Epic Republican National Convention (RNC) Media Roundup - Day Three and Four
Writer Note Before We Begin:
Just in case it needs stated, I am not a Donald Trump supporter for president. However, I have never paid attention to the conventions as I have this year. I suppose, his antics and media circus of a campaign has made young people like me and my peers pay attention to the election like no other before.
This article is my opinion, based on the research that I did on the RNC 2016 this year. I have scoured the internet for news sites, Twitter, YouTube, and collaborated them all here in one place. You are welcome to comment and share with your friends, but I ask that you be respectful to other commenters.
Day Three - July 20, 2016 - "Make America First Again"
At the start of day three, the focus was foreign policy and economy issues. It appears the convention attendees were met with a large fabric wall. Wall of Trump is an organization that is against Donald Trump's immigration policies. The wall seems to harken to his statements previously about "building a wall" to keep the Mexicans out of our borders. The protesters did attempt to block the door to the building with the fabric wall that is said to be about 20-30 feet long, hand painted and made by people of the organization.
Like every other event for Donald Trump, there are protesters inside and outside of the convention site. Religious organizations and LGBT groups had to be separated at one point by a line of police in order to keep peace outside. Code Pink was also out in force again on Day three to protest Trump's nomination, even after some of their organizers had been escorted from the premises in the days earlier.
One account was an arrest made outside the convention of a person attempting to burn the American flag. While flag burning is a protected act of free speech, as given the ruling by the Supreme Court case in 1989. The police are reporting they arrested 18 people in conjunction with the flag burning attempt when the man holding the flag caught on fire. Protesters are disputing this, according to Democracy Now, stating that no one was burned in the lighting of the flag. While it's not against the law to burn the flag, some people may take offense to the very nature of burning the symbol of our nation's pride and unity. However, some would argue that the burning of the flag symbolizes protesters upset over the injustice of the nominee chosen and the flag no longer represents something they want to stand behind.
Either way, as seen around the country time and time again, where Donald Trump goes, so goes the protesters. On both sides, it should be noted, that while these protesters are out in force as an Anti-Trump movement, there are many people protesting that are also not supporting the Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton. We may see some of the same faces protesting at the DNC as well. It's becoming abundantly clear that America is either split down the middle with this election year; or frustrated and dismayed by both of their choices come voting time in November.
Twitter Mixed Reviews on Laura Ingraham's 2016 RNC Speech
Laura Ingraham Isn't a Nazi Supporter, Right??
Laura Ingraham was the first speaker to make a speech on behalf of the Republican Nominee for President. Laura is a well known talk radio host of her own The Laura Ingraham Show. She stood at the podium and talked about how we needed to "turn this thing around" and "restore respect across all levels of society." She goes on to talk about how Hillary Clinton is the status quo that she created.
Laura compares Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton in many instances, Trump coming out on top of course. She also mentioned "even all you boys with wounded feelings and bruised egos" would need to get on board with Donald Trump. She seems to be talking to some dissenters in the party, perhaps urging those who had not yet given their endorsement of Donald Trump to do so. After all, it's his party, don't attend if you don't support, right?
She comments to "my friends up there in the media" saying they knew how Donald Trump won the nomination. If they just looked in their hearts they would admit it was because "he dared to call out phonies, frauds, and corruptions", when it is pretty clear to most people around the internet that he won the nomination because of the non-stop news coverage from the media and the clickbait worthy articles written that were usually only based in half truths, if that. She was cheered and applauded as she told the media to "do your jobs!" and ended her speech with a peculiar hand motion.
Tell Me Your Thoughts
What Do You Think About The Possible Nazi Salute
Heil Trump? Reich This Way.
At the end of the speech, she touts the familiar "God Bless America" phrase and then turns to the left, her right hand outstretched in what appears to be a very similar gesture made by Donald Trump earlier in his campaign, before moving to the right and waving like a Miss America pageant contestant. Donald Trump and now Ms. Ingraham have been openly criticized for adopting the very salute of Adolf Hitler during the Nazi era in Germany.
