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Donald Trump Appeals Live Soon; Donald Trump Speaks Live To Convention; Standing By For Trump's Daughter & Son To Speak; Ten Freshman Senators Appears On Stage; Gov. Christie: I'm Here As Donald Trump's Friend; Gov. Christie Calls Trump "Caring, Genuine And Decent"; Former Prosecutor Christie Makes "Case" Against Clinton; Trump's Daughter Speaking At Convention; Trump's Daughter Talks About Her Father's Personal Side. Aired 9-10p ET
Aired July 19, 2016 - 21:00 ET
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[21:00:04] CHRIS COX, NRA LOBBYIST: It's not Hillary Clinton who says women should have that choice. It's Donald Trump. Donald Trump is a life member of the National Rifle Association. Sore his sons, Don and Eric because we're the largest and oldest civil rights organization in America.
We fight for the rights of all Americans regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation, because the right to protect your life is the most precious right you have. Friends, the five million men and women of the NRA will fight without apology for your right to protect your life, but we're on the cusp -- we're on the cusp of losing this great American freedom and with it, this great nation. The only way we save it -- the only we save it is by electing Donald Trump the next president of the United States. Thank you and God bless you.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Please welcome Professional Golfer, Natalie Gulbis.
NATALIE GULBIS, PROFESSIONAL GOLFER: Thank you. I appreciate this incredible opportunity to speak to you about a man I greatly admire. A man I found to be gracious, generous and inspiring. I must begin, however, by saying there is a great deal of irony that I'm speaking to you tonight because when I earned my tour card 16 years ago, I was told there's only two things you don't talk about in public, faith and politics.
Well tonight, I'm prepared to violate both those admonitions. As I stand before you at the Republican National Convention as a Christian woman. I believe that God's timing is perfect and he puts people in our lives to help make us a positive impact on those around us and it helped us achieve our goals. One of those people for me is Donald Trump.
The first time I played golf with him in 2005, I shared two things. I had told countless CEOs, billionaires and politicians before him. One, I had a dream to open up my own boys and girls club. And two, I was deeply frustrated about being treated differently as a woman. Overlooked and underpaid in business. These words previously fell on deaf, all being well-intentioned ears, but that day was different. They finally fell on ears that cared enough to take action. I am proud to tell you that with Donald's help, I opened up "The Natalie Gulbis Boys and Girls Club".
And in response to my frustration about being treated unfairly as a woman, he adamantly rejected the notion and instead offered me a simple idea that changed my life forever. Never fear challenging the status quo. He encouraged me to think of myself not as a female athlete, but as a businessperson. In everything you do, be fearless. He reminded me, be fearless.
As an athlete, fearlessness came natural to me, but as a businesswoman, I faced challenges that weren't always on a level playing field. Even today, I face challenges and Donald remains a consistent voice, encouraging me to stand up to gender injustices and to lean in to any professional challenge that comes in my way. I hope you take these principles about generosity and fearlessness and that they can have a similar impact for you in your life like they've had in mine.
Ronald Reagan said, status quo is Latin for the mess we're in and while I believe that this is the greatest time to be a woman in the greatest country in the history of the world, I have no delusions, that there isn't a mess to clean up and we desperately need someone to clean up that mess. That person is Donald Trump. And if one's history of fearlessness and challenging the status quo is an indicator for meaningful change, then Donald Trump is the person to bring that to America. Thank you.
[21:05:15] DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESUMPTIVE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: Good evening. Are you having fun? Melania and I had such a great time last night, an unbelievable evening. Today has been a very, very special day, watching my children put me over the top earlier. The party seal -- I mean, what we did, getting the party's nomination, I'll never forget it. It something I will never, ever forget.
A little over one year ago I announced my candidacy for president and with your vote today, this stage of the presidential process has come to a close. Together, we've achieved historic results with the largest vote total in the history of the Republican Party. This is a movement, but we have to go all the way.
I'm so proud to be your nominee for president of the United States. I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you on Thursday night on how we build a brighter and more hopeful future for all Americans. It's an honor to run on a ticket with Governor Mike Pence, who is an incredible man and who will make a great, great vice president.
