The Republican National Convention began on Monday night, the first of the four-day convention. While much of the programming at the Democratic National Convention painted a bleak picture of where the country is headed under President Trump, the RNC sought to counter that narrative, beginning the evening with speakers and video focused on the administration’s accomplishments over the last three years.
Several of the speakers credited President Trump with saving lives due to his strong action in combatting the coronavirus.
One of the fast-rising stars of the Republican Party, Kimberly Klacik, addressed the convention in the first 30 minutes. Klacik, who is running for the House of Representatives from Baltimore, recently raised $2 million within days after releasing a viral ad which depicted the problems her city is facing.
“The Democrats have controlled this part of Baltimore city for over 50 years, and they have run this beautiful place right into the ground. Abandon buildings, liquor stores on every corner, drug addicts, guns on the street, that’s now the norm in many neighborhoods,” Klacik said.
“The same cycle of decay exists in many of America’s Democrat-run cities. And yet the Democrats still black people will vote for them, no matter how much they let us down and take us for granted. We’re sick of it. We’re not going to take it anymore.”
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Shortly after the convention got underway, President Trump addressed the American people from the East Room of the White House with seven Americans from different walks of life.
The seven included a postal service worker, a trucker, a custodian, two registered nurses, a police officer and a detention deputy. Both the police officer and the detention deputy explained that they contracted coronavirus but survived due to rapid testing and medications.
“As a nursing supervisor, I am so in awe of your leadership,” one nurse told the president. “Honestly, I know many people have said interesting things, but it takes a true leader to ignore all that stuff and do what is right and not be offended by all the words that have been said. And you really do show that positive spirit to us, and as a nurse I appreciate that.”
“I want to thank you all very much. It’s an honor to have you in the White House,” the president then told the seven Americans. “You are fantastic people, and the people you represent, you are an incredible group of people.”
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Former NFL player Herschel Walker, an African American, explained his friendship with President Trump. “I watched him treat janitors, security guards and waiters the same way he would treat a VIP. He made them feel special, because he knew they were… He told me, ‘Herschel, make an effort to get to know people, remember their names.’ That stuck with me.”
“It hurt my soul to hear the terrible name that people called Donald, the worst one is racist. I take it as a personal insult that people think I’ve had a 37-year friendship with a racist, people who think that don’t know what they’re talking about. Growing up in the deep south, I’ve seen racism up close, I know what it is, and it isn’t Donald Trump,” Walker said.
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Life-long Democrat Vernon Jones, a representative in the state of Georgia, also addressed the convention explaining why he is supporting President Trump.
In one of the most compelling speeches of the night, Andrew Pollack, the father of Meadow Pollack who was killed during the 2018 Parkland school shooting, explained how after the shooting, he was invited to the White House to meet the president.
“I got to see who really is. He’s a good man and a great listener, and he cuts through the BS… The media turned my daughter’s murder into a coordinated attack on President Trump,” Pollack said.
Pollack then said he didn’t blame gun laws for the death of his daughter, rather, he blamed school officials and safety officers who “ignored” the red flags leading up to the shooting.
“Gun control laws didn’t fail my daughter. People did,” Pollack said.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., also spoke near the close of the evening.
Sen. Scott began by praising his mother’s unwavering love and support during his childhood. “If you would just shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll be among the stars. She never lost faith in me, even when I lost faith in myself.”
Speaking of opportunity zones, of which Sen. Scott and President Trump have championed, he said, “This initiative… is now bringing more than $75 billion dollars of private sector investment into distressed communities.”
Sen. Scott also touted his support for school choice. “I realized a quality education is the closest thing to magic in America. That’s why I fight to this day for school choice, to make sure child in every neighborhood has a quality education… and the president has fought alongside me on that,” Sen. Scott said.
“How does a poor black kid from a single-parent household run and win in a race crowded with Republicans… because of the evolution of the southern heart. In an overwhelmingly white district, the voters judged me not on the color of my skin, but on the content of my character.”
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Over the weekend, the Trump Campaign unveiled a 2nd-term agenda that President Trump would pursue if reelected this November. Some of the many goals include developing a vaccine for COVID-19 by the end of 2020, creating 10 million new jobs, cutting taxes, holding China accountable for the coronavirus, cutting prescription drug prices, providing school choice to every child in America, hiring more police officers and passing congressional term limits.
The Republican National Convention continues Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 – 11 p.m. EST.
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