RNC updates | Cleveland pride shines through the RNC

CLEVELAND, OH -  A 360 view of delegates on the floor listening to Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, deliver his speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 
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The political spotlight is shining bright on Cleveland as the 2016 Republican National Convention has officially come to a close.

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Each day during the convention, WKYC gave updates throughout the day to keep you in the loop of what was happening inside and outside of Quicken Loans Arena. 

Take a look at some highlights below. 

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The Republican National Convention comes to a close. Clean-up and teardown begins. TSA is preparing for record-breaking day at the airport as most people associated with the RNC will leave this day. 


11:21 p.m.:

11:18 p.m.: "We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare," he said. 

11:06 p.m. : Trump says the greatest compassion will be for our own citizens, and joins in the cheers of "USA." 

10:57 p.m.: "We're going to win. we're going to win fast," he says. Chants of "U-S-A, U-S-A," begin. 

We're going to have an immigration system that works for the American people. 

"10:51 p.m.: "In this race for the White House, I am the law and order candidate," he says. 

"We are going to defeat the barbarians of ISIS," Trump says.

10:48 p.m.: Trump is joined on stage by his vice presidential pick Mike Pence. 

10:16 p.m.: Donald Trump takes the stage to accept the nomination.

"The violence that afflicts our nation will soon, and I mean very soon, come to an end," he says, saying safety will be restored on January 20, 2017. 

"We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore," he says. 

As Trump turns to discussing his immigration policies, the crowd begins chanting "build that wall." "

The chants later continue when Hillary Clinton is referenced. As the audience says "lock her up," Trump responds with "let's defeat her in November." 

"A change in leadership is required to produce a change in outcomes," he later adds. 

Safety's a big theme of this speech.

"There can be no prosperity without law and order," he says.

"Every day, I wake up determined to deliver a better life for people all across this nation," he says. 

"I am your voice,' he added.


10:03 p.m.:  Ivanka Trump introduces her father, calling him the "people's nominee."

She recalls playing in her father's office, creating her own buildings on the floor, before transitioning into mentioning her father's ability to "see potential in people before they can see it in themselves."

"He is color blind and gender neutral," she says. 

The biggest cheers of the night go to Ivanka. 

"Only my father will say, 'I'll fight for you,'" she says, later adding no one has more faith in the American people than Brandon. 

9:37 p.m.: Colony Capitol's Tom Barrack is up  now. Poltico reports he's the only one out of tonight's speakers that was allowed to speak off-the-cuff.   

9:20 p.m.:  Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, is now on stage. He mentions how wages are flat, yet colleg e tuition and health care costs are on the rise. 

Thiel mentions his Cleveland connections--his family lived in the area as his father studied at Case Western Reserve University.

"I am proud to be gay, I am proud to be a Republican, but most of all I am proud to be an American," he said. 

9:03 p.m.: We don't apologize for America, we celebrate America," said RNC chair Reince Priebus. It's his second apperance of the evening. 

"We are the party of new ideas," he said.

8:55 p.m.: Lots of musical intermissions today. And, therefore, lots of dance parties! 

8:45 p.m.:  Dr. Lisa Shin from 'Koreans for Trump' shares her parents' immigration story.  Later, she adds that Clinton represents everything wrong with the system.

"With extreme carelessness, she's compromised our national security," she said. 

8:37 p.m. "Are you ready for change," asks Gov. Mary Fallin. "Me, too!" 

She calls for making moves to decrease the national debt, protect the borders, and stand strong with Israel. 

8:30 p.m.:  U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn gives a shoutout to her home state of Tennessee, along with those watching on iPhones and on Twitter. 

"Donald Trump has the skills required to lead this nation," she said.

8:11 p.m. Former NFL quarterback >Fran Tarkenton is up.He makes a reference to Peyton Manning right off the bat, kicking off a string of football analogies and stories.   

8:03 p.m: Pastor Mark Burns, from South Carolina, mentions defeating Hillary Clinton within moments of taking the stage. 

