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Republican National Convention 2016: Thursday preview

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CLEVELAND — No one can say there was a lack of drama and friction this week at the GOP convention.

US Sen. Ted Cruz speaks on stage at the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks on stage at the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday night.
(AFP/Getty Images)

The four-day event will draw to a close Thursday night with Donald Trump formally accepting the Republican nomination for the presidency with a speech that should have no shortage of fanfare.

Efforts to leave the Melania Trump plagiarism scandal behind were shot when campaign speechwriter Meredith McIver apologized in a statement Wednesday, and the fallout from the speech — which was delivered on Monday — continued to spiral.

As if this controversy wasn’t enough, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, one of the many Donald Trump opponents in the GOP primary, pointedly declined to endorse Trump in his speech Wednesday night. Cruz was met with boos and chants of “We want Trump!” from the delegates as he left the stage with only a single mention of Trump to congratulate him for his nomination.

So following a week that's surely tested the party divide, the theme for Thursday comes with a heavy dose of irony and significance.

THEME:

The final night of the convention is all about unity. The umbrella theme — "Make America One Again" — strives to show Trump can look past political differences to bring the country together to improve security and patriotism.

SPEAKERS: 

Before Trump himself takes the stage, the final night of the convention will feature the RNC chairman Reince Priebus, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and even a motivational speaker. Trump's daughter Ivanka — also a Trump Organization executive — will speak right before her father.

Donald Trump has appeared on the convention stage unannounced multiple times already, but his scheduled time slot Thursday will give him the platform to formally accept the GOP nomination.

The full lineup can be found here.

HOW TO WATCH:

The night kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and all speakers can be viewed live on the RNC’s official app for Android and Apple users. PIX11.com will also stream the event in its entirety. Download our app here.