I'll be with him in Cleveland tomorrow night and we'll be together again on Thursday night. And by the way, we are going to win the state of Ohio and also, of course, we're going to win the presidency and bring real change and leadership back to Washington. This is going to be a leadership by the way that puts the American people first. We're going to bring back our jobs. We're going to rebuild our depleted military and take care of our great veterans. We're going to have strong borders. We're going to get rid of ISIS and we're going to restore law and order. We have to restore and quickly, law and order among many and just so many other things. And I'll be discussing with that Thursday night, we'll be talking all about it.
But together, most importantly, we are going to make America great again. Have a fantastic evening. I'll see you tomorrow night. I'll see you on Thursday night and we will win in November. Thank you.
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: At the second time Donald Trump has made an appearance at this convention so far. Last night introducing Melania Trump was obviously the first time, both unconventional appearances by a presidential candidate. Usually do not actually hear from the candidate until the night the candidate makes their speech.
Jeffrey Lord, clearly it's something on this room came to a complete standstill to watch this candidate.
JEFFREY LORD, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Yeah. Yeah. Well, they like him. Lots of these people do, most of these people do. He is very unconventional. These appearances were he sort this one where he sort of beams in from Trump Tower, he's unusual.
COOPER: There was talk about tonight being focused on make America work again. Last night, make America safe again, but it does seem like a number of the speakers have basically repeated the themes that were spoken last night, national security, about Hillary Clinton, about e-mails, about mentions about Benghazi and others.
LORD: I am assuming we're going to hear more here as the evening goes on. I hope it doesn't go on all night, but hopefully we'll be hearing about that because that is his -- in part I think what helped get him here.
COOPER: It's also interesting, Kayleigh, because it's a mix of -- I mean, we're going to hear from Donald Trump Jr., we're going to hear from Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump's children, again that idea of sort of personalizing him which is what Paul Manafort said he really wanted people to get by the end of this convention.
But we've heard a mix of sort of practice politicians not -- some of them haven't even mentioned Donald Trump by name and then also sort of celebrity golfer.
KAYLEIGH MCENANY, TRUMP SUPPORTER: Yes. And what's interesting and I think Donald Trump Jr. kind of gave us some insight into that. He said, you know, I wish I could stand on this stage tonight and talk about my father and it would be a warm, fuzzy kind of speech and we'll hear part of that. But the stakes are too high in this country which is why we've heard along with the make America work again night, a consistent theme of prosecuting a case against Hillary Clinton and highlighting the crossroads this country stands out as we face terrorism, as we face our law enforcement being targeted. Donald Trump Jr. is highlighting the importance of the crossroads and the choice we face in November.
COOPER: Is there a danger, S.E. though and you're not a Trump supporter in prosecuting a case against Hillary Clinton night after night without sort of saying what you're for?
[21:09:59] S.E. CUPP, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Not in this room. You know, you can't talk about Hillary enough in this room. And I will -- I do think that having Dana White, the UFC President, Natalie Gulbis, who can speak to a working relationship with Donald Trump and Donald Trump helping build their businesses. That to me felt personal. I thought those were two related moments.
As to Don Jr., I talk to him earlier were friendly and I said, are you going to go personal today or more politics and as he said to Dana, he said, there's too much going on in the world for me to just get up there and talk about my dad. And I said, but you do it so well and no one is more qualified to talk personally about your dad than you. Please do that a little.
And he said, he promised it would be a mix. So I'm hoping to hear and from Tiffany as well, I'm hoping to hear those stories about their dad. That doesn't mean they don't talk about the state of the world as well. But I want those personal kinds of anecdotes and moments that I know the Trump kids can do really well.
COOPER: It's interesting really, Van, because, I mean, Paul Manafort specifically was saying that's what this convention is about, getting to at the end sort of showing that side of Donald Trump.
VAN JONES, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Yeah, but I'm baffled by what I'm seeing. So far, this is all anger and no answers, if what you are trying to figure out is what is all Trump is going to do.
CUPP: Dana White and Natalie Gulbis weren't angry.
JONES: Well, fine. There were two people who weren't, but basically, that I think the main emotional tenor of this is Hillary Clinton is a horrible person. Hillary Clinton is a horrible person. All anger, no answers. I thought we were going to talk about his economic ideas. I thought we're going to talk about how he was going to put America back to work.