"We will never allow Hillary Clinton to become the next  president of the United States," he says.

The crowd responds well to his comments on "all lives matter," along with calls to unite all Americans. 

7:55 p.m.: Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio is now speaking. 

"Donald Trump will build the wall, " he says to huge cheers from the crowd.

7:50 p.m.: The first scheduled speaker has taken the stage--Liberty University president Jerry Falwell, Jr.. He calls Trump a "visionary," "true patriot," and a champion of the common man. 

7:30 p.m. WKYC's Andrew Horansky shows how Cleveland pride shines throughout the RNC

7:05 p.m. Cleveland Police tell WKYC that reports of officers and/or people in downtown Cleveland being stuck with needles is "untrue."

6 p.m. The Investigator Tom Meyer talked exclusively with protesters who object to an FBI no-knock raid in Lorain County.

5:45 p.m. A College of Wooster student returns Ivanka's earring that she found on the floor of The Q a few days ago. She's now a social media sensation with the #GetIvankaHerEarring Back 

5:10 p.m. TSA expects record-breaking crowds at airport Friday

4:15 p.m. University of Akron says the Donald Trump event scheduled for Friday has been canceled.

3:20 p.m.: Crews worked to prepare the stage for Donald Trump, which included turning everything gold.A line of American flags was also added to the back of the stage.

2:45 p.m.: Make earrings great again? A College of Wooster student claims she found an earring that looks pretty darn similar to one Ivanka Trump was spotted wearing Wednesday night.  Now, she's trying to reunite the bling with its rightful owner by using #GetIvankaHerEarringBack. 

3:45 p.m. Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka took to the new "gold" stage to rehearse for tonight's finale of the RNC. 

2:30 p.m.:  Yikes. A headline on NBC News reads "First Read: Three Nights of Unforced Errors."  The piece highlights a few of the convention's biggest scene stealing moments--like Monday's 'delegate rebellion' and the Trump camp's thoughts against Gov. John Kasich--and mentions how easily these things could have been avoided. 

2:00 p.m.: There's one big name speaker topping tonight's list: Donald Trump himself. Other presenters include Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, RNC chairman Reince Priebus, evangelic leader Jerry Falwell, Jr., venture capitalist Peter Thiel, and Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka  Trump. The primetime speakers begin around 7:30 p.m. 

1:45 p.m.: On the final night of the RNC, the Quicken Loans Arena is still pretty busy. Take a look at this behind-the-scenes look of NBC's Lester Holt talking to two of the Trump children.

1:30 p.m.: Anti-Trump demonstration, Stand Together Against Trump, takes place on Hope Memorial Bridge.

8:45 a.m.: The 18 people arrested Wednesday during demonstrations in downtown Cleveland are due in Cleveland Municipal Court. First to be arraigned at 8:45 a.m. was Julie Leroy, of Chicago. She was charged with two misdemeanor counts -- failure to disperse and aggravated disorderly conduct. She pleaded not guilty and has been scheduled to be back in court at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 8 before Judge Charles Patton.

Other cases not related to the protests are also being heard today. There is no schedule as to when the others arrested at the protest will be in court.

Charges include 2 people charged with felonious assault on a police officer. The others were charged with misdemeanor charges of failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

3:08 a.m.: It's the final day in Cleveland as Donald Trump will accept the Republican party's nomination for president of the United States.


11:12 p.m.: Trump joins Pence on stage before Pence's family also joins.

10:40 p.m.: Mike Pence takes the stage. 

Pence's mother, Nancy, receives an ovation. 

Pence says he used to be a democrat until Reagan became president.

Pence's wife, Karen, receives an ovation.

"We'll win because we're running on the issues facing this country," Pence says.

"Let's resolve here and now that Hillary Clinton will never become President of the United States," Pence says amid cheers of "We like Mike."

Pence says, "America is crying out for something new and different," and that the Clinton campaign has a "stale agenda."

"Donald Trump will uphold the law and get the economy moving for America," Pence says. "...It will be our party and our agenda that opens the doors for everyone in America to succeed."

