The Most Talked-About Topics at the Republican National Convention 2016

The Most Talked-About Topics at the Republican National Convention 2016 Tripti Shrivastava Blogger Extraordinaire Simply Measured

Even as 721 delegates cast their votes for candidates other than Donald Trump — the most remarkable expression of party dissent since 1976 — Mr. Trump captured the official Republican nomination to represent the party in the 2016 Presidential  Elections.

On July 18th, the Republicans kicked off their National Convention with plenty of drama unfolding. The Anti-Trump lobby pushed for a “roll call” in a last-ditch effort to stop Trump from from becoming the Republican nominee. When the Chairman pronounced, “The Ayes have it,” the floor broke out into chaos, which lasted for hours.

The bedlam subsided and speeches began later in the evening with Melania Trump taking stage, but what was supposed to be the focal point of the convention’s first day turned out be its most embarrassing moment. Social media users started comparing Mrs. Trump’s speech with Michelle Obama’s at the 2008 Democratic Convention, which drove the Republican hashtag #RNCinCLE to a peak.

Chart_Trends-RNCinCLE-FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes-REV-01Soon after, #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes started trending, and the conversation took hold and more comments and memes flooded the online space.

Since the beginning of the Republican convention on July 18th, the Republican party’s audience has grown by 1.0% to 19.6M on July 20th, adding 199.2K more fans and followers. 


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On Facebook, engagement for the Republican fan pages peaked between 8-9PM during the prime time speeches:

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Top Social Media Posts at the Republican National Convention

These are the top social posts, Facebook and Twitter included, at the Republican National Convention so far:

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Total Engagement – 317K
Total Engagement - 238K
Total Engagement – 238K

The Convention is now in its third day. As this post is being written, conversation is beginning to simmer that Trump Jr.’s speech was plagiarized, too.

We are monitoring the buzz to see how this conversation evolves and what the next big thing will be at the Republican Convention. We’ll be posting updates right here on the Simply Measured blog. Stay tuned!

Tripti Shrivastava

Tripti Shrivastava

I'm a Social Media Analyst at Simply Measured. I love food, music, movies, and long walks. Let's talk about social media data!