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The last night of the Republican National Convention blew the past three days out of the water. The party unleashed a barrage of powerful moments, from heartbreaking to inspirational. Team Trump threw so much into it; by the end, I think I saw a kitchen sink tumbling across the White House lawn.
I’ll stick to the highlights or this post will be 5,000 words long. As with the rest of the convention, the RNC pushed hard for the African-American vote. White House advisor Ja’Ron Smith vouched for Trump’s character and the need for hard work. Alice Johnson, whose life sentence was commuted by the President, praised his groundbreaking support for criminal justice reform.
For being the most racisty racists in the history of racism, I’ve never seen a more diverse array of speakers at an RNC. It’s not even close.
The parents of Kayla Mueller, an American murdered by ISIS, gave a tearful thank you to Trump for meting out justice upon Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. An equally emotional moment was provided by Ann Dorn, the widow of retired Police Capt. David Dorn, who was killed by St. Louis rioters.
The RNC relentlessly criticized Democrat mayors and governors for coddling these rioters in blue cities across the country. As they did, DC rioters rolled out a guillotine with a Trump effigy and abused Black cops and the elderly. (Perhaps Mayor Bowser should list this as an in-kind contribution to Trump 2020.) Rudy Giuliani nuked New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s near destruction of the once-peaceful city as did the leader of the NYPD’s police union.
Several politicians were also present. The standout was Sen. Tom Cotton who recounted Democratic failures and Republican successes in defense and foreign affairs. Ivanka Trump lowered the volume with a platitude-rich speech. The remarks were pedestrian and would have worked better in an earlier segment.
Of course, the main event was President Trump himself. As with Biden, The Donald isn’t famed for stirring oratory. Nevertheless, he rose to the occasion with a well-crafted speech and minimal riffing. Where Biden’s acceptance barely hit 24 minutes, Trump’s clocked in at 70, second in length only to his 2016 convention speech.
The delivery was sober and subdued, cataloging his opponent’s failures over 47 years of public life and stressing that he was too weak to stand up to the radicalism of his party. He pounded on every weakness Biden has and assured voters he would harm our economy and our safety. Trump also bragged about his own record over the past four years with the many highlights never mentioned on the nightly news. As the speech closed, fireworks engulfed the Washington Monument in a patriotic display.
Kudos to the Republican National Committee for creating one of the best conventions I’ve seen, and doing it under the most difficult of circumstances.
While I write, totally unbiased journalists are shrieking across TV and social media with a level of hysterics rarely seen outside of a Bravo reality show. Can’t say I blame them: RNC 2020 was a complete success.Published in