We haven't heard a single thing about that yet. I'm concerned about that. Also, if you take the two nights together, you have at a night where you are attacking Muslims, Mexicans, Black Lives Matter, et cetera, now you're attacking Hillary Clinton, I still haven't heard a single answer for how specifically he's going to get a job in this country tonight. Not so far. Have you?
MCENANY: It's what the (inaudible) for us are going. Yes I have and that is what the Democrats are trying to do. They are completely misreading the mood of this country. There is fear. There is anxiety. In the last two weeks, we have seen Nice. We have seen Baton Rouge and we have seen terror across this world and in this country, in Orlando, people are scared. They are nervous. It is not hate Donald Trump is proposing. It is reasonable solutions to the problem ...
JONES: I haven't heard a solution. Listen, I would love to debate with you about the solutions that were proposed tonight. There have not been any proposed tonight and there weren't that many proposed last night either and that's the problem.
CUPP: But, Van, can we hold you -- can we certainly talk to you about that again at the DNC?
JONES: Of course.
CUPP: Because I loved, you know, these are not places where people list off policy ideas and the intricacies of those policy ideas. If they do it at the democratic convention in detail, I'll be very surprised and it will make for a pretty boring convention.
JONES: I think I don't think we are talking about needing to hear a, you know, dissertation on economics in high fear. How about one proposal to put veterans to work? How about one proposal to build a bridge? How about one proposal to do anything at all except to bash Hillary Clinton?
GLORIA BORGER, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL ANALYST: Because that's not what unites the Republican Party what -- because they all disagree about the solutions to these problems. In fact, Paul Ryan on one side, lots of people on the other and including maybe Donald Trump. What unites the Republican Party is the anti-Hillary sentiment and everybody tonight did what they did last night, just in a little bit of a different way.
COOPER: Yeah. I mean, usually you had Michael Mukasey, the Former Attorney General there ...
COOPER: ... and David, you pointed out he didn't mention Donald Trump.
DAVID AXELROD, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: He didn't mention Donald Trump and everybody has talked about him recently. He said, we don't need a president who summons applause with tantrums and homicidal fantasies and he called those comments about Judge Curiel baseless and squalid. So he didn't mention Donald Trump tonight. He delivered this indictment of Hillary Clinton. And that underscores the problem with the Republican Party right now in that you have large elements of the party who aren't comfortable with their candidate.
BORGER: You know, there are a couple other things tonight that I thought were interesting was both Chris Cox and the golfer were talking of women. Chris Cox, you know, made the point that American women are the fastest -- the largest group of gun owners, right?
CUPP: You bet it. Yeah.
BORGER: Growing group of gun owners. That appears directly to the problem that Donald Trump has. COOPER: Let's get back down to Wolf. Wolf?
WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: We're about to hear from 10 freshman U.S. Senators, Mitch McConnell the senator majority leaders up on the stage as well. Two possible Senators Ben Sasse, of Nebraska, Cory Gardner of Colorado, with Jake, are not here to participate in the so-called show of unity.
JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR: Ben Sasse was going to take his children on a tour of dumpster fires in his home state of Nebraska because they are better than either Trump or Hillary Clinton. The other 10, most of them are from Solid Red States.
[21:14:59] BLITZER: Dan Sullivan, the freshman Senator from Alaska will be speaking on behalf of these 10 freshmen senators. Several of them have already spoken here including Tom Cotton of Arkansas. Let's listen in.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: David Perdue from Georgia, Michael Rounds from South Dakota and Thom Tillis from North Carolina.
SEN. DAN SULLIVAN, (R) ALASKA: Hello, Republicans. I'm Dan Sullivan from the great State of Alaska. And I'm proud to be standing here tonight with my fellow freshmen senators. This is who we are, governors and doctors, educators and ministers, CEOs and hog farmers, moms and dads. We have served in the United States Army, in the United States Marines, and now we serve in the United States Senate.
In 2014, you made this happen, Republicans all across the country coming together who wanted new energy in the Senate and who wanted to fire Harry Reid. And that's exactly what we did.
