Cleveland: Donald Trump has clinched the Republican Party’s presidential nomination to run against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November polls, a stunning rise for an outsider after months of controversial campaigning that saw him crushing 16 well-established party rivals. However, the nomination was clinched amid discord with many in the party questioning his polarizing candidacy.
70-year-old Trump, whose election theme is “Make America Great Again”, had joined politics only a year ago and stormed the Republican party by defeating primary opponents, including experienced, well-funded candidates such as John Kasich and Jeb Bush.
Trump welcomed the nomination as a “great honour” and vowed to work hard. “Together, we have achieved historic results, with the largest vote total in the history of the Republican Party,” he told delegates at the convention through a live video from Trump Tower.
Exuding confidence, Trump said he would also win the key State of Ohio, which is hosting the four-day convention. “We are going to win the presidency and bring real change and leadership back to Washington,” Trump said. “This is going to be a leadership that puts the American people first. We are going to bring back our jobs. We are going to rebuild our depleted military and take care of our great veterans. We are going to have strong borders,” the real estate tycoon from New York said. Trump would face Clinton of the Democratic Party in the November 8 presidential elections. If elected, he would be the first successful businessman without any political experience to become the president of the US.
Despite having won the primary outright, many of the Republican Party’s leaders have refused to support Trump. Trump on Tuesday survived a last-minute attempt by some Republican Party delegates to block his presidential nomination by trying to force a roll call vote to change the party’s rule.
Trump’s unorthodox approach and divisive rhetoric have hit headlines. Since launching his campaign last June, Trump has proposed to build a wall between the US
and Mexico, called for a blanket ban on Muslims entering the US and advocated the use of torture. With the nomination in hand, Trump now faces the daunting task of competing against Clinton’s well-organised and well-funded campaign, which intends to make Trump’s character and his business record key issues in the campaign. Trump will deliver his acceptance speech on Thursday.