Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions put Trump’s name up for the nomination shortly before 6 p.m. ET. The nomination was seconded by New York Rep. Chris Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse him.
“Donald Trump is the singular leader that can get this country back on track,” Sessions said while nominating Trump.
The official nomination came on the second day of what has been a rocky start to the convention. An effort Monday to protest Trump’s candidacy on the convention floor fell short, but not before images of chaos unseen in recent conventionsplayed out on live television.
That preceded prime-time speeches headlined by Melania Trump, who is accused of plagiarizing lines from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention.
The Trump campaign has struggled to explain the similarities between the two speeches. Top aide Paul Manafort eventually blamed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“It’s just another example, as far as we’re concerned, that when Hillary Clinton is threatened by a female, the first thing she does is try to destroy the person,” Manafort said.