In 2016, we need to keep that momentum going. We need to keep the Senate in Republican hands and win back the White House. We will put coal miners and oil drillers back to work, not target them for extinction as Hillary has promised. We must, we must re-ignite economic opportunity and the American dream for everybody. And when we do this, when we do this, together, we will make America great again. Thank you.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Please welcome back the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
REP. PAUL RYAN, (R) HOUSE SPEAKER: Everybody, hey, thank you all very, very much. I'm Wisconsin. Delegates, friends, fellow citizens, I can't tell you how much I appreciate the privilege of addressing this 41st convention of the Party of Lincoln. And as part of my chairman duties, let me thank all of the people of this beautiful city for looking after us this week. And above all, above all, I want to thank the men and women who are here from law enforcement for your service.
You know, standing up here again, it all has kind of a familiar feel. Students of trivia will recall that last time around, I was your nominee for vice president. It was a great honor. It was a great honor even if things didn't work out quite according to the plan. Hey, I'm a positive guy. I found some other things to keep me busy.
And I like to look at it this way, the next time that there's a State of the Union Address, I don't know where Joe Biden or Barack Obama are going to be, but you'll find me right there on the rostrum with Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump.
[21:20:25] Democracy, democracy is a series of choices. We Republicans have made our choice. Have we had our arguments this year? Sure we have. You and I call those signs of life, signs of a party that's not just going through the motions, not just mouthing new words for the same old stuff.
Meanwhile, what choice has the other party made in this incredible year filled with so many surprises? Here we are at a time when men and women in both parties so clearly, so undeniably want a big change in direction for America, a clean break from a failed system, and what does the Democratic Party establishment offer? What is their idea of a clean break? They are offering a third Obama term brought to you by another Clinton. And you are supposed to be excited about that.
For a country so ready for change, it feels like we have been cleared for takeoff and then somebody announced we're all going back to the gate. It's like we have been on hold forever, waiting and waiting to finally talk to a real person and somehow we have been sent back to the main menu.
Watch the Democratic Party Convention next week. That four-day infomercial of political correct moralizing and let it be a reminder of all that is at stake in this election.
You can get through four days of it with little help from the mute button, but four more years of it, not a chance, not a chance. Look, the Obama years are almost over. The Clinton years are way over. 2016 is the year America moves on.
From now until November, we will hear how many different ways progressive elitists can find to talk down to the rest of America, to tell the voters that the Obama years have been good for you, that you should be grateful and well, now it's Hillary's turn.
The problem is really simple. The problem here is very simple. There is a reason people in our country are disappointed and restless. If opportunity seems like it's been slipping away, that's because it has. And Liberal progressive ideas have done exactly nothing to help.
Wages never seem to go up. The whole economy feels stuck and millions of Americans, millions of Americans, middle class security is now just a memory. Progressives like to talk like our president like to talk forever about poverty in America and if high-sounding talk did any good, we would have overcome those deep problems long ago.
This explains why under the most liberal president we have had so far, poverty in America is worse, especially for our fellow citizens who are promised better and who need it most. The results is a record of discarded promises, empty gestures, phony straw men arguments, reforms put off forever, shady power plays like the one that gave us ObamaCare, constitutional limits brushed off as nothing and all the while, dangers in the world downplayed even as the threats grow bolder and come closer.
It's the last chapter of an old story. Progressives deliver everything except progress. Yet we know better than most, we know better than to think that Republicans can win only on the failures of Democrats. It still comes down to a contest of ideas which is really good news, ladies and gentlemen, because when it's about ideas, the advantage goes to us against their dreary backdrop of arrogant bureaucracies, pointless mandates, reckless borrowing, willful retreat from the world and all that progressives have in store for us.
[21:25:11] The Republican Party stands as the great enduring alternative party. We believe in making government as Ronald Reagan said, not the distributor of gifts and privilege, but once again, the protector of our liberties. Let the other party go on making its case for more government control over every aspect of our lives, more taxes to pay, more debt to carry, more rules to follow, more judges who just make it up as they go along.
We in this party, we are committed to a federal government that acts again as a servant, accountable to the people, following the constitution, and venturing not one inch beyond the consent of the governed.
We, we in this party offer a better way for our country, based on fundamentals that go back to the founding generation. We believe in a free society, where aspiration and effort can make the difference in every life, where your starting point is not your destiny and where your first chance is not your only chance.
We offer a better way for America with ideas that actually work, a reformed tax code that rewards free enterprise instead of just enterprising lobbyists. A reformed health care system that operates by free choice instead of by force and doesn't leave you answering to cold, clueless bureaucrats. A commitment to a renewed commitment to building a 21st century military and giving our veterans the care that they were promised and the care that they earned.