While news media and social media have put both under fire for this gesture, it was largely debunked by the well-known myth busting site Snopes as being "Mostly False". Some think this was taken out of context and blown out of proportion through all media platforms, as Donald Trump did not ever ask for a pledge, only asking the crowd to raise their right hands to promise to vote for him in the election. Whether intentional or accidental, it's been linked to his white supremacist and anti-Jewish supporters he is known to have in tow at each of the rallies prior to this convention.
However the context or meaning was supposed to be, it sure looks kind of eerie for those people who are scared to have Donald Trump as president given his comments on immigration and terrorism, as well as foreign policy and LGBT rights. No one can account for how the American people will react to any small nuance of a speech or gesture given by anybody in the public spotlight, this one harkens back to a dark time in history that some people are afraid we may be doomed to repeat if Trump is elected in November.
While I'm not in the media and Twitter sensation that she did this as an homage to Hitler on purpose, one would think she would think better of her gestures on a national platform in front of millions of viewers. Especially since Trump has already been dragged through the news outlets for the very same thing, leaving me to question just how the conversation between Laura and the Trump campaign went after her speech.
Rubio Does an About Face
Previous Primary Candidates for President Lend Support ... Kind of.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio spoke at the 2016 RNC on day three. He did not physically attend the convention, he did send a taped recording in support of Donald Trump. While there isn't much coverage on his speech it does appear he spent the time to blast Hillary Clinton's record and trustworthiness. Marco Rubio compares Donald Trump's foreign affairs and other policies and slides in a few digs at current President Barack Obama and his ties to Mrs. Clinton.
It does appear that the majority of on lookers have made the conclusion, that while Senator Rubio did criticize Clinton and her policies, he didn't necessarily outright endorse Donald Trump with his speech. Salon is one of the few news media outlets reporting on his speech, and they made it very clear that Rubio didn't come out and say he was for sure voting for Trump, but kept his statement towards Trump brief and in a better light than the competition.
Some speculate if the deliberate absence from the convention was another sign that Rubio will not actually vote for Trump in the election. He was speaking at an event in his home state of Florida on the day of the convention when his video aired. He has no mention of the Republican National Convention on his Twitter feed and doesn't seem to be paying any mind to the media firestorm that has followed this year's RNC in general, instead focusing on his Senate campaign in Florida.
Twitter Had A lot to Say
Ted Cruz Defends His Speech
Trump Attacks Cruz Family and Perpetuates Attacks that Stopped Cruz Endorsement in the First Place
No Do Overs For Cruz With Trump
Texas Senator Ted Cruz Crashes the Party
There's not much in the way of reactions to Senator Rubio's speech online and so it would seem that he was less viral worthy in the media as his counterpart - Senator Ted Cruz who took the stage in the convention hall and stood in front of the Donald Trump supporters with a bit of a different message.
Where Rubio may have skirted his beliefs and left them open for interpretation, Ted Cruz did not. When the GOP takes a pledge in the beginning to vote for the candidate that ultimately wins the nomination and endorse that candidate publically, Cruz didn't do that either. He's getting a lot of backlash from Republicans and some praise from some, myself included, for attending Trump's party and basically telling voters not to give their vote to Trump this November.
"If you love our country. If you love you kids like I know you do, stand and speak and vote your conscience. Vote for candidates up and down the ticket, who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the constitution." While he didn't come right out and say that Donald Trump is not the right guy for the job, he sure was making it clear in so many words. So much so that he was heckled and booed off the stage during his speech by convention goers.
He stood at the podium with a smile on his face, and he was a lot cooler headed than most could be in the face of the backlash in real time he received. Especially when the crowd started to chant "Endorse Trump!" over and over. Amid the chants and boos, he continues to speak over the crowds and insist that Americans "Fight for freedom", putting an emphasis on "freedom matters, and I was part of something beautiful."
He flat out ignored the cries to endorse Trump as he continued to talk about uniting the country and the Republican party by standing up for freedom and doing the right thing. Basically giving Donald Trump and his family the figurative finger at their own party. Most people are saying that Ted Cruz is what the Republicans should be doing and that more should follow his lead, while the hardcore Donald Trump supporters say he made a mistake in not endorsing Trump on Day Three of the RNC.
