Night Two of what’s already been an even wilder Republican National Convention is in the books. And while we couldn’t find any instances of plagiarism this time around, there were plenty of winners and losers to tally up.
Winner: Donald Trump. As in, officially the winner of the Republican nomination. We’ve known this would happen for months now, of course, but to see it actually happen on the floor last night in Cleveland was almost surreal. All the major networks cut into their regular programming to broadcast the moment in the 7 p.m. Eastern hour (cable news, of course, was already broadcasting out of Cleveland all day), with Donald Trump Jr. casting votes for the New York delegation to put his father over the top.
Loser: Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight. The famed data journalist predicted in August of 2015 that Trump had a 2 percent chance of winning the nomination. His favorite at the time, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (28 percent chance), isn’t anywhere near Cleveland.
Winner: Donald Trump Jr. Looks like a legitimate candidate running for some kind of public office soon. Great tone and energy. Arguably the best speaker we’ve seen at Quicken Loans Arena thus far over the past two nights.
“For my father, impossible is just the starting point,” the 39-year-old eldest son of Trump said, later adding, “He spent his career with regular Americans. He hung out with the guys on construction sites, pouring sheet rock and hanging — pouring concrete and hanging sheet rock,” an appeal to blue-collar workers. “He listened to them and he valued their opinions as much and often more than the guys from Harvard and Wharton, locked away in offices, away from the real work.”