GOP Convention Day 2: Watch Speeches From Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Chris Christie and More
The New Jersey governor took direct aim at Hillary Clinton and had the crowd crying out: "Guilty!" and "Lock her up!" Trump's children followed, delivering the humanizing speeches many had been waiting for on Tuesday night.
Republicans officially nominated Donald Trump as their presidential nominee on Tuesday night.
Following the announcement and a video message from Trump, the speakers who took the stage included Trump's campaign-rivals-turned-supporters, Dr. Ben Carson and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and two of his children, Tiffany Trump and Donald Trump Jr., as well as House Speaker Paul Ryan.
After Monday's night's list of speakers, which fell considerably short of A-list and saw controversy over Melania Trump's plagiarized speech, the roster on Day 2 — themed "Make America Work Again" — also included unusual names, including Andy Wist, founder and CEO of a waterproofing company in the Bronx, and Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
White was up first and he took the opportunity to praise Trump for being a fighter in his brief address.
"I am not a politician, but I was blown away and honored to be here tonight," he began Telling the crowd how Trump championed UFC before it was popular, he said: "The Donald Trump that I know ... he shows up."
Adding, "Ladies and gentlemen, Donald Trump is a fighter and I know he will fight for this country."
As the speeches were underway, police outside the convention worked to break up groups of demonstrators and protesters.
Pro golfer and Celebrity Apprentice alum Natalie Gulbis and House Speaker Paul Ryan followed, with Ryan acknowledging his and Trump's initially rocky relationship. "Have we had our arguments? Sure we have," he said.
But his message was to unify the party at "this crucial moment," adding: "Only with Donald Trump and Mike Pence do we have a chance at a better way."
Calling next week's Democratic convention a "four-day infomercial of politically correct moralizing," he said to the crowd: "The Clinton years are over: 2016 is the year America moves on."
Next, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came out swinging, presenting his case against Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton and spurring the crowd to cry out: "Guilty!" and "Lock her up!"
Saying Clinton lied to the nation about "her selfish, awful judgment," Christie — who fell short in his GOP presidential bid — says voters shouldn't elect Clinton as president and reward what he calls her incompetence.
Christie told the crowd that Clinton's performance as Secretary of State was dismal, and that voters should hold her accountable for failures in Libya, Iran and elsewhere.
Naming Nigeria, China, and Syria as other examples, Christie launched a mock trial, asking after each: "Is she guilty or not guilty?"
"She fights for the wrong people," he said. "She never fights for us."
"Here at home," he closed, "she set up a private email server in her basement in violation of our national security. Let's face the facts: Hillary Clinton cared more about protecting her own secrets than she did about America's secrets.
"The charge of putting herself ahead of America: Guilty or not guilty?"
Clinton delivered a swift response, Tweeting:
Tiffany Trump, a recent college graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, followed Christie's impassioned address, shifting the speeches into a humanizing direction.
"I have admired my father all of my life," she said. "And I love him with all of my heart."
"My dad is a natural-born encourager," she continued. "Donald Trump has never done anything halfway, least of all as a parent."
Trump Jr. followed, delivering the speech many had been waiting for.
"For my generation, this is the most important election of our lifetime," he began. "[Trump] changed the skyline of New York ... I've seen it time and time again, that look in his eyes when he's told something can't be done. For my father, 'impossible' is just the starting point.
"We need to elect a man who has a track record of accomplishing the impossible."
Listing his "unrelenting determination" as proof as to how he can "fix the country," Trump Jr. recounted being by his side as his father ran his businesses.
"His true gift as a leader is seeing the potential in people that they don't see themselves," he said.
He added, "The other party also tells us they believe in the American dream. But they don’t tell you that it was their policies that caused the problem, and it was their policies that have no accountability."
Many on Twitter hailed Trump Jr.'s speech as the best of the night and of the convention so far.
Carson kicked things up a notch when he took the stage to deliver the night's most bizarre speech.
Telling the crowd, "I hate political correctness," the neurosegeon deviated from his prepared speech to link Clinton to Lucifer, citing one of her "role models," community organizer Saul Alinsky.
“One of the things that I have learned about Hillary Clinton is that one of her heroes, her mentors was Saul Alinsky," he said. "And her senior thesis was about Saul Alinsky. This was someone she greatly admired. And let me tell you something about Saul Alinsky. So he wrote a book called Rules for Radicals. It acknowledges Lucifer, the original radical who gained his own kingdom."
"Now think about that," he said. "Are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer?"