One of the loudest cheers of the night occurs when Pence says, "Barack Obama's term ends exactly six months from now." More chants of "We like Mike" ring out.

10:37 p.m.: Paul Ryan takes the stage to introduce Mike Pence.

10:20 p.m.: Newt Gingrich says there is no substitute to victory and that Clinton is incapable of speaking with honesty. 

Gingrich speaks on the threat of ISIS. "We cannot let ourselves grow numb to these accumulating atrocities," he says.

Gingrich also notes the importance of keeping law enforcement safe.

"Our law enforcement officers deserve the same respect as the President of the United States," Gingrich says.

10:17 p.m.: Callista Gingrich introduces her husband, Newt.

10 p.m.: Eric Trump takes the stage. 

He says, who better to run the country than a businessman like his father?

Donald Trump arrives at his seat.

9:32 p.m.: Ted Cruz takes the stage to lengthy applause and says he's glad to be where LeBron James won a title.

Cruz congratulates Trump on winning the nomination. 

Cruz tells the story of a 9-year-old Texas girl who lost her father in the Dallas police shootings.

"Did we do all we really could?" he asks. "...America is more than a land mass between two oceans. Freedom matters."

He says America was built on five of the greatest words: I want to be free.

Cruz supports Trump's theory to build a wall to "keep America safe."

Despite chants telling him to endorse Trump, Cruz instead says, "Vote your conscience." The crowd boos.

9:30 p.,.: Marco Rubio delivers a message via video. He notes that Trump is committed to America unlike Clinton and Obama.

"It's time to come together and fight for a new direction," he says to applause.

9:11 p.m.: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker takes the stage to loud applause.

"America deserves better," he tells the audience, which chants the same phrase throughout the remainder of his speech. He tells the audience to thank our veterans to more applause. 

8:57 p.m.: Pastor Darrell Scott takes the stage, calling Trump a conservative father and grandfather.

The crowd applauds when he notes that America is a nation unlike any other.

8:37 p.m.: Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a space shuttle, is introduced. 

8:17 p.m.: Radio host Laura Ingraham fires the crow up with a spirited speech against Hillary Clinton.

8:15 p.m.: Our Hilary Golston examines the impact of the RNC outside of downtown Cleveland.

8 p.m.: The evening session begins.

7:30 p.m.: Police say 17 people were arrested during demonstrations outside of the convention Wednesday. Charges include felonious assault on a police officer, failure to disperse and resisting arrest. Click here to read more. 

Two officers suffered minor injuries in the protests.


6:00 p.m.: A Cleveland police officer on the scene tells WKYC that 14 people were arrested during afternoon protests on Prospect Avenue and East 4th Street. 

5:00 p.m.: Police have issued a dispersal order for East 4th Street and Prospect Avenue. 

4:16 p.m.: Demonstrations near East 4th Street and Prospect Avenue became heated. At least five people were detained by police.

Two officers were also assaulted, according to police. They suffered minor injuries. 

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4:04 p.m.: As protests take place near East 4th Street, "Heart to Heart International" is spreading love in Cleveland. 

3:10 p.m.: "A woman who has taken responsibility for the Melania Trump plagiarism scandal at the Republican National Convention is a registered Democrat, according to an online database," report our partners from TEGNA. Read more by clicking here

2:15 p.m.: In keeping with the event's overall theme of "Make America __ Again," tonight's primetime speeches are set to focus on making the country "first" again.

"Under a Trump administration, America will once again be a beacon of progress and opportunity," the campaign said in a statement. 

Tonight's primetime speakers include radio host Laura Ingraham, Attorney General of Florida Pam Bondi, Kentucky state senator Ralph Alvarado, Cleveland pastor Darrell Scott, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, U.S. senator Marco Rubio, U.S. senator Ted Cruz, Eric Trump, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista, and Trump's vice presidential pick Mike Pence. 

2 p.m.: There's been a lot of emphasis on what's happening in downtown Cleveland during the event--but what about other areas in the city? Hayden Grove reports businesses, bars, and restaurants in Ohio City aren't quite experiencing a huge economic boost. 

