Donald Trump has on Tuesday evening secured the nomination of the Republican Party to become the next President of the United States after months of controversial campaigning that has divided the American right of the political spectrum.
The nomination was sealed on day two of the Republican National Convention as the state delegates took turns to count up the votes from his remarkable sweep through the party’s 2016 primary election.
The moment he crossed over the threshold of 1,237 votes, Trump officially became the Republican party’s nominee for president, as the stage in Cleveland was illuminated with a message proclaiming: “Over the Top”.
It is something I’ll never ever forget,” Trump said on a video feed from New York. “Together we have achieved historic results with the largest vote total in the history of the Republican Party. This is a movement, but we have to go all the way.”
It has been a stunning rise for a man most thought would never make it this far.
“After all the predications that he could never do it – the public wouldn’t want someone with no legislative experience, no government experience – they’ve opted for a man who has made his name first of all in business and latterly as a reality TV show host,” reported Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher from the convention in Cleveland.
“He will now be on top of the Republican ticket come November.”
It was gathered that the speakers of the day focused almost exclusively on attacking the likely Democratic nominee, Mrs Hilary Clinton.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a former prosecutor, held a mock trial for Mrs Clinton as the crowd chanted “lock her up”.
Mr Christie and others criticised Mrs Clinton’s use of a private email account while she was serving as secretary of state.