If the first night of the RNC was any indicator, Joe and Kamala are in some big trouble…
The theme for Day 1 is “Land of Promise” and boy, oh, boy, did they deliver!
The RNC managed to balance the appeals to the base while reaching out to independent voters and addressing the issues that are of particular concern to voters: the pandemic, the economy, racial divisions, and unifying the country.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan offered the invocation at the RNC. He prayed for the unity of the nation, the police, the military, migrants, and the unborn.
The speaker line-up was just fantastic:
- Sen. Tim Scott
- House Republican Whip Steve Scalise
- Rep. Matt Gaetz
- Rep. Jim Jordan
- Former Ambassador Nikki Haley
- Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
- Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones, a Democrat who supports President Trump
- Amy Johnson Ford, a nurse who treated COVID-19 patients
- Kimberly Guilfoyle
- Natalie Harp, a cancer patient who praised President Trump’s “Right to Try” legislation
- Charlie Kirk, founder and President of Turning Point USA
- Kim Klacik, whose campaign video to win the seat of the late Elijah Cummings has gone viral
- Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who went viral when a video was spread on social media of them with their guns protecting their home from a group of BLM protesters who broke into their gated neighborhood. They’re now facing charges.
- Sean Parnell, a former Army Ranger, bestselling author, and a hilarious guy running against Connor Lamb in Pennsylvania.
- Andrew Pollack, whose daughter, Meadow, was killed in the Parkland shooting
- Donald Trump, Jr.
- Herschel Walker, Heisman Trophy winner and 37-year friend of Donald Trump
- Tanya Weinreis, owner of Mountain Mud Espresso, a coffee shop in Montana, had her “American dream” saved by a federal loan package after the mandated COVID lockdown.
- Maximo Alvarez, Latino owner of Sunshine Gasoline distributors who was born in Cuba and warned of socialism
- Dr. G.E. Ghali, LSU Health Chancellor who said that the expedited therapy has saved lives.
- Rebecca Friedrichs, a California teacher who is an advocate of school choice
There was just so much that was spectacular, but clearly, not everything can be covered thoroughly in this one article. So, here are the best-of-the-best of the must-see moments, and I’ll probably miss some.
1. The opening
The RNC didn’t have as much time or Hollywood backing that the DNC did in prepping for a virtual convention. Still, the production value of what was put together so quickly was just fantastic, and you can see that in the opening video.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2020
2. Debunking the “Trump and the GOP are racist” myth
From Kim Klacik saying that Democrat-run cities are often corrupt and poorly run to Vernon Jones saying that Democrats want blacks on “mental plantations”; from former Ambassador Nikki Haley saying that she was “a brown girl in a black and white world” to Senator Tim Scott’s inspiring statement, “we’ve gone from the cotton field to Congress in one man’s lifetime.”
Hopefully, the vast array of diversity represented at this convention puts the nail in the coffin of that lie.
It was Herschel Walker’s story of a “deep, personal friendship” with President Trump that resonated with so many people.
3. Andrew Pollock’s speech
This was an incredibly moving speech by Andrew Pollock, who lost his daughter in the Parkland shooting. Meadow Pollock was a senior in high school and was shot four times. She crawled over to a freshman and was murdered at point-blank range as she was shielding another student.
Pollock spoke about his meeting with President Trump and the end of the “restorative justice” policies that led to the administration at Marjorie-Stoneman Douglas to ignore the overt red flags before the shooting. It was a powerful speech.
4. Warning about the far-leftists vision for America
Sean Parnell, Rep. Matt Gaetz, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Charlie Kirk, and others all warned about the stakes of the election–that far-leftists want to “fundamentally transform” America.
It was Don Jr. who had the barn-burner highlighting his dad’s accomplishments and why he needs a second term.
4. “Joe Biden and the Democrats are still blaming America first–Donald Trump has always put America first.”
That little line was just the beginning of Nikki Haley’s fantastic and moving speech. She spoke about her time at the United Nations, the contrast between the record of Biden and the Trump administration on foreign policy, the economy, and the authoritarian tendencies of the left. She also spoke about her experience as an Indian girl growing up in South Carolina. Haley said firmly that “America is not a racist country.”
5. Senator Tim Scott’s speech
This is so incredible, that you should just watch it and hear Senator Scott say it himself. It’s worth listening to every single minute.
After that speech, there’s chatter that Senator Tim Scott could run for President in 2024, and it’s no wonder.
I wish I could highlight Maximo Alvarez, Natalie Harp, Dr. G.E. Ghali, and Rebecca Freidrichs, but you can look those up yourself. Take the time to check out all these stories–it’s worth it.