And we offer a better way for dealing with persistent poverty in this country. A way that shows poor Americans the world beyond liberal warehousing and check writing into the life everyone can find with opportunity and independence, the happiness of using your gifts and the dignity of having a job, and you know what? None of this will happen under Hillary Clinton. Only with Donald Trump and Mike Pence do we have a chance at a better way.
And last, last point, let the other party go on and on with its constant dividing up of people, so always playing one group against the other as if group identity were everything. In America, aren't we all supposed to be and see beyond class? See beyond ethnicity? Are all these other lines drawn to set us apart and lock us into groups?
Real social progress is always a widening of the circle of concern and protection. It's respect and empathy overtaking blindness and indifference. It's understanding that by the true measure, we are all neighbors and countrymen called each one of us to know what is right and kind and just, and to go and do likewise.
Everyone, everyone is equal. Everyone has a place. No one is written off because there's worth and goodness in every life. Straight from the declaration of independence, that is the Republican ideal and if we won't defend it, who will?
So much, so much that you and I care about, so many things that we stand for in the balance in this coming election. Whatever we lack going into this campaign, we should not lack for motivation. In the plainest terms I know, it is all on the line.
So let's act that way. Let's act that way. Let's use the edge we have because it is still what earns the trust in the votes. This year of surprises and dramatic turns can end in the finest possible way, when America elects a conservative governing majority. We can do this.
We can earn that mandate if we don't hold anything back, if we never lose sight of the stakes, if we never lose sight of what's on the table. Our candidates will be giving their all. They'll be giving their utmost and every one of us has got to go and do same.
[21:30:15] So what do you say? What do you say? What do you say that we unify this party? What do you say that we unify this party at this crucial moment when unity is everything? Let's take our fight to our opponents with better ideas. Let's get on the offensive and let's stay there. Let's compete in every part of America and turn out at the polls like every last vote matters because it will.
Fellow Republicans, what we have begun here, let's see this thing through. Let's win this thing. Let's show America our best and nothing less. Thank you. Thank you, and God bless.
BLITZER: The House Speaker Paul Ryan. Coming up, Donald Trump's son, Donald Jr. and daughter Tiffany. They will speak about their dad.
Plus, Trump's former rival, the New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. More convention coverage, straight ahead.
[21:35:05] BLITZER: Welcome back to the Republican National Convention. Jake, we're about to hear from Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor. This is going to be shall I say a very lively attack, probably, on Hillary Clinton.
TAPPER: I would guess so. I mean, that was his pitch to voters that he was a former U.S. attorney and he would be an effective prosecutor against Hillary Clinton. Obviously voters opted to go for the other loud and brash individual from across the river in New York, Mr. Trump. Chris Christie was the first major current Republican office holder to endorse Donald Trump right out of the gate going for Donald Trump.
BLITZER: As soon as he dropped out himself. TAPPER: Yeah, as soon as he dropped out himself. And it's been a very interesting ride for him. If Donald Trump had gone, I mean, we know this from reporting, if Donald Trump had gone with his gut, he would have picked Chris Christie as his vice presidential nominee but he went, you know, to unite the party and he went with a conservative governor and here is Governor Chris Christie.
BLITZER: He's going to be walking out right now, Chris Christie. This is going to be, I would guess the equivalent of what we heard from Rudy Giuliani last night. Rudy Giuliani was clearly on fire. We will see if the governor of New Jersey similarly really goes on the attack right now. We suspect he will against Hillary Clinton in his defense of Donald Trump.
GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, (R) NEW JERSEY: Good evening. Good evening. I'm here tonight not only as the governor of New Jersey but also as Donald Trump's friend for the last 14 years.
We are about to be led by not only a strong leader but by a caring, genuine and decent person. I'm proud to say that the voice of the people of our nation is being heard in this hall tonight and those voices want Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States.
But everybody, this election is not just about Donald Trump. No, it's also about his Democratic opponent, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Now, in the past few weeks, we've seen the Justice Department refuse to prosecute her. Over the last eight years, we've seen this administration refuse to hold her accountable for her disputable (ph) record as secretary of state. So let's do something fun tonight.
Tonight as a former federal prosecutor, I welcome the opportunity to hold Hillary Rodham Clinton accountable for her performance and her character.
