CLEVELAND – Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination at the party's national convention on Thursday night after being introduced by one of his most prominent supporters: his daughter, Ivanka Trump.
But there are some women who won't need convincing come Nov. 8. They revealed some of the reasons they support Trump over the course of the party's four-day convention.
As they showed off their matching American flag-painted nails, female delegates from South Carolina proudly explained their support for Trump, saying they like his candor.
"He gets right to the heart of the issue," one said, holding her hand to her chest.
A self-proclaimed "peace-loving hippie" from Georgia charismatically sold Trump buttons, hats and shirts. Her reason for supporting Trump? She thinks he's the only candidate who could successfully defeat the Islamic State.
Mothers of slain sons from across the country took the stage at Quicken Loans Arena to say they're putting their faith in a Trump–Pence White House because they want secured borders and increased military support.
Of course, the convention also featured enthusiastic Trump endorsements from women whose support is obvious: his relatives. In addition to Ivanka, his wife, Melania, and his other daughter, Tiffany, spoke, aiming to humanize a candidate whose comments about women have been a turnoff to some female voters.
Melania Trump's remarks on the first night of the convention were eagerly anticipated since she has taken a back seat on the campaign trail. While on stage, the former model looked glamorous and gracefully poised. In an interview from 1999, she said as first lady she would like to be like Jacqueline Kennedy, and it was not difficult to make the comparison that night.
"I was very proud to be citizens of United States (sic), the greatest privilege on planet Earth," Melania Trump said.
Charming as she was, not much more was revealed about her own little-known upbringing or about the husband whom she knows so well, and the most impactful portions of her speech were quickly identified as closely resembling parts of Michelle Obama's remarks at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
On the second night of the convention, the lesser-known younger Trump daughter, Tiffany, said of her father, "He gives it all and does it all." She spoke about his encouragement and provided an anecdote of how her father commented on her report cards.
Her older half-sister, Ivanka, did more to bolster their father.
Ivanka's speech on the final night of the convention began with personal anecdotes, just as Tiffany's did. She contrasted her childhood spent playing with LEGOs and erector sets in her father's office to his job ensuring buildings made of "concrete, steel and glass" were completed. She said her father awarded jobs and support to people whose hardships he'd read about in the newspaper.
Then Ivanka appealed to working women, highlighting the job opportunity and wage-equality in her father's business.
While Ivanka's appeals to women were not necessarily matched in the Republican Party platform, the Trump campaign has visibly promoted women who work for the organization.
In Nov. 2015, Katrina Pierson became a national spokesperson for the Trump campaign. An African-American tea party activist and single mother from Texas, Pierson frequently appears on cable news networks on behalf of her boss. She particularly favored Trump's immigration policy. Pierson originally supported Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas but has since changed her allegiance. She told Politico, "I think Trump would be the better person to transition out of Obama."
Women like Ivanka Trump, Tana Goetz and Katrina Pierson particularly appeal to modern working mothers, while Pierson and Omarosa Manigault bring visibility to the African-American Republican populace.
There are other prominent women outside the circle of Trump family and employees who readily offer their support, including Laura Ingraham, who addressed the convention Wednesday night, and fellow conservative commentator Ann Coulter. Both have rallied their followers to Trump's side.
"You all know why in your heart Donald Trump won the Republican nomination. You know it. You know why he won it? Because he dared to call out the phonies, the frauds and the corruption that has gone unexposed and uncovered for too long," Ingraham said, addressing members of the media in her speech.
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Speaking on the final night of the convention, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said, "We must make America one again." Her support of Trump is primarily based on his economic and trade policies as well as his pledge to protect the U.S. from "radical Islamic terrorists."
Rachel Duffy and Callista Gingrich, wives of Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, backed Trump along with their husbands. The Duffys spoke on Monday and the Gingriches addressed the arena Wednesday.
But there are other Republican women who aren't yet sold — and they didn't shy away from expressing it at the convention.
In Cleveland, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley told MSNBC she would vote for Trump but has still reserved her endorsement. The nation's second Indian-American governor gained prominence within the party following last summer's shooting in Charleston. Initially, she backed Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas.
Tricia Traynor, an alternate delegate from North Dakota, was originally supportive of Cruz and is still not sold on Trump. She doesn't agree with his plan to build a border wall, and Trump's general stance on immigration doesn't resonate well with her.
"We need immigrants. In North Dakota we have a job surplus. At Applebee's they have people working on short-term visas. They're all very nice and they work hard, but after six months they have to leave. It's a waste to have to keep training people over and over," Traynor said.
"No one's from here. Immigrants built our country," she added.
Trump's inner circle and notable supporters probably can't turn Traynor into a Trump loyalist, but perhaps they could make her feel more at ease supporting the candidate. Despite her misgivings, Traynor will vote for Trump in November.
"He's our party's nominee," she said, "[and] after seeing where our country is going over the past eight years, I just don't like it."
Updated July 22, 9:34 p.m. PT: This story was updated to clarify that delegates from South Carolina did not decline to give their names. The delegates were interrupted by protesters at the convention before they provided their names to the reporter. It was also clarified that Trump will require the support of women voters to win the general election in November.
Updated July 23, 12:22 a.m. PT and July 23, 9:09 a.m. PT: This story was updated to add and clarify ways in which Trump supporters have worked to improve his image among women.
Updated July 27, 10:08 p.m. PT: This story was updated to refer to the militant group "ISIS" more appropriately as "the Islamic State," in line with AP Style.