Many people are speculating that Senator Cruz snubbed Trump as a way to think for the future election in 2020, stating he is already campaigning for a bid in the next election for President in four years. Perhaps he doesn't want any association with the Trump family or their head of house in case he needs to be seen as a solid candidate in 2020 with non-Trump supporters this year.
Further investigation in this particular moment of the RNC uncovered a Trump post on Twitter saying it was "No big deal" and he has seen the speech ahead of time and okayed Ted Cruz to continue to speak. By the pictures of the reaction of the family, I am dubious of those claims are completely true. And according to the video on the right, that's not accurate. Trump says on camera that Ted Cruz was not approved to say those things, as he does another flip flop answer to do damage control.
Changing his story, much like the Melania stories, Donald Trump now saying that Ted Cruz went off script from the prompter, which is not accurate according to the documents provided to the press of the speech to be given. Journalists have confirmed that Senator Cruz did in fact go according to the prompter script and the speech given to them beforehand.
Whether it was planned beforehand or not, whether it was a good idea or not, whether you liked his speech or not; it's fair to say that Ted Cruz's convention speech will be one of the most memorable speeches in convention history and will likely be talked about in future conversations about the RNC.
Twitter Weighs In
An Otherwise Flawless Speech by VP Nominee Mike Pence Made Awkward by Air Kiss From Donald Trump
Trump's VP Nominee Mike Pence Debuts to the World
After Senator Ted Cruz surprised the convention and the nation with his passionate speech, deliberately not endorsing Donald Trump, VP nominee Mike Pence was introduced by Paul Ryan and took the stage.
Mike Pence is the Indiana Governor that has been chosen at Donald Trump's Vice President pick for this year's election. Pence was essentially damage control for the blast of embarrassment that Ted Cruz threw at the Presidential Nominee during his speech. He accepted the nomination at the start of his speech and then goes on to talk about what defines him stating "I'm a Christian, Conservative, Republican. In that order."
Gov Pence made a passionate speech about Donald Trump's winning of 37 states, beating out 16 other primary candidates, and claims Trump is responsible for bringing millions of new voters into the Republican Party. He builds a strong case for Donald Trump as a formidable President should be be elected, simply with the foundation he set for his speech about Trump.
If I were Republican, I might like Mike Pence, he's eloquent in his speech and speaks about how his grandfather immigrated to this country and living with a corn field in his backyard. He is probably a good choice for VP for as he says "looking for a balance" to Trump's larger, colorful personality. Like any gentleman he gives a huge shout out to his mom Nancy and the crowd goes wild when he gives her a look of reverence and refers to her as "the light of my life."
Another chivalry moment for Mike Pence in his speech is when he turns the attention to his wife, Karen of 31 years, calling her wonderful and "everything to me". Declaring his wedding day the best day of his life, including the very night he's accepting the VP nomination. He ended on another family note, heralding that no matter what office he holds or job he has, the most important job I'll ever have is spelled: D-A-D. The crowd goes wild and if he was the front runner of the ticket, I think he might have had a better chance to win than Trump.
He covered all the points for positive that Trump has been lacking, making him a strategic running mate from Donald Trump. He has made it possible for some voters to be swayed to the Trump camp. He addresses the foreign relations crisis we are in, and calling Obama and Hillary out for "apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends." He talks about his marine son and his teacher wife. "History teaches us that weakness arouses evil" is contributed to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's leadership of the country in the last 7 years.
He declares and incites cheers and whistles from the crowd when he tell them to look at the calendar and reminds convention attendees that President Obama will leave office exactly "6 months from today." He says the Obama years is not ending well because there are so many things that divide our country, citing a failure in politics - alluding that the failure is Barack Obama's and not a lack of leadership in congress.
He ends his speech with the lines from the pledge of allegiance, which gives him the best, credible, genuine speech of the RNC to that point. It is both incredible and scary - Final thoughts on his speech, he used God as a final nail on the speech to drive home his Christian beliefs and resonating with the Republican right Christian voters.
