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The third night of the Republican National Convention was a more subdued affair, focusing on faith, the military, and women. Wednesday’s speakers weren’t as dynamic as Monday’s and Tuesday’s, but the strong message remained.
Gov. Kristi Noem opened the proceedings, sharing her success leading South Dakota. Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas brought the big guns, literally, delivering his speech from the Battleship Texas in Houston.
Other headliners included Second Lady Karen Pence, Kellyanne Conway, and Lara Trump. Like most of the evening, their speeches were to the point and serviceable. But once again, the so-called “everyday Americans” stole the show.
Ohio school choice advocate Tera Myers spoke of her decision to keep her Down Syndrome baby against her doctor’s advice, and to fight for his educational choice. Nun and surgeon Deirdre Byrne endorsed both religious freedom and the sacredness of life. Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese lawyer and activist, spoke of his fight with the communist government, and civil rights activist Clarence Henderson shared his fight with Jim Crow.
I keep bringing it up, but the key to this convention’s success is featuring everyday Americans instead of snarky celebrities. They bring real-life emotion that shows the importance President Trump has had in their lives. After their loss in 2016, why Democrats keep selling Hollywood lectures is beyond me.
The standout speech of the night was former acting DNI Richard Grenell who took the Russia-addled Dems and foreign policy dilettantes to the woodshed. It was blistering — and a thing of beauty.
Night Three wrapped up with Vice President Mike Pence. The content was great but the delivery slow. Nevertheless, he outlined a strong case against Vice President Biden and for another Trump term. Especially on the riots in Democrat-run cities:
President Donald Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest, but rioting and looting is not peaceful protest, tearing down statues is not free speech. Those who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Last week, Joe Biden didn’t say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country.
Let me be clear: the violence must stop — whether in Minneapolis, Portland, or Kenosha.
Too many heroes have died defending our freedoms to see Americans strike each other down.
We will have law and order on the streets of America.
Reviewing the whole night, I could have used more Gov. Noem (because, well). But it was another successful presentation demonstrating the GOP’s surprising message discipline and laser focus on the concerns of drifting Republicans and suburban swing voters.
The main event is Thursday. See you there.Published in