It’s official. Real estate mogul-turned-reality TV star Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s nominee for president of the United States.
In his capacity as a delegate from New York, Donald Trump Jr. got to put Dad’s delegate count over the 1,237 needed to become the nominee. “Thank you to my family … and all of our supporters from the great state of New York,” Donald Jr. said during the roll call, adopting Dad’s speech pattern. “Even in places that aren’t so conservative, we’ve had such support, you won’t believe it.
“I’ve had the incredible honor of not only being part of the ride that’s been this election process but to watch as a small fly on the wall what my father has done as part of the movement,” he said, surrounded by his many siblings. “It is my honor to [put] Donald Trump over the top in the delegate count with 89 delegates. Congratulations, Dad! We love you!”
Speaking with CNN’s Dana Bash right afterward, Trump Jr. said: “I watched him work so hard and speak to so many real people who are feeling left out. It’s a real movement. It’s not a campaign; it never was.”
In order to make this a family affair, New York had passed when its at-bat occurred in the alphabetically ordered state-by-state roll call. House Speaker Paul Ryan had warned at the outset of the roll call that New York would be allowed to go out of order, without elaborating.