At the end of an impressive speech endorsing Donald Trump, Mike Pence was joined onstage by the Donald himself. Standing ovations and thumbs up for the VP nominee. And while I'm not a supporter, Donald Trump SHOULD be proud of the speech given by Mike Pence and his solid choice for a running mate. Pence may be able to help Trump rally supporters that would otherwise not want to vote for Trump's radical policies shown thus far.
Oprah Interview with Donald Trump in 1988
Eric Trump Advertises for New Trump Reality Show
Eric Trump, Donald Trump's youngest son from the first marriage to Ivana Trump, took the stage with a speech he says "I wrote every single word of my speech myself." making him one of the only in Trump's camp to boast, and not be proven incorrect, not to use speechwriters.
While his speech is powerful and eloquent, I find some things glaringly wrong with the way he goes about the speech. He starts out fine retelling the day in which Donald Trump sat the family down and announced his intention to run for President. His story of his father was more moving than that of his sister Tiffany's to be sure. Eric relays the story to convention goers of how his father prepared the family that it was an uphill battle and they needed to be prepared for hard days ahead. Except in this interview with Oprah, he was pretty certain he would win if he ever ran for President.
That interview took place in 1988, and he touted the Republicans like George Bush as the underdogs in that election and praised them for their efforts. This comment did remind me a meme I had seen floating around early in the primaries where Donald Trump was supposed to have told someone from People Magazine in 1998 that "Republicans are the dumbest group of voters." That meme has been debunked, so it was not something he said. I have added the video of his interview with Oprah on the right.
I'm wondering how Oprah Winfrey feels about being added to the son of Donald Trump's speech by way of a quote. "Oprah Winfrey once famously asked my father if he envisioned running for the presidency of the United States. His answer? 'Only if it got so bad that I had no choice,'" he said. "Well, ladies and gentlemen, that day has come."
Though his claims have been debunked by Politico, he made references the movement Donald Trump started with the records he would make at the polls and voting booths as well as the stadiums he would fill in the coming months were beyond anything the family expected at the start. In reality, the stats show that while he has sent more voters to the polls to vote, most of them are not NEW voters to the party or voting.
President Obama Poked Fun at the Possible Reality Show Trump Would Have If Elected
Twitter Sounds Off About His Speech
Throughout the speech, Eric Trump depicted his father as a selfless man hell bent on saving America from itself and the hero who will pull the country out of the trillions of debt created by several presidents before Obama, but attributing most of it to the actions and leadership current President and the current Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton. Calling the previous administrations as "inept" and referenced the second amendment rights being violated to make sure the gun toting Americans are staying engaged; criticized those who wanted to take the Pledge of Allegiance out of schools to connect with the patriots and Christians of the country - all of which Donald Trump will rectify if he gets elected.
The wording of Eric Trump's speech is one of praise and devotion to his father. A story of a man who just couldn't take it anymore and he quit his very successful job to go on a crusade to rid America of the injustice and problems of the world. Though some might think the speech was worded more like an advertisement for the next reality show. Saying things like, "making traditional debates, must-see TV" bringing some Americans like myself to think about the reality tv show Donald Trump is famous for firing people on. Makes me question if this is just another publicity stunt and this is a new batch of commercials for the coming "Inside the White House" reality show should Trump get elected.
Eric Trump makes sure to hit on the money points of Donald Trump's policies and the things they attribute to him for "saving" with his own money. He promises that his father will do what no President has done before him and save and rebuild America "under budget and ahead of schedule." I suppose we'll see if Donald Trump is a magician or a fraudulent fortune teller, taking the voters for all their money and faith.
He ended his speech with a list of all the people who should be "true to themselves" and vote for a candidate "who has never been a politician" and to vote for "a candidate who hasn't received a check from the government." While I agree that politicians are kinda slimy and dysfunctional and I agree that the system may need some work or overhaul, I can't imagine why we would think it a smart idea to follow these words from Eric Trump and "vote for the man who DOES NOT need this job." He basically just said that his father was running because he is selfless, but he doesn't need to - crossing out all the good points he may have made, by discrediting his father's qualifications for the highest office in the country, in some voters' eyes.
