“The RNC should have taken an even more measured approach.
It should have tried to engage the grassroots by focusing on the convention itself, not the candidates or the party itself.
Instead, the RNC chose to make itself look more like a campaign rally than a celebration of American greatness.
It chose to become a political party of the candidates and their supporters.”—Mike Huckabee, in a Washington Post op-ed, June 18, 2016, a week after the convention.
“They chose to focus on the conventions themselves rather than on the message that this country needs.”—Rick Perry, in an interview with The New York Times, July 3, 2016.
The Republican National Committee has been accused of being too cozy with Trump, but some in the party are questioning the extent to which it has taken sides in the primary and general election.
The RNC is widely viewed as a party of conservative voters, but it is also seen as a platform for those who share the party’s views on a range of issues.
This weekend’s convention was particularly fraught for the GOP.
Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski took over the convention’s proceedings when the convention concluded, and he took credit for bringing the party together, calling the event a “historic event.”
The convention was, in some ways, the most divisive, as delegates debated issues like abortion and climate change and clashed with one another over the direction of the party.
Some delegates have called for a special convention that would not include Trump, and some have called on Trump to leave the party altogether.
But others say the convention should not be viewed as an exercise in political power, and that the Republican Party should move beyond the political rhetoric and unite behind a single candidate.
Here’s how the convention unfolded.
Donald Trump arrives in New York to deliver a speech to the RNC, the party that nominated him as its presidential nominee.
Trump speaks on stage during the RNC’s convention.
1 p.l.m.: Trump delivers his acceptance speech, which was largely focused on his campaign’s message of bringing Americans together, particularly in light of the recent shootings in Dallas.
He also made several controversial statements during his speech.
“We have to do a better job of standing up for the values that we believe in, especially those values that are the ones that we’re talking about.
Those values are the values of liberty and the rights of all Americans,” Trump said.
“That’s the kind of America that I want to live in.”
2:45 p.w.m., RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, left, and his deputy, Reince Smalley, look on as President Donald Trump, second from right, delivers a speech at the RNC convention in New Orleans.
3:00 p.t.m.; President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at the convention, which is open to the public.
Trump is escorted out of the convention hall by a small contingent of RNC security and police officers.
After a few minutes, a security guard stops Trump from moving through the crowd.
The president’s aides ask to be allowed to continue, and Trump reluctantly agrees.
Trump says he has received some criticism for his remarks about abortion, and the RNC security guard then grabs Trump by the arm and tells him to stop.
“Mr. President, you can’t continue,” the guard says.
“You’re not allowed to do that.
You can’t make any statements that could lead to violence.”
Trump says no, but he does not relent.
The security guard pulls Trump out of his speech and begins dragging him away from the crowd, while the president tells his aides that they can continue speaking if they want to.
The crowd begins chanting, “USA!
USA!” and Trump’s aides can be heard asking if the president would be allowed back in.
But the crowd begins to chant back, “No, no, no.”
Trump is seen yelling, “Get him out!
Get him out!” and several people are heard screaming, “He’s not welcome in!”
Trump is pushed away by security, who are carrying a police dog.
4 p.o.m.–The RNC is seen as the party of Trump, whose speech was focused on the economy, and who was expected to address some of the major issues facing the country.
Trump, however, was not present to deliver his speech, and a video was circulating on social media of him being escorted out.
Trump told reporters after his speech that he wanted to address the convention directly and that he would have nothing to do with any of the speakers.
“I just want to address this convention from a place of love, not a place where you’re going to do some of these things,” Trump told The New Yorker magazine in 2016.
“And I’m not going to be in the arena if you want to do the same thing.”
Trump leaves the convention without giving his speech or signing any papers.
He was later spotted walking around the arena