The Republican convention that wrapped up Thursday night in Cleveland included plenty of drama, chaos and displays of party disunity:
Clashing with Kasich: The coronation week kicked off on Monday with sniping between Donald Trump’s top adviser and popular hometown Republican Gov. John Kasich. Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort accused Kasich of being “petulant” in refusing to speak at the convention, and said his decision was “dumb.” Kasich’s chief adviser John Weaver labeled Trump’s convention a “clown show.”
Day one rebellion: Just hours after the convention kicked off on Monday, a faction of states, driven by anti-Trump delegates, created a ruckus on the floor by demanding a roll-call vote on a rules change aimed at embarrassing Trump. It didn’t work.
Upstaging his own show: On the opening night of his convention, Trump called in to Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” during prime time and took valuable airtime away from his own convention, upstaging the mother of a victim of the Benghazi attacks as she was offering a searing indictment of Hillary Clinton.
Dramatic entrance: Trump made his first appearance in dramatic fashion, emerging onstage in a cloud of blue smoke to introduce his wife.
Melania Trump’s speech: Shortly after she gave a widely praised speech about her husband, a Twitter user named Jarrett Hill noticed an oddity: Chunks of her speech appeared to be lifted from Michelle Obama address at the 2008 Democratic convention. After dismissing a wave of plagiarism allegations for a day and a half, Trump’s campaign identified the staffer responsible. She offered her resignation, but he declined.
Ernst’s empty arena: Sen. Joni Ernst, an up-and-comer in the party from swing-state Iowa, was pushed off prime time into a speaking slot late Monday night. The crowd had thinned to the point that Ernst ended up speaking to a mostly empty arena.
Cruz’s revenge: Boos and jeers from the pro-Trump crowd grew louder as Sen. Ted Cruz’s speech Wednesday wore on and made clear he wasn’t going to endorse the nominee. The firestorm upstaged Gov. Mike Pence’s big speech.
Trump rattles NATO: On the eve of his speech, Trump gave an interview in which he would not commit to protecting the Baltic States from Russian aggression, as obliged by a treaty under NATO.
Not a Republican: Trump’s daughter Ivanka told the ultimate GOP crowd, “I do not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat.”
‘Lock her up’: A recurring theme in the convention was chants of “lock her up!” — a reference to Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server as secretary of state that sparked an FBI investigation which didn’t lead to an indictment.