to protect LGBTQ citizens” from terrorism.
Trump is bemoaning the attack in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people. He says the shooter was an “Islamic terrorist” who was driven by a “hateful foreign ideology.”
Update: 7:45 p.m.:
Trump has been speaking for about 20 minutes. He’s now laying into Hillary Clinton for problems caused by her use of a private homebrew email server.
“Corruption has reached a level like never, ever before in our country,” Trump told the crowd. “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.”
A woman waving a banner to protest the Trump campaign briefly interrupted the speech. The GOP presidential nominee paused for nearly a minute — as the crowd chanted, “USA!” — while waiting for police to remove her.
“How great are our police?” Trump said as authorities escorted the woman out of the arena.
During Trump’s remarks on Clinton, the crowd began chanting, “Lock her up!” — much like other nights of the convention. Trump waved his hands in a motion to discourage the refrain. Then, he said: “Let’s defeat her in November.”
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Update: 7:25 p.m.: Donald Trump is speaking now as the GOP convention hall erupts in applause and chants.
Update, 7:15 p.m.:
Ivanka Trump is speaking now. Trump will take the stage next.
Update, 6:45 p.m.:
Speeches are well under way for the final night of the Republican National Convention, when Trump will accept his nomination. Right now, Ivanka Trump is reportedly waiting on deck to introduce her father. His prepared speech is in a link below.
Update, 4:09 p.m.
Donald Trump’s prepared remarks for his Republican National Convention speech were published by several media organizations Thursday night, apparently breaking an embargo.
The Washington Post has an annotated version here.
Update, 3:48 p.m.
It’s not all protests and politics at the convention. Here’s some groovin’ street tunes.
Update, 3 p.m.
Two police officers were treated for “unknown skin irritations” near the Republican National Convention, police said.
Update, 2:47 p.m.
The norovirus that broke out among California delegates and guests has spread to another person in the group, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Earlier, at least a dozen staffers came down with symptoms related to the virus.
Update, 2:22 p.m.
Update, 1:09 a.m.
ICYMI, it’s time to vote. h/t Jim Brunner
Update, 11:05 a.m.
Update, 9:15 a.m.
The tree-hat poll results are in. Sad!
Update, 7:10 a.m.
In a prayer at the Washington state delegation breakfast, Chuck Gerringer of Redmond asked for unity — even if, he said, God chose a “tough vessel” in Donald Trump.
It wasn’t all animosity toward the nominee this morning, however:
Trump winery manager Kerry Woolard told attendees the convention-rules fight involved “maybe 10” people. There were more than that from the Washington group alone.
Things got testy for a bit as a man asked Woolard whether she plans to vote her conscience and whether all voters should. She replied that Trump “would be an amazing president,” and the man said, “So the answer is yes.” Another delegate, tired of the haranguing, cut in loudly: “Grow up!”
State party chair Susan Hutchison drew big applause when she touched on the tension in her address to the breakfast.
Update, 6:40 a.m.
State GOP Chair Susan Hutchison angrily confronted Texas Sen. Ted Cruz after his speech to the Republican National Convention last night, calling him a “traitor” for refusing to endorse Donald Trump.
In what she called a chance encounter, Hutchison ran into Cruz near an elevator at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Hutchison said she introduced herself as head of the Washington GOP and told Cruz, “I think what you did was inexcusable, and I think you’re a traitor to the party.”
Cruz appeared “kind of surprised,” Hutchison said. His wife, Heidi, stepped in between them.
“[She] kind of grabbed me and said, ‘You’re wrong, you’re wrong,'” Hutchison said. “I said, ‘Oh, Heidi, I love you.’ I do — I think she’s fantastic.”
Hutchison said Cruz had “an opportunity to be a statesman,” but “he blew it.” The Texas senator’s speech was greeted with loud boos from Trump supporters as he pointedly declined to endorse Trump, instead telling Republicans to vote their consciences in November.
“The winner allowed the loser this opportunity to be on prime-time television and it just, I think it just knocked everybody over that he didn’t respond in kind to that graciousness,” Hutchison said. “He didn’t have to endorse. He didn’t have to use those words, but he could have said ‘let’s unite around our ticket and lets make sure they beat Hillary Clinton in the fall.’ “
The confrontation drew national attention with Buzzfeed News reporting on a witness to the scene who said Hutchison went “bananas” on Cruz. Hutchison said she was “animated” but was not threatening.
Hutchison’s comments could prove awkward, as many in Washington’s delegation to the RNC are ardent backers of Cruz. They spent part of yesterday afternoon listening to Cruz speak at a “thank you” event at a waterfront bar. Ted and Heidi Cruz made time for a personal photo with the Washington state delegates at the event.
Late last night, at the suburban hotel where the Washington delegation is staying, some defended Hutchison’s comments.
“Susan speaks her mind. Susan doesn’t mince words,” said Olga Farnham, an alternate delegate from Snohomish, who said she was surprised by Cruz’s speech.
Fredi Simpson, a Republican National Committee member from Wenatchee, said Cruz delivered “the most disrespectful speech I have ever heard.” Referring to reports that the Trump campaign had seen the Cruz speech in advance, Simpson said “this to me proves that Trump has a lot of class.”
Simpson said she thinks Cruz’s speech will haunt him if he tries to run for president in 2020. “I think he shot himself in the foot and put the last nail in his coffin,” she said.
Kalup Venaman, an alternate delegate from Vancouver, said he didn’t see anything wrong with Cruz’s speech. “He endorsed constitutional conservatives,” Venaman said. “So if he [Trump] is a constitutional conservative people should support him.”
But, he said, “I don’t believe he is.”
Update, 6 a.m.
Donald Trump said he saw Ted Cruz’s endorsement-free speech ahead of time.
Bellevue resident Jennifer Fetters, a delegate who supports Ted Cruz, tweeted a series of critiques of the backlash. She said that by calling Cruz a “traitor to the party,” state Republican Party chair Susan Hutchison had “disappointed her delegates and embarrassed her state.”