Trump steals the show from wife Melania at RNC: Twitter erupts after his WWE-style introduction

Trump’s silhouette appeared on the convention stage to Queen’s “We Are the Champions”

By Sophia Tesfaye
July 19, 2016 7:19AM (UTC)
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Donald Trump appears onstage to introduce his wife Melania at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 18, 2016. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)

After Donald Trump's D-list celebrity surrogates opened the first night of the Republican National Convention on Monday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee made an unusual appearance inside the Quicken Loans Arena to introduce the night's keynote speaker on "Make America Safe Again" night, his wife Melania.

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With  Queen’s “We Are the Champions” booming from the speakers, Trump's silhouette made its dramatic appearance behind a backlight smokescreen.

“We’re going to win so big,” Trump went on to say during a terse introduction of his wife.

"If you want someone to fight for you and your country,  I can assure you, he is the guy," his Slovenian born wife told the crowd in her longest comments of the campaign season.

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Still, for at least the second time during the night, Trump upstaged a major address by a woman at the RNC. (Trump inexplicably called into to Fox News' "O'Reilly Factor" during the emotionally charged speech of the mother of a Marine killed in Benghazi -- a major focus for night one of the convention.)


Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's Deputy Politics Editor and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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