President Trump was officially nominated as the GOP’s presidential candidate for a second term during a scaled back in-person roll call vote.
“This is the most important election in the history of our country,” Trump said during a surprise appearance at the Charlotte Convention Center. “This is the biggest. Our country can go in a horrible, horrible direction or an even greater direction.”
“It’s not fair, it’s not right, and it’s not going to be possible to tabulate,” Trump added. “What they are doing is using COVID to steal an election. They are using COVID to defraud the American people of a fair and free election.”
During the in-person roll call vote, states and territories were called in alphabetical order as Nevada cast the votes to put Trump over the top. With Nevada, 1,284 delegates have renominated Trump as the party’s nominee, surpassing the 1,276 delegate threshold to win the nomination. Florida, the president’s home state was the last state to cast its votes of 122 delegates before Trump took to the stage to give his remarks.
The crowd of 336 Delegates greeted Trump as he took to the stage with “Four More Years.”
“If you really want to drive them crazy, say 12 more years,” Trump said in response.
Trump spoke for nearly an hour discussing various topics ranging from his administration economic success amid the coronavirus, his administration response to the coronavirus pandemic, and warning voters of massive mail-in ballots that will lead to voter fraud.
“This is the greatest scam in the history of politics, I think, and I’m talking about beyond our nation and they act like they are aggrieved by saying this, saying such a horrible thing, we are not patriotic by saying this. No,” Trump said. “We voted during World War I. We voted at the voting booth during World War II. The pandemic we are doing very well and people know how to handle it — look at the crowds. They are doing very well. It’s very safe.”
Trump added, “If you have an absentee ballot where you request it, we’re all in favor of that. absentee like in Florida they have absentee is good. But other than that they’re very, very bad. There’ll be millions of balance. Take a look at New York, take a look at Virginia, take a look at New Jersey, all different cases. Now they are thinking about recalling certain elections that took place with mail. And these are small little elections that are locally based that are easy to run, not millions, but thousands of ballots, thousands, hundreds of ballots. But these are small and they can’t control it.”
Vice President Mike Pence also addressed the convention just before Trump spoke and went over the 1,276 delegate threshold. He focused his remarks on a call to action to vote, saying reelecting President Trump means four more years of support for troops and law enforcement and an economic rebound after the coronavirus.
“I want to thank you for the honor of this day,” Pence said as he also teased Trump’s incoming appearance to the convention. “I am here for one reason and one reason only, and that is not just the Republican Party, but America needs four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House.”
“I heard the other day that Democracy is on the ballot,” Pence continued, referencing former President Barack Obama unconventional dark speech made last week at the Democratic convention. “But I think we all know, the economy is on the ballot. Law and order is on the ballot. Our most cherished ideals of freedom and free markets are on the ballot. That’s why we need four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House.”
“The choice in this election has never been clearer and the stakes have never been higher,” Pence added.
Pence mentioned his Democratic opponents, former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris “have been overtaken by the radical left” by supporting policies of socialism, abortion on demand, and open borders.
Day one of the Republican convention, themed “Land of Promise,” will feature speakers including Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), former Ambassador Nikki Haley, President Trump eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and his girlfriend former Fox News anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle among many ordinary Americans.
Trump will formally accept the nomination in an address at the White House on Thursday, but the Trump campaign said the president will be visible during the four days of the convention.