All right. All right. We're getting there. Give me a few more minutes, we'll get there. Here's what we're going to do. We're going to present the facts to you. You, tonight sitting as a jury of her peers, both in this hall and in your living rooms, around our nation. You see, since the Justice Department refuses to allow you to render a verdict, I'm going to present the case now on the facts against Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Now, she was America's chief diplomat, so let's look around the world at the violence and the danger today in every region that has been infected by her flawed judgment. But I'm going to be specific so that you can render your verdict tonight on the basis of the facts.
Let's go to North Africa. She was the chief engineer of the disastrous overthrow of Gadhafi in Libya. Libya today after Hillary Clinton's grand strategy, their economy is in ruins, there's death and violence on the streets and ISIS is now dominating that country. So I'm going to ask you this, Hillary Clinton as a failure for ruing Libya and creating a nest for terrorist activity by ISIS, answer me now, is she guilty or not guilty? [21:40:13] In Nigeria, Hillary Clinton amazingly fought for two years to keep an al-Qaeda affiliate off of the terrorist watch list.
Now, what happened? Because of this reckless action by the candidate who is the self-proclaimed champion of women all around the world. These al-Qaeda terrorists abducted hundreds of innocent young women two years ago. These school girls are still missing today. And what was the solution from the Obama/Clinton team? A "#Campaign".
So now, let's figure it out. Let's decide. Hillary Clinton as an apologist for an al-Qaeda affiliate in Nigeria resulting in the capture of innocent young women, is she guilty or not guilty?
See, she fights for the wrong people. She never fights for us. She doesn't get the real threats that America faces.
So now, let's go to China. In China, Hillary Clinton praised the Chinese government for buying our debt to finance Barack Obama's bloated stimulus plan. She was so desperate for Chinese cash. She promised to oppose to buy American provision in the stimulus bill in exchange for the cash to finance a huge expansion of federal government spending.
So, Hillary Clinton putting big government spending financed by the Chinese ahead of good paying jobs for middle-class Americans, is she guilty or not guilty?
Let's go to Syria. In Syria, imagine this, imagine this. She called President al-Assad a reformer. She called al-Assad a different kind of leader.
There's now 400,000 dead. Think about that, 400,000 dead. At the hands of the man that Hillary defended. So, we must ask this question. Hillary Clinton, as an awful judge of the character of a dictator and butcher in the Middle East, is she guilty or not guilty?
Next, next in Iran. She launched the negotiations that brought about the worst nuclear deal in history. Let me be clear. America and the world are measurably less safe and less respected because of the Iran deal that Hillary helped cut, period.
After she launched those negotiations, she became the biggest cheerleader for this agreement in the end. It's a deal that will lead to a nuclear Iran and the Israel that will be less safe and secure and a much more dangerous to Middle East.
So let's ask it. Hillary Clinton, as an inept negotiator of the worst nuclear arms deal in American history, is she guilty or not guilty?
Next. Next, oh, believe me, we're not done yet. The indictment is hardly complete. Next, let's go to Russia. She went to the Kremlin on her very first visit and gave them that stupid symbolic reset button. You know what I think that button should have read? It should have read delete. You know, she's very good at that, by the way. And it should have read delete because she deleted in four years the safety and security it took us to build in 40 years. The next year, she said, our goal, America's goal, was to strengthen Russia. Strengthen an adversary led by a dictator who dreams of reassembling the old Soviet empire? What an extraordinarily dangerous lack of judgment.
[21:45:03] So, once again, we need to ask, as a flawed evaluator of dictators and failed strategists, who has permitted Russia back in as a major player in the Middle East, is Hillary Clinton guilty or not guilty?
Now, now we go to Cuba. Hillary Clinton supported concessions to the Castro brothers and got almost nothing in return for ending the embargo. She supported a deal that didn't even require this murderous regime to return a cop killer, JoAnne Chesimard, to face justice. See, I know about this personally. JoAnne Chesimard murdered a New Jersey State Trooper in cold blood, fled to Cuba and lives there under Cuban protection to this very day.
I want to ask you, how could someone live with their own conscience when you reward a domestic terrorist with continued safety and at the same time betray the family of a fallen police officer waiting for decades for justice for his murder? So let's ask the question, Hillary Clinton, as a coddler of the brutal Castro brothers and betrayer of the family of foreign -- fallen state Trooper, Werner Foerster and his family, is she guilty or not guilty?
