Donald Trump makes second unprecedented appearance at RNC before he accepts nomination

He didn't appear in person, but promised he and his VP pick Mike Pence would be there tomorrow

By Scott Eric Kaufman
July 20, 2016 5:10AM (UTC)
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Donald Trump (Reuters/Mike Segar)

Donald Trump continued to buck precedent and appeared for the second consecutive night at the Republican National Convention -- although unlike Monday, in which he briefly appeared to introduce his wife, on Tuesday he phoned in his appearance from Trump Tower in New York City.

Trump began by saying that Tuesday was "an unbelievable day, watching my children put me over the top and win the nomination." He continued, saying that "a little over a year ago I announced my candidacy, and with your vote today, this stage of the presidential process has come to a close."

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Trump repeated his population-growth-based boast that he received more votes than any other primary candidate in history, before saying that it's up to the GOP to help him transform his "movement" into a proper candidacy. "I'm so proud to be a nominee for president of the United States," he continued, adding that "it is an honor to be running with Mike Pence, who will make a great, great vice president."

He assured those in attendance that he would "bring back the leadership, bring back the jobs," and "restore law and order, we have to restore, and just so many other things -- I'll be discussing that Thursday night."


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