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Donald Trump speaks to the Republican National Convention and the nation, we’re there to set it up.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures to vice presidential running mate Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and family members after arriving near the site of the Republican National Convention. (Evan Vucci/AP)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures to vice presidential running mate Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and family members after arriving near the site of the Republican National Convention. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Donald Trump takes center stage tonight in Cleveland for the final night of the Republican National Convention. He’s briefly come on in a cloud of smoke to introduce Melania. He’s prowled the perimeter to pull eyes off Ted Cruz. Now, the podium is his. The Republican convention has not been a lovefest. But Donald Trump may not be about lovefests. He’ll have a big audience tonight assessing what he is about. It’s his time. This hour On Point, last night in Cleveland. Donald Trump takes the stage. — Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), Republican Congressman representing Texas' 26th Congressional District. (@michaelcburgess)

Ginger Gibson, political reporter for Reuters. (@GingerGibson)

Dana Milbank, op-ed columnist for the Washington Post. (@Milbank)

Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner. Fox News contributor. (@ByronYork)

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Reuters: "Make Republicans Whole Again!" A divided party struggles to rally behind Trump — "Over three days in Cleveland this week, Republican leaders sought to sell a story of unity. They repeatedly said the party was getting ever closer to rallying behind Trump, who is running on the slogan 'Make America Great Again!' and whose candidacy has divided many and exposed deep discontent among Republicans with their leaders. But in a few minutes on Wednesday night that show of unity was blown apart in spectacular fashion."

Washington Post: The Trump convention is a triumph of narcissism -- "The Trump campaign has lately alternated between disaster and farce: the awkward rollout of Mike Pence, the botched logo, two parliamentary disputes on the convention floor, a muddled message, a plagiarized speech by the would-be first lady. But in one respect, the Republican National Convention of 2016 has been a yuge success. It is the triumph of narcissism."

Washington Examiner: Ted Cruz's gamble -- "The upside of Cruz's gamble is that in one brief appearance, he won the intensified support of those Republicans who cannot reconcile themselves to Trump. And, if Trump goes down to defeat in November — and it's safe to say everyone in that group believes he will — Cruz will have serious I-told-you-so cred. Then, the theory goes, he will be in a strong position to put the party back together and run in 2020."

This program aired on July 21, 2016.

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