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LIVE BLOG: Republicans Gather for Trump

The theme for Monday, the first night of the Republican National Convention, was Make America Safe Again. Among the speakers were two Navy Seals and the mother of a man who died in the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. There were also a few Hollywood stars who took the stage. However, the speaker most people seemed to want to hear Monday night was Melania Trump, the wife of Republican candidate Donald Trump. Get the latest here.


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after his wife, Melania, spoke during the Republican National Convention, in Cleveland, July 18, 2016.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after his wife, Melania, spoke during the Republican National Convention, in Cleveland, July 18, 2016.

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The speakers continue, but the convention wraps down. The arena floor is mostly empty as the closing prayer is given.

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Next up, retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

Flynn, who was briefly floated as a possible vice presidential candidate to Donald Trump, said, "I don't know how you follow an act like Melania Trump, who is going to be the next first lady of the United States of America."

FILE - Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, seen in this 2014 file photo, will join Drone Aviation Holding Corp as vice chairman of its board of directors. Flynn has been advising Republican front-runner Donald Trump informally on foreign policy.

FILE - Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, seen in this 2014 file photo, will join Drone Aviation Holding Corp as vice chairman of its board of directors. Flynn has been advising Republican front-runner Donald Trump informally on foreign policy.

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"The primary season is behind us. Let's all come together for a national campaign like no other," she says, to big applause from the crowd. She ends with, "Ladies and gentlemen, Donald J. Trump is ready to serve as the next president of the United States." She exits to the sounds of Queen and "We are the champions."

Melania Trump takes the stage after her introduction at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.

Melania Trump takes the stage after her introduction at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.

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The crowd in the convention center are clearly moved by Melania Trump's speech. At one point, she says, “You have all been very kind to Donald and me."

Melania Trump, wife of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump walks to the stage as Donald Trump applaudss during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 18, 2016.

Melania Trump, wife of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump walks to the stage as Donald Trump applaudss during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 18, 2016.

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