I have been watching national conventions every four years starting with Goldwater at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. They come around every four years, like the Olympics.He did it. He actually did it. Trump did the WWE entrance. pic.twitter.com/yp9JhaRbsf— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) July 19, 2016
Because of the egos at Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, I watched it on C-Span last night.
While Jamiel Shaw spoke from his heart about the murder of his son by an illegal alien, Megyn Kelly went on and on interviewing another talking head about some nonsense. I flipped to MSNBC. Then CNN. Then C-Span. Then back again.
It was a exciting night that viewers would have enjoyed more had Fox News reined in its talking heads and concentrated on the convention instead. Instead, the RNC was secondary to the nightly blatherings of the bevy of "Fox News All-Stars" -- you know the people who told you last summer that Trump had no chance in hell of winning the nomination.
Congressman Michael McCaul of Texas gave one helluva speech, asking, "Are you safer now than you were eight years ago?" He is the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. God solid speaker who made some really powerful points.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke followed bringing the house down by saying, "Blue Lives Matter." He is a familiar face, but dang, he gave a forceful speech. To be fair, Megyn Kelly stopped talking long enough to carry him live.
Trump, Clarke said, “has spoken passionately to me of his belief in our American system of justice, and he speaks to the values that are at the foundation of our social contract.”
“Throughout his campaign and over many years before he has consistently and constantly raised his voice not only in defense of the character of the American police officer, but the need for all people to feel they are being treated fairly and respectfully by law enforcement,” Clarke continued.
Clarke has made a name for himself in the media, with frequent appearances and outspoken criticism of President Barack Obama and Democratic policies.
Responding to a POLITICO story previewing Obama’s address in Dallas memorializing five slain police officers, Clarke wrote on Twitter that the president “poured salt on an open wound.”None of the cable three carried the delightful dual speech by Congressman Sean Duffy of Wisconsin and his wife, who followed Clarke. Sheesh. They had an entertaining yet serious speech about families and legal immigration.
Thank goodness for C-Span. I finally gave up and kept it on C-Span.
Rudy Giuliani gave the speech of his life. He called for Unconditional Victory over the terrorists. That's the attitude we need to have again.
The highlight for me was watching Trump enter the arena WWE-style through the fog to introduce his wife, Melania. She is a drop-dead gorgeous model who wore a white dress that ended below the knees. She spoke distinctly. English is about her third or fourth language. You really could not tell. She spoke from the heart and the teleprompter,
From the Hill:
Donald is and has always been an amazing leader. Now he will go to work for you,” the Slovenian immigrant said of her husband in her remarks to the convention floor.
“He’s sharp when he has to be, but he’s also kind and caring,” she said. “His kindness is not always noted, but it is there for all to see. That is one reason I fell in love with him to begin with.”
The speech attracted widespread praise from TV pundits and applause from the GOP delegates.
Melania Trump would be the first foreign-born first lady since Louisa Adams. She’d also be the first former supermodel to head the East Wing and the first third wife of a president.
Melania Trump, who became a U.S. citizen in 2006, sought to highlight her immigrant past due to her husband's ramped up call for tougher policies against illegal immigration.
“On July 28, 2006, I was very proud to become a citizen of the United States,” she said. “The greatest privilege on planet Earth.”
The comments fit into a broader theme highlighted by other speakers during the convention’s first night that immigrants should enter the country by following the rules and waiting their turn to become citizens.
Melania Trump also tried to dispel any notion that Donald Trump would alienate minorities, saying, “Donald intends to represent all the people, not just some of the people,” which she said included Christians, Jews and Muslims, as well as Hispanics and African-Americans.There was a nontroversy this morning about whether some lines in Melania's speech were lifted from Michelle Obama's similar speech to the 2008 DNC.
@JonahNRO Voters don't care. Undecideds witnessed a great evening. Melania was elegant and eloquent. Big win for Trump— Don Surber (@donsurber) July 19, 2016
Monday's show was a well-coordinated, very enlightening and lively convention opener. Roger Ailes, who scripted the 1972 RNC in Miami, should have told his stars to sit on it. Let the speakers speak. They are new and fresh.
Would you watch a football game where instead of showing the players and the action on the field, they showed the talking heads talking about last week's game?
Of course not.
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