Republican National Convention 2016: What the final day looked like

  • A delegate poses with her Donald Trump doll on the final day of the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A delegate dresses up in a Hillary Clinton mask at the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • An attendee of the Republican National Convention shows off his bowtie and button on floor of the Quicken Loans Arena on July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A woman performs on stage at the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Delegates place their hands over their hearts on the last day of the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Delegates cheer on the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena during the final night of the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Delegates cheer on the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena during the final night of the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani attends fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Ivanka Trump introduces her father, Donald Trump, on the final night of the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Medea Benjamin of Code Pink is escorted out of the the Quicken Loans Arena after protesting during Donald Trump’s speech as he accepts the Republican nomination on final night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 21, 2016. 
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the final night of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, July 21, 2016. 
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the final night of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, July 21, 2016. 
  • A screen projects Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as he delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stands on the stage with his family and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence as they celebrate the end of the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Balloons and confetti drop from the ceiling of Quicken Loans Arena as the Republican National Convention comes to a close on July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence celebrate on the last night of the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Carl Paladino is pictured on the final day of the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Balloons and confetti drop from the ceiling of Quicken Loans Arena as the Republican National Convention comes to a close on July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A delegate celebrates the end of the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A man stands among the balloons and confetti following the close of the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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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. 

For more feature photography, go to msnbc.com/photography

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