As Republicans anoint Trump, party grapples with identity crisis

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Trump celebrates at the conclusion of the final session of the Republican National Convention in ClevelandBy James Oliphant and Emily Stephenson CLEVELAND (Reuters) – On the floor and corridors of the basketball arena hosting the Republican National Convention, in restaurants and bars, hotel lobbies and conference rooms across Cleveland, the talk was of the rise of Donald Trump, whose unlikely presidential candidacy has caused seismic fractures in the Republican Party. This was the week that Trump was officially nominated as the Republicans’ 2016 presidential candidate and was effectively given control of a party whose leaders have criticized him for his incendiary rhetoric, personal attacks on fellow Republicans, and tendency to stray from decades-old party orthodoxy.

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