Weekly Roundup: RNC rewind
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The Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, brought with it a bumpy week of conflict, chaos - and a glimpse of Republican unity.
PBS NewsHour Watch Presidential Candidate Donald Trump's full speech Watch Presidential Candidate Donald Trump's full speech at the 2016 Republican nominee Donald Trump's convention needed to accomplish a few things: party unity, a cementing of his platform and an introduction to his vice presidential pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. But trouble appeared to be brewing, as anti-Trump delegates and lawmakers vowed to disrupt his nomination. PBS NewsHour looked at their tactics and grievances.
Ahead of the big week, NPR took a look at the big-name Republicans who were not attending the convention, as well as where the 2016 race stood in the battleground states.
- NPR | NPR Battleground Map: Where Does The Race Stand?
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Dissident delegates seek showdown vote at GOP convention
- NPR | Dumpster Fires, Fishing And Travel: These Republicans Are Sitting Out The RNC
On day one of the convention, PBS NewsHour suggested that the event represented Trump's last chance to recast himself and present his campaign to the American people.
With a theme of 'Make America Safe Again,' the topic of national security loomed large over the night. But the primetime speaker was Trump's wife, Melania, whose speech was intended to capture the emotions of attendees and offer insight into the character of her husband.
- NPR | Melania Trump Caps Emotional Night At Republican National Convention
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Is the RNC Trump’s last big chance to recast himself?
- NPR | FACT CHECK: The First Night Of The Republican National Convention
Ultimately the prospective first lady's words did capture the limelight, but for the wrong reasons, as it was revealed that portions of her remarks appeared to mirror those delivered by Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
Although the Trump campaign played down allegations of plagiarism, the speech dominated headlines and cast a shadow over the evening's messaging. In the end, a Trump staffer took responsibility for the lifted lines, raising questions surrounding the campaigns readiness for the national spotlight.
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Did Melania Trump’s speech borrow lines from Michelle Obama?
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Trump campaign dismisses Melania Trump plagiarism allegations
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Trump staffer apologizes for Melania Trump speech
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Mishaps overshadow message at the Republican National Convention
MetroFocus Convention Day 2: Melania’s Maelstrom Catch the highlights of yesterday's GOP convention and we take a look forward to tonight. While the prior night's controversy lingered, day two offered a potential palette cleanser as delegates voted for their nominee.
Suspense over the so-called 'Never Trump' movement's plans to derail the nomination dissipated, as Trump sailed through the votes to claim the prize.
In an effort to unite the party, many of the evening's speakers turned their attention to criticizing presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. However, in a surprising turn of events, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce offered a pointed snub by endorsing Clinton while at the RNC.
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Trump triumphs as GOP nominee, completing stunning climb
- PBS NEWSHOUR | United against Clinton, GOP seeks to rebrand Trump
- MARKETPLACE | At the RNC, Hispanic Chamber endorses Clinton
PBS NewsHour Trump campaign plays down Cruz’s defiance, other GOP rancor Can Cruz's defiance and other signs of GOP division turn into a plus for Trump? Although the first half of the convention offered several tumultuous moments, it was day three that shook the delegation with the biggest controversy.
On the night which was supposed to introduce Trump's running mate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz offered a speech in which he declined to endorse the party's nominee. The resulting fallout re-opened the rift between Trump and Cruz (which had run rampant during the primaries) and threatened to upset the party's attempts at unity.
- NPR | Meet Mike Pence, 'Midwestern Polite' With An Unrelenting Conservative Message
- NPR | Pence Makes The Case For Trump After Cruz Is Booed
- NPR | Cruz Says He Won't Be A 'Servile Puppy Dog' To Trump Campaign
Washington Week offered some insight into 16 other Republicans who have also not endorsed their party's nominee.
- WASHINGTON WEEK | 16 Republicans Who Have Not Endorsed Donald Trump
The final day of the convention was Trump's time to shine, as he was to deliver his acceptance speech and set the stage for the remainder of the 2016 race.
But before the main event took place, he ruffled feathers when he suggested that the U.S. might not protect allies against Russia if they had not "fulfilled their obligations to us." Judy Woodruff interviewed Trump's vice presidential pick, Mike Pence, the same day and he appeared to contradict Trump's stance.
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Trump hedges on NATO protection against Russian aggression
- WASHINGTON WEEK | 16 of Donald Trump's Most Controversial Statements
- PBS NEWSHOUR | Pence appears to contradict Trump’s stance on NATO in PBS NewsHour interview
But Trump drew attention away from his earlier remarks when he delivered his speech (which had leaked online hours earlier). In his address, he promised that 'safety will be restored' if he wins the presidency, all the while painting what NPR called a 'grim picture' of America. NPR fact-checked many of his claims, as the tumultuous convention drew to a close.
- NPR | Painting A Grim Picture Of America, Trump Says 'Safety Will Be Restored' If He Wins
- NPR | FACT CHECK: Donald Trump's Republican Convention Speech, Annotated
But the news didn't let up after the convention wound down. Clinton announced on Friday that she had chosen Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential pick, setting the scene for next week's Democratic National Convention.