After a Rough Day Three, Day Four Closes out the 2016 RNC - July 21, 2016 - "Make America One Again"
It was a wild ride and not the ordinary turn of events for a Republican National Convention. The speakers were scrutinized, previous primary candidates staged a rebellion on the stage and comedians have mocked it from every angle. We heard from many of Donald Trump's family members, including his wife and three children thus far.
On Day four, they saved the best for last. Day four was the day that Ivanka Trump, Mr. Trump's most high profile child and daughter made her own speech in support of her dad's nomination to the Republican Party's presidential candidacy. And then of course, Donald Trump took the stage to officially accept the nomination that has been presumed for months.
Donald Trump Tribute Video From Day Four
First Things First
With all the events that Donald Trump is at, comes the hordes of protesters in the streets and being escorted out of the convention hall. On Day Four, the convention goers were met with heat, protesters and prayers. All mingled on the streets of Cleveland. Hundreds of protesters came out to wrap up the RNC for 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump's last day of convention.
Tensions were high, police were in full riot gear and it was said that debates got hostile and police had to form barriers both on bikes and on foot to keep the protesters separate, but there were no fights reported on Thursday. Among the crowd were anarchists, anti-Muslim protesters, Bikers for Trump and those calling themselves pro- and anti-capitalist — gathered in Cleveland’s Public Square on Thursday, along with familiar faces from Code Pink as with all of last week and the Anti-Trump movement in the evening. All protesters battled the heat of over 90 degrees on Thursday to show their support or anti-support of the new Republican nominee for President.
Police reported 24 arrests total for the entire duration of the convention, stating that was much lower than anticipated by the police department. The largest number of arrests was for the flag burning that caused assaults between protesters in the square.
Ivanka Trump Portrayed in the Media as a Powerhouse Businesswoman Mom
Twitter is In Awe of Ivanka Trump's RNC Speech Introducing her Father
Ivanka Trump Introduces her Father By Revealing She Doesn't Identify as a Republican
Starting the speech with a revealing note stating "Like many of my fellow millennials, I do not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat," Ivanka confided in the convention attendees "I vote based on what I believe is right for my family and for my country." She used this as the basis for her comments about her father's accomplishments and qualifications as President.
She praised her father, for sacrifices he made to prevail against the other 16 competitors. She says he has always been "The people's champion" as she continues saying "He is colorblind and gender-neutral. He hires the best person for the job. Period." Though we have heard many things throughout the primary elections thus far that show contrary to these statements.
Adding to her brother Eric's statements the night before, she bolstered the idea that Donald Trump was famous but not really well known. She gave some stories of when she was constructing buildings on his office floor. She told the audience about his strong ethical compass and how he taught all his children to be resilient and overcome any challenge. She went on to say that he had the talent to "see ability in someone before they can see it themselves."
Ivanka Trump was poised and passionate about her support of her father. Declaring the details of Donald Trump's compassion to give the "little man" a job or recommendation in his vast network of business contacts. She tells how she has witnessed his empathy and generosity and railed on about his kindness to those who are "suffering" and how he has changed the world.
His daughter declares she will fight alongside Donald Trump in order to fight for equal rights and brighter opportunities than those of the generations before. She says "When my father says he will build a tower," she adds, "real people are hired to do real work." She advises the convention attendees, she promises is her father declares he will "make America great" he will not let you down and he will fight for you if he's in your corner.
She is a well spoken person and she delivered her speech with flawless points, though it begs to question where she sees this in her father, when all we see is the complete opposite of her points, it makes it a little difficult to believe. She can tout his bleeding heart of injustices of college graduates "crippled in debt" or the "mothers who can't pay for the childcare they need", but his actions speak a lot louder than the words of his daughter.
Her demeanor is uplifting and light, though soft and powerful, I'm sure she did a great job connecting to women voters and may have swayed some that forget the comments her father has made about countless women, including Ted Cruz's wife and the Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton. And on the note of HIllary Clinton, it was refreshing that Ivanka made no mention of her, did not throw mud at her and was not there to sling insults. Overall, while I didn't believe a word of what she said, I do believe Ivanka Trump believes what she said and she delivered her message with grace and poise.