2 p.m.: Donald Trump, his family and VP pick Mike Pence, will attend a "welcome" event at the Great Lakes Science Center.  Trump's plane landed at Burke Lakefront Airport. He then took a helicopter to the event. 

11 a.m.: Caitlyn Jenner attends at a Rock Hall event.

10 a.m.: Cleveland city officials are hosting yet another daily briefing to update the community on how everything is flowing with the Republican National Convention.


5:14 p.m.: Some demonstrators are leaving Public Square and have started to march down Euclid Avenue.

4:18 p.m.: Demonstrators are filling Public Square. Additional police officers have been called to the area. The police scanner reports some small scuffles, but things are relatively peaceful. Cleveland police say no arrests have been made.

3:35 p.m: It's a happy day for Scott Baio. Turns out the actor, star of 80s television hits like 'Joanie loves Chachi' , is a big Trump supporter. He spoke at the RNC Monday evening, and WKYC caught up with him today (WKYC app users: click here to view). 

1 p.m.: Remember when we mentioned there are some zany Trump-related items popping up across town? We weren't kidding. Check out this likeness of the Don made out of dryer lint (WKYC app users: click here to view). 

12:30 p.m.: The USA Freedom Kids perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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12 p.m.: Keeping with the overall theme of the RNC, tonight's focal point will be "Make America Work Again."  It features several high profile speakers, including RNC co-chairman Sharon Day, UFC president Dana White, professional golfer Natalie Gulbis, U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Dr. Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christy, and Donald Trump's children Donald Jr. and Tiffany. 

Check out our guide for extended biographies of tonight's presenters. 

11:00 a.m.: Some pretty zany sights are popping up across Cleveland--including the Trump Hut. The structure's made out of roughly 60 hula skirts and is made to look like Trump's hair. Yep. Check out an interview with the hut's creators below (WKYC app users: click here to view). 

9:00 a.m: Kasich's on the minds of others, too. Chicago public radio station WBEZ reported this morning that a Monday lunch with the Ohio governor has caused more distrust within the state's Republican delegation. 

Kasich held a lunch at a steakhouse around the same time that the 'Never Trump' supporters were trying to make a case on the floor of Quicken Loans arena. Two Trump delegates, Stella Kozanecki and  Maria Hough, told WBEZ they regretted attending the luncheon. 

"Hough and Kozanecki think the Kasich lunch was a ruse to get them out of the convention hall and leave Trump’s nomination vulnerable," WBEZ reported. 

8:00 a.m.:  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in town today. He's one of the scheduled prime time speakers tonight. WKYC caught up with him this morning, and he shared his thoughts on Ohio Gov. John Kasich skipping the convention (WKYC app users: click here to view).

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11:29 p.m.: Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke speaks.

11:24 p.m. Jason Beardsley speaks on what it is to serve America. 

"Today at this crucial point in our history, can we solemnly swear to forge our national and bound together on the principals of liberty and justice for all?" he asks the crowd.

11:08 P.M.: Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst speaks.

"Giving up, quitting or accepting failure are not options," Ernst says. "...There's a void in the world, a deficit that cannot be filled by others."

10:39 p.m.: Michael Flynn takes the stage.

"America should not fear our enemies. In fact, we should defend our enemies," Flynn says.

10:38 p.m.: Donald joins Melania on stage again.

10:24 p.m.: "I'm so proud of your choice for president of the United States, Donald, J. Trump," Melania says. 

Melania took a moment to recognize Sen. Bob Dole, who was in attendance, noting his service to America. 

"I can tell you will certainty that my husband has been concerned for our country for as long as I have known him," Melania said. "...He will never, ever give up, and most importantly, he will never, ever let you down."

"Now he will go to work for you. His achievements speak for themselves and his performance throughout the primary proves that he knows how to lead."

"Our country is underperforming and needs new leadership. ...Donald wants our country to move forward in the most positive of ways. Everyone wants change."

