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this is "nightline" -- >> tonight, donald j. trump, clinching the republican nomination. his four grown children, right there for the historic moment. >> congratulations, dad. we love you. >> two of them wowing the crowd with primetime speeches. this, as charges of plagiarism are flying against potential first lady melania trump. the striking similarities between her words and current first lady michelle obama in 2008. >> your willingness to work hard for them. >> and your willingness to work for him. also, being ivanka trump. she's been called her father's secret weapon. and she's gearing up to introduce him at this convention. >> i'm trying to avoid the question.
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>> what does she think about his sometimes outlandish comments? first, the "nightline" five. >> number one in just 60 seconds.
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good evening, from cleveland, the site of the republican national convention. the gop now officially has its nominee. and his name is donald trump. the grand old party is now the
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party of trump. it may be fractious, it may be messy. but true to form for a one-time reality star, it is rarely boring. history was made here tonight. donald trump's four adult children appearing with the new york delegation during the roll call vote that formally awarded their father his hard-fought prize. >> it is my honer to be able to throw donald trump over the top in the delegate count tonight. congratulations, dad. we love you. >> reporter: everybody knows the song. it is now official. donald j. trump, a business man with zero prior political experience, has now officially won the nomination for president of the republican party, which he will accept right here in this room on thursday night. trump later appeared by video in the hall. >> today has been a very, very special day, watching my children put me over the top earlier. the party seal. what we did getting the party's
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nomination, i will never forget it. it is something i will never, ever forget. >> reporter: during the celebrations after he clinched the nomination, what many saw as a telling moment. three of trump's children, hugging. awkwardly left out for a minute, the younger half-sister, tiffany. hours later, tiffany, a 22-year-old who we have not often heard from during this campaign, strode on to the stage to speak in primetime. >> please excuse me if i'm a little nervous. when i graduated college a couple of months ago, i never expected to be here tonight, addressing the nation. >> reporter: tiffany is his only child from his marriage to his second wife, marla maples. this is one of her rare appearances since the campaign began. >> i'm happy to be tiffany trump. and happy to be the family i'm in. >> reporter: her instagram shows
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her living a pretty typical life for a 22-year-old heiress, that is. she even released this song. ♪ she took campaigns to portray her often polarizing father as a doting dad. >> i look forward to introducing him to my friends, especially the ones with preconceived notions because they meet a man with natural charm and no facade. >> reporter: it was a confident performance by a political novice. not unlike the speech delivered by her stepmother, melania, last night. >> it would not be a trump contest without excitement and drama. >> reporter: that speech, however, almost immediately became the source of controversy, with charges that it was plagiarized from michelle obama's 2008 convention speech. here are the speeches side-by-side. the strikingly similar passages
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highlighted. >> we want our children and all children in this nation to know. >> because we want our children in this nation to know -- >> that the only limit of the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them. >> that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them. >> reporter: the trumps woke up to this front page headline. thanks, mrs. obama. and all over the internet, having a field day. team trump shifting into damage control, denying that the words were lifted. before the speech melania told nbc she wrote it. >> i wrote it. and -- with a little help, as possible. >> reporter: today, the campaign said melania's team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations. and in some imstances, including fragments that reflected her own thinking. was in a a case of plagiarism? >> i mean, it was pretty much
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taking verbatim what mrs. obama said. that's as close to plagiarism as you can get. i would call it plagiarism, sure. it wasn't word-for-word, but close enough. >> reporter: we sat down with brett latimer, a speech writer in the bush white house. >> they don't have a strong bench of speech writers. an amateur operation. >> reporter: "world news" anchor david muir spoke about the controversy with donald trump jr. >> what do you make of the striking similarities? >> i don't think there was anything in there that novel, in terms of those particular lines. she talks about immigration and the son, that was much more striking. >> she said she wrote the speech. >> she wrote as much as she could. >> reporter: hours later, donald trump jr. took the stage and delivered a well received speech. >> we believe that solving our great problems is an impossible task. that's why we need to elect a man who has a track record of
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accomplishing the impossible. >> reporter: don jr., who works for his father in real estate, talking about his policy and personal matters. >> growing up, my siblings and i, we were truly fortunate to have choices and options that others don't have. we want all americans to have those same opportunities. >> reporter: the official theme of night two of the convention, was making america work again. >> what's up, gop? >> reporter: and there were interesting choices up on the podium, including the head of the ultimate fighting championship. >> i'm sure most of you are wondering, what are you doing here? >> reporter: out on the streets in cleveland, protesters of all stripes, pouring into the free speech area, called public square. we have the first amendment in all of its glory. anarchists wearing bandannas. beyond them, conservatives shout tlaug megaphone. this gentleman over here with a
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rifle. a large number of police officers. and then, we have budding entrepreneurs like these gentlemen selling trump t-shirts for ten bucks. america. things got heated when a right wing conspiracy theorist named alex jones started barking in his megaphone. >> we are here to expose what is happening. >> reporter: then, a scuffle. >> back up. back up. >> reporter: a common complaint against anti-trump protesters, that he is a racist. engaging black voters is now the job of this woman, the newly directed african-american director of outreach. you may remember her from "the apprentice." >> i didn't come here to make friends. >> reporter: when you hear donald trump is a racist, what's
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your response to that? you know him. >> i don't just know him through headlines. i know donald trump's heart. i know him as a person. i have to acknowledge that he is racial. let me let you know what that means. when he talks about illegal immigrants and they're coming from different countries, that triggers racial reactions from people because he is talking about racial incidents. that doesn't make him a racist. >> reporter: we saw how tough this reality star can be, when she interrupted our interview. >> excuse me. i'm in the middle of an interview. seriously, you're really loud. thank you. >> reporter: an interesting moment there. that special pizazz you see. next up, ivanka trump, what she says is her dad's most controversial political salvos. and a sneak peek at the new "star wars" stand alone movie.
