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The strangest moments from the night Donald Trump officially won the GOP nomination

After quashing a brief but high-profile delegate rebellion, Donald Trump officially became the Republican nominee — and then Ben Carson invoked Satan.
July 20, 2016, 3:05pm
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With Frank Sinatra piping through the arena speakers at the the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Tuesday, Donald Trump — another entertainer and Democrat-turned-Republican — officially became the GOP's presidential nominee.

After quashing a brief but high-profile rebellion of anti-Trump delegates that broke out the night before, the nominee's son, Donald J. Trump Jr., cast the vote that put his dad over the edge. "Congratulations, Dad! We love you!" the younger Trump yelled, as Sinatra's rendition of "New York, New York" bounced around the Quicken Loans Arena. The New York delegation erupted into cheers and the Texas delegation began waving their cowboy hats and cheering. Elsewhere in the arena, people were clapping politely and dancing, but overall the mood was relatively subdued.


Virginia delegate Bill Thomas, who watched the roll-call vote on the convention floor, admitted he was not enthused by his party's nominee but said he had given up on trying to force an alternative.

"Donald Trump won, fair and square," Thomas said. "And we gotta let him play his game, win or lose."

With that formality out of the way, the crowd enjoyed another night of bizarre political theater. The theme of the night was "Make America Work Again," but the standout moments came during attacks on presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who was accused of being both a criminal and a Satanist.

Here's a quick rundown of the day's stranger moments:

-RNC Chairman and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at long last delivered a formal endorsement of the party's nominee, but most speakers were cut from the nominee's "outsider" cloth. Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, praised Trump for believing in MMA when no one else would, while soap opera star Kimberlin Brown declared him to be the only sensible choice for women in America.

-Two more of the Trump clan stumped for the head of their family, with Donald J. Trump Jr. in particular earning praise even from the commentators on MSNBC. Some journalists, spurred on by The Daily Show, later attempted to pile on by accusing the younger Trump of plagiarizing part of his speech, but, unlike the more substantive charges against his mother the night before, he appears to be in the clear.


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-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a former federal prosecutor, appeared to audition for the role of Trump's attorney general, whipped the crowd into a Wheel of Fortune-style frenzy in a speech where he called for "prosecuting" Clinton for her record as Secretary of State. ("Is she guilty or not guilty?" Christie repeated. "Guilty!" the crowd bellowed, eventually chanting, "Lock her up!")

-Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon who was briefly in the running for the GOP presidential nomination, went way off script, suggesting that Hillary Clinton takes her cues from Satan. Clinton, he spelled out, wrote her thesis on radical organizer Saul Alinsky, whose book is dedicated to Lucifer, "the original radical." "So are we willing to elect someone as president somebody who has as their role model somebody acknowledges Lucifer?" Caron asked. "Think about that."

Speakers on the convention's third day will include Trump's vice presidential pick, Indiana Governor Mike Pence; former congressman Newt Gingrich, a GOP establishment figure who was passed over for the VP role; and Ted Cruz, Trump's most formidable foe during the Republican primaries.

Olivia Becker contributed reporting from Cleveland

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