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The first night of the Republican National Convention wrapped up and, despite its virtual nature, the party has to be happy with the result. Where last week’s Democratic convention felt like a glorified Zoom chat, the RNC created a seamless presentation. The vast majority of speakers — politicians and everyday Americans — spoke in front of the same background, interspersed with video packages touting President Trump’s record. The tone was sober, patriotic, and positive — a cohesion sorely missing from last week’s confab.
Kim Klacik, a Maryland Republican running to represent a deep-blue, mostly African-American district hit the highpoints from her viral campaign ad. Vernon Jones, a Democratic state representative from Georgia, hit similar themes asking Black Americans to support a president who has delivered for his community.
School choice was another common topic, most ably presented by Rebecca Friedrichs, a California teacher who took on her powerful union and won. Several other speakers stressed the importance of the issue.
A doctor and a nurse praised Trump’s handling of the Coronavirus, while a Montana espresso shop owner thanked him for the Paycheck Protection Program.
Former U.N. Ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed Trump’s leadership and the night closed with a masterful presentation by Sen. Tim Scott. (That ticket in 2024 would be a steamroller. Maybe one can change their residency?)
The most compelling speaker of the evening was Maximo Alvarez, a Cuban immigrant and now-successful Florida businessman who warned of the dangers of socialism. You really need to see this:
The only speech that felt off was Kimberly Guilfoyle, who shouted like she was at a noisy rally and not in an empty hall. (Can’t speak for the content, I had to mute that one.)
Sean Parnell, congressional candidate for Pennsylvania, and Donald Trump Jr. both delivered classic conservative messages with potent digs at Joe Biden.
As much grief as Trump gets for not being presidential, Monday night’s event was vastly more respectful, patriotic, and … well, classy … than the DNC’s offerings last week. Where the Dems went for snark and mockery, the Republicans spoke to the best of America. They featured celebrities; the GOP featured We the People.
Well done, RNC.Published in