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donald trump recently made a telling joke. some thought he was half-serious when he said he briefly considered picking his daughter ivanka for vice president. she's often been referred to as his secret weapon. her siblings say she is her father's favorite. tonight, she sits down with lara spencer, for our series, "being trump." >> reporter: this is a big moment. are you nervous? >> i'm terrified. i'm excited.
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>> reporter: she's been called her father's secret weapon. one of his most trusted advisers. now, donald trump's daughter, ivanka, is poised to take the spotlight, to introduce him at the republican national convention in cleveland. has your dad given you input on what he wants you to say? or has he left it up to you? >> he has totally left it up to me. i think he wants it to come from my heart. he said, don't worry, you'll do a great job. don't worry. >> it was just over a year ago, you announced your father's presidential bid. >> it is my pleasure to introduce to you today, a man who i have loved and respected. >> reporter: what has this year been like for you? >> it's almost impossible to describe. to meet so many people, to hear their enthusiasm for his candidacy. >> reporter: ivanka has never been shy about her love and admiration for her father and family. >> the fact is, i'm proud to be
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a trump. and you know, i'm prud of my family name and what they've accomplished. >> reporter: this rare glimpse into her early life, captured in "born rich," a documentary about the children oaf the wealthiest families. >> we're on the 68th floor. not a bad view to wake up to. >> reporter: she grew up here, inside trump tower. even as a teen, she was well aware of her father's legacy. ivanka is no stranger to the spotlight. from being a model. starting her own jewelry and clothing and accessory line. >> you are setting the tone it is just about money. >> reporter: to her noteworthy appearances on "the apprentice." she is helping her father usher in a new era of american politics. >> reporter: your father relies on you a great deal. your brothers, your father. you're a tight unit. none of you have political experience. and here you are, on the
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national stage, front and center. one of his key advisers. >> i have strong opinions. i articulate those opinions. he raised my brothers to be the same. >> reporter: your brothers and you were given a chance to talk to the vice presidential finalists, if you will. what were you looking for? >> we wanted to ensure that personalities would be complementary. that track record was well-suited to the task at hand. >> the next vice president of the united states, governor mike pence. >> reporter: did you and your brothers afree? >> it was my father's decision. >> reporter: you weighed in. >> we did weigh in. but it was his decision. >> reporter: ivanka's support for her father seems unwavering. >> you called women you don't like fat pigs. >> only rosie o'donnell.
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>> reporter: have you given him advice on how to change the perception that some women have about him? >> i think the perception is a flawed one. people talk and talk about gender equality, but do they actually live it? my father has. he believes in equal if i amongst the genders, economically, politically, socially. my father has empowered women, including me, his whole life. >> reporter: he posted a tweet with hillary clinton and used a star of david. you're jewish. you converted. can you understand why that ruffled feathers for the jewish communi community? >> i don't think he thought it was the star of david. that was not the intention. my father's track record of supporting and advocating for jewish people and for israel, is unimpeachable. for a very long time. whether it being the grand
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marshal, of the israel day parade to the support he's offered my husband and myself and our family. as a kyoung-juish couple. i know the person and i know his intent. and i think that was really rother ridiculous. >> i love the old days. >> reporter: hillary clinton has an ad out. have you seen that? >> i've seen it, yes. >> i could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn't lose any voters, okay? >> reporter: as a parent, if your children were to see that ad, they were listening to those things, what would you say to your children? >> i wouldn't have my children listening to those ads. a almost all of them are a complete manipulation of his words. despite what anyone might say, i know the man. so do my children. >> reporter: but her father's controversial positions have made him a possible target for more than just political
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enemies. >> this young man had been targeting trump for some time. you have a man trying to rush the stage at an ohio rally. >> reporter: do you worry about his safety? >> we live in scary times. i worry about the safety of my father. but i worry about the safety of every american. including my children. myself, my family. >> reporter: what's the one thing you want us to hear, in this historic moment about your father? >> i don't know that people appreciate his tremendous empathy and his warmth. but they should. our country needs a president, who is able to dream big. my father will be able to do that. >> reporter: what role do you see yourself playing in a trump white house? >> right now, i take things day by day. i'm not going to get ahead of
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while the political world is focused on what's happening here in cleveland, "star wars" fans are freaking out for a very different reason. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> this is a rebellion, isn't it? >> reporter: it's the movie that's really putting war into "star wars." "rogue 1" is the first "star wars" stand alone film, separate from the nine-episode saga. and at the "star wars" convention this weekend, fans got a new sneak peek. the movie opens in december. it's about rebels on a mission to steal plans to the death
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star. >> may the force be with us. >> reporter: the story takes place just before the original 1977 "star wars." >> may the force be with you. >> reporter: one big reveal, darth vader is back. beyond that, total secrecy. >> you can't take him home. >> i was doing facetime with my son. and i see the screen going white. and i go -- no. and he took a picture, you know, of my costume. and i go, no. i made his mom go erase it. >> reporter: and for a different stand alone film in 2018, we also got to meet the hunky new han solo. 26-year-old alden aaronwright beat out three other actors for the role. >> any other actors you would screen test with? >> yeah, chewbacca. >> reporter: most lady fans seem to dig him. >> you would see that movie? >> definitely.
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>> reporter: but for others, the original solo is the only one they love. >> i know. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm clayton sandell in london. >> "rogue one" is in theaters december 16th, 2016. thanks for watching abc news. our convention coverage continues first thing in the morning on "gma." as always, we're online 24/7, on and on our "nightline" facebook page. thanks for watching the and good night.
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