A year ago, most pundits never thought this man would win a single primary. But after rewriting the political rule book, Donald Trump went with yet another unconventional move. Rather than making the throngs of delegates wait until the last night of the RNC to see the presumptive nominee, the candidate took the stage opening night Monday.
>> We're gonna win so big. Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen. We're gonna win so big.>> Where he introduced the evening's headline speaker. His wife the Slovenian former model Melania, whose speech cast the general election as a call to arms.>> The race will be hard fought all the way to November.
>> There will be good times and hard times, and unexpected turns. It would not be a Trump contest without excitement and drama.>>
The excitement was there if you find TV stars exciting, other speakers were legislators. In one case the speakers were actually reality TV stars turned legislators.
The drama was supplied by the theme. The Benghazi attacks of 2012 and by association, the failures of Hilary Clinton and Barrack Obama's foreign policy. And from there, a list of threats facing the United States foreign and domestic.>> The enemy is radical Islam.>> There are about 350,000 people who succeed in crossing our borders illegally each year.
>> Our police officers who are being targeted.>> These red meat issues providing glue meant to bind Republicans together after a divisive primary season. Few senior Republicans though. Two sitting senators, zero current governors, one former governor in the form of Rick Perry of Texas. Perry was a former primary opponent of Donald Trump's.
After dropping out of the race, Perry campaigned hard for Ted Cruz. Perry was given a few minutes to introduce a former Navy SEAL at the Convention Monday night. He didn't mention Donald Trump's name once.