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Diverse Group of Trump Supporters Speak on Conventions' Final Night

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Ivanka Trump introduces her father, Donald Trump, as the Republican presidential nominee, in Cleveland, July 21, 2016.

Ivanka Trump introduces her father, Donald Trump, as the Republican presidential nominee, in Cleveland, July 21, 2016.

Ivanka Trump was the last speaker before her father officially accepted the republican presidential nomination at the convention in the northern U.S. city of Cleveland, Ohio Thursday evening.

The businesswoman and former model walked out to huge cheers from the crowd, to strains of "Here Comes the Sun." Her speech was peppered with stories from her childhood, and she said her father will change labor laws put in place when women were not a major factor in the labor force. She says Donald Trump has made wage equality a practice in his company throughout his entire career.

"Tonight, he is the people's nominee," she said.

Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, waves as she walks off stage after introduction her father during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 21, 2016.

Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, waves as she walks off stage after introduction her father during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 21, 2016.

Before her, Tom Barrack, CEO of Colony Capital, addressed the crowd. Barrack is a longtime friend of Trump's - more than 40 years. He also served as deputy undersecretary of the Department of the Interior in the Reagan administration.

He jokingly began by comparing himself to the anchovy on Ivanka Trump's Caesar salad.

"I have nothing negative to say about Hillary," he told the crowd. "I have only positive things to tell you about Donald....we don't need to go anywhere else." He finished by telling a long story about his friendship with the Republican nominee.

Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley businessman who co-founded PayPal, spoke earlier in support of Trump, criticizing Clinton's speeches to Wall Street and saying that America is falling behind in technology. He also said he is proud to be gay, proud to be American, and proud to be a republican.

National Committee chairman Reince Priebus also spoke to the Republican throng, noting differences between the parties, saying Republicans want to put power back in the hands of parents regarding education, and patients for health care.

After multiple jabs at Hillary Clinton, Priebus left the crowd with a "little-known story of American greatness" about William Knudsen, an immigrant and a leading automotive industry head during World War II.

Dr. Lisa Shin, head of Korean-Americans for Trump, spoke earlier and received polite applause. Shin talked about her parents who were immigrants to America, saying her parents allowed her to realize the beauty of the American dream.

Other speakers earlier in the night included Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, former Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton, and Brock Mealer, a motivational speaker who suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident and learned to walk again.

Musical interludes and videos were prominent between all speeches leading up to the final speaker of the four-day convention, Donald Trump, officially accepting the presidential nomination.

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