Now finally, finally here at home in one of her first decisions as Secretary of State, she set up a private e-mail server in her basement in violation of our national security. Let's face the facts. Hillary Clinton cared more about protecting her own secrets than she cared about protecting American secrets. And then, she lied about it over and over and over again. She said there was no marked classified information on her server. The FBI director said that's untrue. She said that she did not e-mail any classified information. The FBI director says that's untrue. She said all work-related e-mails were sent back to the State Department. The FBI director said that's not true.
So, as to Hillary Clinton, the charge of putting herself ahead of America, guilty or not guilty?
I've got another question for you. I've got another question for you. As to Hillary Clinton, lying to the American people about her selfish, awful judgment in making our secrets vulnerable, what's your verdict? Guilty or not guilty?
Now, time, time after time after time, the facts and just the facts lead you to the same verdict, both around the world and here at home, in Libya, Nigeria, guilty. In China and Syria ...
In Iran and Russia and Cuba, and here at home for risking America's secrets to keep her own and lying to cover it all up.
Her focus group tested persona with no genuineness to be found is a sham meant to obscure all the facts and leave you able to vote for her. We cannot promote someone to Commander-in-Chief who has made the world a more violent and dangerous place with every bad judgment she's made. We cannot make the chief law enforcement officer of the United States someone who has risked America's secrets and lied to the American people about it day after day after day.
Here it is, everybody. We didn't disqualify Hillary Clinton to be President of the United States. The facts of her life and career disqualify her.
See, I can tell that everybody in this hall agrees with this but I want to take our last moments here to all of you at home, in your living rooms, sitting there tonight, you're the ones who will decide this election.
[21:50:11] We have an alternative. We have a man who is unafraid, we have a man who wants to lead us. We have a man who understands the frustrations and the aspirations of our fellow citizens. We have a man who judges people based on their performance regardless of your gender, your race, your ethnic or religious background. I implore you, we do not need to settle for less in this election, we cannot reward incompetence and deceit, we need to demand more than what Hillary Clinton offers for America, because we know exactly what four years Hillary Clinton will bring, all the failures of the Obama years but with less charm and more lies.
Tonight, those of us in this hall -- all of us that's in this hall and the people at home, it is our obligation to stop Hillary Clinton now and never let her get within 10 miles of the White House again. It is time to come together and make sure that Donald Trump is the next President of the United States.
I am proud to be part of this team. Now, let's go out and win this thing together. Let's go get them. Good night.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Tiffany Trump.
TIFFANY TRUMP, DONALD TRUMP'S DAUGHTER: Thank you all so much. It's so amazing to be with you tonight and say a few words about my father and your nominee for president. Please excuse me as I'm a little nervous.
When I graduated college a couple of months ago, I never expected to be here tonight addressing the nation. I've given a few speeches in front of classrooms with students but never in an arena with more than 10 million people watching. But, like my father, I never back down from challenges. So here I'm a little new to the convention scene but incredibly honored and very confident in the good man that America is coming to know.
It's often said with enough effort and determination, you can do whatever your put your mind to, but saying those words and living them are different things, and my father has lived them.
It's one of his defining qualities, and I've seen it in action all of my life. Whatever he does, he gives his all and does it well. His desire for excellence is contagious. He possesses a unique gift for bringing that trait out in others, starting with those closest to him. He's always helped me be the best version of myself, by encouragement and by example. He motivates me to work my hardest and to always stay true to who I am and what I believe. That's what he does. He draws out the talent and drive in people so that they can achieve their full potential. That's a great quality to have in a father and better yet and the president of the United States.
As a recent college graduate, many of my accomplishments are still to come, but my dad takes such pride in all that I've done so far, no matter how big or how small. I still keep all of my report cards, some dating back to kindergarten, because I like to look back and see the sweet notes he wrote on each and every one of them.
Contrary to what you might expect from someone who places the emphasis on results, my dad's comments referred often to the sentiments expressed by my teachers about how I acted in and out of the classroom. Just not even focusing on the letter grades themselves. Donald Trump has never done anything halfway, least of all as a parent.
[21:54:59] My father always asked about my family in Georgia, to make sure they are healthy and safe. My uncle served in Vietnam, and my 97-year-old great grandfather served in World War II.
