Democrats Conclude DNC With Barrage of Trump References

Democrats said the Republican candidate's name 457 times in four days.

ByAdam Kelsey
July 27, 2016, 12:05 AM

— -- ABC News is reviewing transcripts from the Democratic National Convention this week to determine how many times Democrats say Donald Trump's name. Our rundown of Republican mentions of Hillary Clinton at last week's Republican National Convention can be read here.

Day 4

Democrats wrapped up their convention Thursday by hammering Donald Trump yet again, invoking his name 123 unique times on day four and bringing the total for the week to 457 mentions.

During her speech accepting the Democratic nomination for President, Hillary Clinton said Trump's name 21 times (plus a use of the popular "Love 'trumps' hate" refrain), seemingly unafraid to take on the Republican candidate a week after he addressed her 11 times during his own remarks.

"Here's the sad truth: There is no other Donald Trump. This is it," said Clinton. "And in the end, it comes down to what Donald Trump doesn't get: that America is great because America is good.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown included 17 references to Trump in his remarks, making him the second most frequent user of the night.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Chelsea Clinton did not mention Trump once during her introduction of her mother. Trump's family also mostly shied away from acknowledging Clinton, instead preferring to speak about the candidate himself.

In comparing totals, Democrats spoke Trump's name over 100 times more during their convention than Republicans did Clinton's last week.

Day 3

Speakers hopped back on the Trump train on day three of the Democratic National Convention, saying Trump’s name 158 times over the course of the afternoon and evening -- the most a party has mentioned its opponent in one day since the Republican National Convention began last Monday.

This week has been a metaphorical roller coaster for references to the Republican nominee. Democrats said Trump’s name 138 times Monday, before reversing course Tuesday to focus on Clinton. On Wednesday, the New York businessman was front and center once again.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine led major speakers with 26 references to Trump. That number eclipsed the 23 times Chris Christie said “Hillary Clinton” during a mock trial of the Democratic candidate on the second night of the RNC, previously the high-water mark.

“Charity after charity believed Donald Trump when he said he would contribute to them,” said Kaine, taking on the traditional running mate role of attack dog. “And thousands of Trump University students believed Donald Trump when he said he would help them succeed.”

Even President Barack Obama wasn’t afraid to take a few digs at Trump. Obama added seven mentions of Trump to the total, including a use of the candidate’s “The Donald” nickname.

“And then there’s Donald Trump,” said Obama to boos from the crowd in Philadelphia. “Don’t boo, vote,” he said. “The Donald is not really a 'plans guy.' He’s not really a facts guy, either.”

Day 2

Democrats shifted their strategy on the second night of the convention, drastically slashing the number of times they mention Trump’s name in prepared remarks, focusing instead on the candidacy of Hillary Clinton on the day she officially became the first woman to be nominated by a major party for president.

Throughout prime time speeches, delegates in Philadelphia heard about Clinton’s early years as an advocate for women and children, her work fighting for healthcare reform as first lady, her support for September 11 rescue workers as a senator from New York, and her acts of diplomacy as secretary of state.

Trump’s name was spoken only 38 times on Tuesday.

When featured speaker and former President Bill Clinton stepped away from the podium after a 45-minute journey through his personal relationship with his wife, he had not acknowledged Trump by name a single time.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright made the most references to Trump among major figures during the evening session, with just six.

On the convention’s first day, Democrats said Trump’s name 138 times, a number on pace to eclipse the Republicans’ almost 300 mentions of Clinton through their own four-day convention last week.

Day 1

After watching Republicans invoke Hillary Clinton’s name almost 300 times in just four days last week at their convention, Democrats returned the favor on day one of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

The terms “Donald,” “Trump” or “Donald Trump” appeared in an ABC News transcript of the DNC 138 times unique times on Monday, including references to the Republican nominee as well as buildings, the university named for Trump and even the businessman’s line of steaks.

Among notable speakers during the evening session of the convention, Trump was extremely popular. Major speakers such as New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker -- who used Trump’s name nine times -- and Minnesota Sen. Al Franken -- 13 -- repeatedly referred to the rival candidate as they compared his campaign to that of Hillary Clinton. Franken humorously noted he was a student of Trump University.

“The pride of Trump University, of course, is its library, located on a shelf in a closet on the third floor of Trump Tower,” said Franken. “All of Mr. Trump’s bestsellers are available for sale at a special rate.”

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren made the most total mentions of Trump, with 22. Warren is a frequent combatant of Trump’s on Twitter and she wasn’t afraid to call him out during her nearly 20 minutes behind the microphone.

“You're struggling to put your kids through college, and Donald Trump thinks he needs a million dollar tax break,” said Warren. “Trump's entire campaign is just one more late-night Trump infomercial.”

Warren’s 22 references to Trump were just one shy of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s 23 references to Hillary Clinton, the highest number of mentions of the other party’s nominee so far through both conventions.

Absent from the list of speakers who mentioned Trump was First Lady Michelle Obama, who refrained from specifically referring to the Republican candidate. Obama did speak of Trump's signature slogan however.

"Don't let anyone ever tell you that this country isn't great, she said. "That somehow we need to make it great again, because this right now is the greatest country on Earth."

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