"Donald intends to represent all of the people, not just some of them," Melania says. "...People are counting on him, all of the millions of you who have touched us with your kindness and your confidence."

"Donald J. Trump is ready to serve and lead this country as the next president of the United States."

10:21 Donald Trump takes the stage. "We're going to win so big," he says before he introduces his wife, Melania.

10:03 p.m.: Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks.

"The vast majority of Americans today don't feel safe," he says. "They fear for their children, for themselves, for our police officers who are being targeted with a target on their back. ...And we say thank you to the Cleveland police department for protecting us."

"They don't ask if you're black or white," Giuliani said of police. "They just come to save you." Crowd applause reaches deafening levels. "What I did for New York, Donald Trump will do for America."

When addressing ISIS, Giuliani said, "You know who you are and we are coming for you."

9:55 p.m.: Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions takes the stage. 

"Our middle class is steadily declining with African-American and Hispanic communities hurting the most," he says. "...This is an economic disaster. We're on the wrong track and the American people know it."

9:52 p.m.: Karen Vaughn, mother of a fallen NAVY seal, speaks.

"We are at a crossroads unlike anything we have ever witnessed in our lifetime and something must change now," she says. "...Too many American sons and daughters have died needless deaths. How can you defeat an enemy you cannot even name?"

9:44 p.m.: Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton speaks.

"Help is on the way," he says. "...We'd like a Commander in Chief who speaks of winning wars and not only ending wars."

9:37 p.m.: El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn speaks and reports of Trump arriving to the building.

"This isn't about black America, white America or brown America," Glenn says. "This is about the United States of America."

"We all know she [Hillary Clinton] loves her pantsuits," he continues. "But we should all get her a big, orange jumpsuit."

9:32 p.m.: Rep. Sean Duffy and his wife, Rachel, take the stage. 

They discuss the importance of family and note their eight children.

"Our great grandparents chose to be Americans and we choose to be Republicans," Sean Duffy says.

9:23 p.m.: Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. takes the stage to a loud ovation.  

"Blue lives matter," is his opening statement.

"What Donald Trump understands is, to make our nation safe again, s a recommitment to a system of justice," he says.

9:14 p.m.: Rep. Mike McCaul speaks on the surge of Syrian refugees and the risk of America's national security. "This is a dangerous liberal agenda and it's time for change," he says before some begin to chant, "Build that wall!"

9:04 p.m.: Victims of crime allegedly committed by illegal immigrants speak, noting the importance of making American safer.

9:00 p.m.: Antonio Sabato Jr. speaks. He notes he became a naturalized citizen in 1996.

"Others who want to come to the U.S. to live and work should follow the same rules," he says.

8:57 p.m.: A video on crimes committed by illegal immigrants is shown. 

8:30 p.m.: John Tiegen and Mark Geist, two of the men who fought and survived Benghazi and co-authors of "13 Hours," speak.

They recall everything they went through in a detailed account.

"We refused to lose," they said. "...Hillary failed to protect her people on the ground."

Chants of "U-S-A" ring throughout The Q.

8:24 p.m.: Pat Smith, whose son was killed in Benghazi, speaks.

She recalls the story of his death. "That night, we lost, sons, brothers and husbands," she says. "...I blame Hillary Clinton." A video titled, "What Really Happened in Benghazi?" is shown to the crowd.

8:20 p.m.: "We have to make sure the Hell the veterans come home from isn't the Hell they come home to," Luttrell says.

8:13 p.m.: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has taken the stage. He introduces Marcus Luttrell, a former Navy Seal.

8:03 p.m.: Scott Baio takes the stage to support Trump.

"Hillary wants to be president for Hillary," he says. "Trump wants to be president for America. ...Let's make America, America again."

Videos from day one

Dr. Ben Carson said he was impressed by the convention. He is looking forward to the week. 

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish discusses the convention and the city. 

Photos from day one

We are also tweeting live updates through the end of the RNC on July 21 -- and we want you to get involved. Join the conversation by tweeting us @wkyc using #Cleveland Rising.

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