The Republican National Convention (RNC) kicked off on Monday in Charlotte, NC and attempted to set the tone for the rest of the week’s proceedings meant to drum up support for the re-election of President Donald J. Trump in November 2020. The RNC comes directly following last week’s Democratic National Convention, which was completely taped and served as the Democrat’s way of supporting Joe Biden in the upcoming Presidential election. The RNC featured a combination of live speeches and taped ones, while it also capped off an entire day of action from the Republican party. The first night presented speeches that focused on both the accomplishments of President Trump and also attempted to pin extensive criticism on Biden and his party.
Much was speculated in the lead up to the RNC with the lineup announced late on Sunday evening. Trump opted to assign the production of the convention to some of the people who had helped him during his time with “The Apprentice” and his other media ventures. The party had maintained that the convention would have a positive theme and would look at Trump’s accomplishments as a way to oppose the DNC tone which was seen by the GOP as a largely negative one.Read More »
In his first speech during the convention, the President discussed his accomplishments to boost the American economy and the weak attacks leveled at him by President Obama and Joe Biden, among other defenses of his administration. This was meant to serve as an appetizer of what is to come during the rest of the convention. Trump did appear during the evening telecast in a few pre-recorded segments talking to individuals who had seen positive change in their lives due to his administration.
Following the proceedings in the day, the first evening featured a plethora of short speeches from a number of Trump supporters whom attempted to silence a number of attacks against the sitting President. The basic theme from the first evening of the convention was to maintain that Trump and his administration have improved the lives of the American people since he took office in 2016 and that the Democrats are on a path to extreme leftist policies if they come out victorious.
Of course, this is an attempt to rebut a wide array of criticisms that the President has faced in his four years in office. Trump has been at the wheel for many of the setbacks that the country has faced during this time. In particular, this includes the spread of the coronavirus, the massive loss of jobs in the aftermath of this pandemic, and finally the handling of the racial upheaval across the country following the death of George Floyd and others.
This evening served as a sort of counterargument to the DNC and to a growing number of dissenters from within the Republican party. Many of the President’s critics have remained adamant that he did not address the coronavirus pandemic in an urgent enough fashion and his administration has not been positive for those of color and to minorities in general.
The first evening attempted to combat these criticisms by presenting a handful of individuals who asserted that the President’s time in office has brought positive results. This ranged from those directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic to other government officials in the Republican party to minorities whom the President had served in a positive manner.
Another aspect of the evening was the necessity to re-elect the President so that many of the policies and ideals of the left would not hinder the accomplishments of the administration over the past four years. A number of speakers warned of the dangers of electing Biden for both his policies and the overall tone of the Democratic party. Many of the speakers warned that a Biden victory would result in the loss of religious freedoms, lack of order in curbing crime and rioting, higher taxes, and further attacks from the left on free speech and gun rights.
These themes were presented by a wide range of Trump loyalists that included his son, Donald J. Trump, Jr, his girlfriend and attorney, Kimberly Guilfoyle, former NFL star Herschel Walker, and most interestingly Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the Missouri couple who came into the spotlight for their actions during a Black Lives Matter protest.
Most recently, the McCloskey’s have come under scrutiny for their encounter with Black Lives Matter protesters after they brandished firearms against them on their lawn. The couple warned that a Biden administration would lead to chaotic lawlessness.
In addition, a significant amount of time was spent on racial issues by these speakers in an attempt to appeal to undecided voters to advocate for President Trump’s policies and actions while in office.
Nikki Haley, the former United Nations ambassador also gave a powerful speech that strongly supported the President’s policies with foreign powers. She also emphasized her Indian-American background and warned of the dangers of a Biden-Harris administration in 2020. Many political pundits consider Haley a rising star within the party and even a possible candidate for the Republican nomination for President in 2024.
Finally, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, the lone Black Republican in the Senate gave the last speech of the evening. He drew on his personal background and his experiences to make the case for the sitting President as well as denounce Joe Biden’s own policies towards minorities. Scott’s speech was a heartfelt way to conclude an evening that served as the first chapter of the Republican party’s attempt to defend the President and his policies.
The RNC continues through Thursday with speeches on Tuesday from First Lady Melania Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senator Rand Paul, and many more. Trump is also slated to speak to close out the evening.
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