Cleveland is Donald Trump's convention and Tuesday was his coronation, but by Tuesday night, the Republican Party's now-official nominee got only a slice of the spotlight. With a few exceptions, the parade of Tuesday night convention speakers largely ...
Cleveland is Donald Trump's convention and Tuesday was his coronation, but by Tuesday night, the Republican Party's now-official nominee got only a slice of the spotlight.
With a few exceptions, the parade of Tuesday night convention speakers largely focused elsewhere.Story Continued Below
Two speakers, former U.S. attorney general Michael Mukasey and Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, failed to mention Trump at all. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson mentioned him just once. Speaker Paul Ryan and West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, who have both expressed public doubts about Trumpâ€™s candidacy prior to the convention, mentioned him two and three times respectively in their speeches, both of which lasted for more than ten minutes. Even New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, one of the first establishment Republicans to endorse Trump and a finalist to be his running mate, only referenced Trump four times in a nearly fifteen-minute speech.
As is common at party national conventions, much of the focus instead was on the nominee's upcoming rival in the general election. In the prepared speech text distributed to media, Hillary Clinton was mentioned by name 96 times â€” compared to only 60 for Trump itself. Each prepared speech averaged only 3.33 references to Trump by name.
(The number of mentions in Trump's remarks as delivered was higher, as the remarks of the two Trump adult children to speak Tuesday â€” Donald Jr. and Tiffany â€” were not distributed. Both spoke about their father extensively.)
Part of the spread focus owes to the diverse cast of characters brought on stage, a lineup that icnluded businessman Andy Wist, golfer Natalie Gulbis, UFC President Dana White and actress-turned-avocado farmer Kimberlin Brown.
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