The RNC Wraps Up With Donald Trumps Acceptance Speech
After a beautiful speech by his daughter, and likely, let's be honest, his favorite child, Donald Trump came to the stage to accept his nomination as the Republican Presidential Nominee.
According to the fact checking article Washington Post, it seems to echo what most viewers felt about Donald Trump's speech on the last day of the convention. Scary, Heavy and Dark were words that were dropped by a lot of Twitter followers and media outlets. It seems, Washington Post and several other media platforms, including The New York Times have also stated that it was heavy with doom and gloom, but light with the actual facts of things he was talking about.
Donald Trump took the stage after his daughter and talked about the crisis that America is in. For an hour and sixteen minutes, the Republican Nominee talked about how humble and grateful he was for the nomination as he addresses the delegates at the convention. He made sure to make it clear that "America is less safe and the world is far less stable than before Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America's foreign policies."
He made sure that he was very clear that he was the only person that can fix America an make it great again. He stated that he learned from his father to "respect the dignity of work and the dignity of working people."
The Time for Honesty
So, I tried to listen to the entire acceptance speech made by Donald Trump on Thursday, but I had to pause the hour and 16 minute speech at the 13 minute mark. Not because I didn't want to know what he had to say, but because he's already said so much that can't be nullified in my mind. I can't take him seriously and I can't possibly imagine where people are getting this "kind, warm, generous" vibe from him.
So I will say that the highlights state that he addressed these things in his speech:
- He spoke on the attacks on police and terrorism, which I heard, and did not hear a word about the innocent black men's lives who were lost in the police shootings as of late.
- Donald Trump lays the blame of the 15 year war in the Middle East, trillions of dollars lost, and the thousands of lives lost at the feet of Hillary Clinton. Claiming "This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness." Which seems a bit extreme to me.
- He claimed to be "the voice" of the people and promises to make America prosperous again through "law and order being restored."
- "We can't afford to be so politically correct anymore." What ramifications does that bring for those people who are protected by the politically correctness of this country. While I do agree that being offended by everything has likely not been a good thing, but there is protection in making sure that minorities and social classes of America are treated equally.
- He stated that Hillary Clinton's email scandal was the "single greatest accomplishment may be committing such a grievous crime and getting away with it."
- He touts himself as someone who knows the system better than anyone else, and he's determined to fight for the little guy and shield them from the big bad powerful people, but he leaves himself out of that equation. I'm not sure how anyone comes to that conclusion, including the man speaking the words.
- He recognizes his VP nominee and running mate Mike Pence, who I must say I agree, he did an excellent and moving job on behalf of his candidate. Mike Pence made Donald Trump look good, but not by speaking about Donald Trump, but by balancing his temperament with Trump's and showing that there might be hope for a softer side of the Republican ticket.
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- Donald Trump goes on to address the threat of ISIS and says he will "defeat the barbarians ISIS and defeat them fast." But he doesn't go into detail about how he plans to do that or even give assurances he has a solid plan, just vague "I will" statements.
- While he does mention protecting the LGBTQ community from the "hateful foreign ideologies" he doesn't make any mention of the domestic ones.
- He makes sure to stop immigration to United States until a "proper vetting system is in place." In the whole hour, he doesn't lay out a timeline of how long that would take or what it would entail, but he's going do it, fast and efficiently. He made sure to drive home that he only wanted people coming to our country "who will support our values and love our people." What values do they have to support? Speaking English? Being Christian?
- First plan and the only plan I've heard from Donald Trump is the plan for a "great big border wall" to keep out the immigrants. Who's funding it? Mexico apparently.
- He states we have horrible trade agreements with China and other countries and he will be the man responsible for re-negotiating terms for better deals. And he draws the point that the US will walk away from any country that doesn't bow to his deals and wishes. I can't imagine that's going to go well.
There You Have It
So, regardless of whether you like it or not, Donald Trump will be one of the options for President in this year's 2016 Presidential Election. I have compiled the highlights, the Twitter responses and the speech videos. It's up to you to make up your own mind.
And stay tuned for the DNC Roundup after the whole convention is completed.