• The third night of the RNC, dubbed Make America First Again, will feature a number of Donald Trump's former primary rivals, as well as his newly nominated vice presidential pick, Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
  • Trump's second eldest son, Eric Trump, is also scheduled to speak.
  • In the wake of Melania Trump's plagiarism scandal, a longtime employee of Trump's organisation took responsibility for including passages from Michelle Obama's 2008 speech into Melania's address.
  • Trump was greeted by Pence when he arrived in Cleveland for a "Friends and Family Arrival Event" prior to tonight's activities.
  • Outside of the Quicken Loans Arena, protests continue despite police attempts to disperse demonstrators.

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Trump comes out for a matter of seconds to greet Pence at the end of his speech, then vanishes off the stage, stunning newscasters.

"Someone should have told him how this works," notes one reporter. Pence's mum Karen, wife Nancy and three children come to congratulate him and escort him off the stage.


"We must ensure that the next president appointing justices to the Supreme Court is Donald Trump," Pence says.

He points to Benghazi, setting up the "lock her up" chant for Clinton in the audience.

He then said that Clinton should be disqualified "from ever serving as commander in chief of the armed forces".

"History teaches us that weakness arouses evil. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's foreign policy are a testament to this truth of history. We cannot have four more years of apologising to our enemies and abandoning our friends."



Pence attacks the national debt, boasting that the state he governs, Indiana, "works because conservative principles works every time you put them into practice."

He then touts Trump, saying: "Donald Trump gets it. He's a doer in a game usually reserved for talkers. He's his own man, distinctly American. Where else would an independent spirit find a following than in the land of the free and the home of the brave?"

Pence adds: "I'll grant you he can be a little rough with politicians on the stage and I'll bet we see that again."


Pence, self-deprecating and humble in marked contrast to the top of his ticket, notes that Trump has style and charisma.

"So I guess he was just looking for some balance on the ticket," he quips.

"I grew up on the front row of the American Dream," he begins. "I watched my mom and dad grow everything that matters: a family, a business."

He introduces his mother, the "light" of his life, and his wife, the love of his life, and the "three greatest kids in the world."


Donald Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, takes the stage to a raucous welcome, with a rapturous audience chanting "Mike, Mike, Mike!"

"I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican — in that order," he announces.


New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, calls remarks by Ted Cruz "an awful selfish speech" for failing to endorse Trump. "It was an awful performance by someone who showed himself not to be a man of his word."


Callista Gingrich introduces her husband, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Newt comes on stage and takes a minute to defend Ted Cruz, says Cruz's comment on voting "on your conscience" was clearly meant as support for Trump.

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RNC deals with technical problems during Eric Trump's speech. Screenshot/PBS NewsHour

It has become increasingly apparent that the Quicken Loans Arena is undergoing technical issues during Eric Trump's speech. Despite this, Eric keeps singing his father's praises, stating that his father is running for all Americans.


Trump's second eldest son Eric Trump has taken the stage. "My father stands before you with the most primary votes of any Republican candidate in... history," he says.


Cruz's speech prompted many from the New York delegation to chant: "Endorse Trump!" Despite being booed, the Texas senator plowed ahead and finished his address without endorsing Trump. As he was just about to finish, Trump appeared on stage waving to the crowd amid cheers.

Cue in a video of Trump's adult children praising their father.



I want to congratulate Donald Trump for winning the nomination last night.

- Texas Senator Ted Cruz


Lynne Patton, Vice President of the Eric Trump Foundation, spoke about how inclusive the Trump family is. Patton talks about the lives lost in the Orlando nightclub shootinh and affirmed that Black Lives Matter, all lives matter and Blue Lives Matter.


Hillary Clinton is the ultimate liberal Washington insider. If she were any more on the inside, she'd be in prison.

- Governor Scott Walker


Texas Senator Ted Cruz is perhaps the most anticipated speaker of the night. Many are calling for Cruz to formally endorse Trump, but it is not looking like that will happen.


Pastor Darrell Scott delivered an impassioned address, followed by a tepid speech by businessman Harold Hamm.

But next up? Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, who initially endorsed Ted Cruz, claims: "Donald Trump is standing with the American people."


Meanwhile, Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders, a former Democratic candidate who has since endorsed Clinton, is speaking out against Republicans.


Small business owner Michelle Van Etten just delivered a bumbling, confusing speech in which she referred to Trump as "the ultimate ringmaster".

She was followed by Kentucky State Senator, Ralph Alvarado Jr, one of the few Latinos to speak at the RNC this year. Alvarado blames Obama for the lack of immigration reform. He then calls on his fellow Latinos: "Voten conmigo, voten Republicano!" (Vote with me, vote Republican!)


Retired astronaut Eileen Collins - the first woman to command a space shuttle mission - is introduced by video, celebrating the US space programme and the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.


Hillary believes our enemies deserve our respect and empathy. Donald Trump believes terrorist deserve to die.

- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi


Businessman Phil Ruffin is up next. Ruffin says he's an old friend of Trump.

The energy level has dropped considerably since Ingraham left the stage. Ruffin is talking about Trump's many business ventures but not quite getting the same positive response that the first two speakers received.


Ingraham is firing up the crowd. She taunts Trump's former rivals to back him officially. "Even all you boys with wounded feelings and bruised egos...You must honour your pledges to Donald Trump now. Tonight!" Ingraham says.