Republican National Convention 2016: What the final day looked like
CLEVELAND, OHIO - Tensions and anticipation were at their peak on the fourth and final night of the 2016 Republican National Convention — after debacles, flubs and mixed messages that started this year’s conservative celebration.
Speakers like Reverend Dr. Steve Bailey, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Lisa Shin and Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell Jr. riled the crowd up. Highlights included Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel’s speech, in which he offered thoughts as a proud gay man and Donald Trump supporter. The evening also included a well-crafted introductory video narrated by Jon Voight.
Ivanka Trump made her pitch to women voters, and then introduced the main guest. Despite another interruption by a Code Pink protester, Donald Trump’s anticipated speech went on and on — becoming one of the longest presidential convention keynote speech in modern American history. Among the many issues he decried were gun deaths in urban cities, the Iran deal, corporate lobbying and ISIS. He also spoke about protecting LGBTQ community from foreign ideologies, which was met with wide applause, seemingly surprising even Trump himself.
These photographs were shot on assignment by photographer Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work “Political Theatre” which examines the landscape of the American political system.