I believe the measure of a person is revealed in their darkest times. For me, the measure of a parent is based on how they support and bolster you when you're down. A few years ago someone very dear to me passed away, and the first call I got, as I knew I would, came from my father.
Without his unwavering care and support for me during such a challenging time, I don't know how I would have made it through. As far too many know, it is the small, loving acts that help an enormous amount in times of grief.
My father is good with advice, as you might guess, but he keeps it short and the takeaway is the same, to help us find our own way and our own gifts. If you do what you love, hold nothing back and never let fear or failure get in the way, then you've pretty much figured out the Trump formula.
My dad is a natural-born encourager, the last person who will ever tell to you lower your sights or give up your dreams. I always look forward to introducing him to my friends, especially the ones with preconceived notion, because they meet a man with natural charm and no facade. In person, my father is so friendly, so considerate, so funny and so real. My friends walk away with a glimpse of all that he is, and all that he means to me, of the strong, protective, kind, endearing man I am so proud to call my father.
I never pictured myself saying all of this to a packed arena, but I'm grateful and fortunately for the chance. I have admired my father all of my life and I love him with all my heart. God bless you and thank you. COOPER: Tiffany Trump speaking about her father. Shortly, her brother, Donald Trump Jr., will also be speaking. We'll obviously be bringing you that address. But, let's get some thoughts from our panel, Michael Smerconish.
MICHAEL SMERCONISH, CNN NEWS CORRESPONDENT: I want to say that Tiffany Trump delivered remarks with poise, with dignity, with grace, very admirably.
Chris Christie, I felt like I was at the Salem witch trial, guilty, guilty, guilty. There's a two-fold purpose here. It's to crown the victor, it's also to begin winning the fight for the fall, but I haven't seen the outreach yet with the latter goal in mind.
COOPER: Is it strange to go from a Chris Christie to a Tiffany Trump?
AXELROD: And again, you know, just on a -- it's a scheduling that I would have wanted her right in that 10:00 hour because she was excellent.
Now, Donald Jr. may be even better. But I actually thought, you know, as opposed to Melania's speech last night, which was fine, this one had intimate ...
AXELROD: ... sort of reflections that really painted that ...
COOPER: Some details about report cards.
AXELROD: This is the first speaker that actually painted a portrait of Donald Trump as a human being that was believable and touching. So actually, I think she did a very good job.
As for Christie, I suspect he gave a speech that was meant to make Donald Trump miss the fact that he didn't pick Christie for vice president.
COOPER: You think that was the subtext?
AXELROD: Donald Trump wanted an attack dog and Chris Christie delivered what he -- he delivered the goods that he would have delivered tomorrow night if he was picked at V.P.
COOPER: I'm curious, you know, how -- I mean, obviously it played well in this room, how independents, others who might beyond the fence watching around the country, think, hearing in auditorium people essentially call, you know, for the conviction of ...
AXELROD: That's the case.
COOPER: ... the other candidate. AXELROD: Badly
MCENANY: It faces (ph) a lot of people because we've seen Hillary Clinton's honest and trustworthy number take a dive after the FBI director essentially publically indicted her, not in a court of law of course, but as he publically indicted some of her past statement. Her numbers are just 28 percent of the country trusting her. That is a remarkably low number, and to hear that emphasized, like Chris Christie, and bring that case and hammer it home, the way it looks, the more does ...
MCENANY: ... on behalf Hillary Clinton.
COOPER: One at a time.
NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL REPORTER: Maybe he's one of -- I mean, if he don't, I think, after last night, it felt a little redundant. I mean, he essentially said what we've been hearing last night and what we heard from speakers tonight. I feel like it would have been better if he made a case for Donald Trump rather than prosecuting a case against Hillary Clinton, because we've heard that before.
CUPP: As Kayleigh said, Hillary Clinton is one of the most controversial and least liked political candidate in history and you're acting like exploiting that ...
HENDERSON: No, no, no.
[22:00:04] CUPP: ... in somehow beyond the pale.
HENDERSON: But Donald Trump.
CUPP: Are we not that secure about Donald Trump but the DNC a lot? I bet we will.
HENDERSON: But Donald Trump also has those same problems in terms of honestly and trustworthy and likeability.