After I posted day one highlights, I meant to continue with daily highlight posts. That plan got scuttled by some dental work that proved to be more draining than expected. While I recuperated, the convention ended and I am scrambling to catch up on the three days I missed.
President Trump [52:08] surprise, off-the-cuff speech. His planned acceptance speech isn’t posted at YouTube yet, so I’ll try to remember to put it into Bits & Bytes after they get a round tuit.
“Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for a radical left.” VP Pence’s acceptance speech is embedded at the link. I can’t find it on YouTube.
Madison Cawthorn [4:14] made an inspiring speech that you shouldn’t miss … especially the end!
Lara Trump [7:45] talked about Trump’s support for women and about the promise of America. “In recent months, we’ve seen weak, spineless politicians cede control of our great American cities to violent mobs. … Joe Biden will not do what is needed to keep us safe.”
CLICK [1:09] to hear a lifelong Democrat who, after watching the convention, decided he will “follow the Republican Party” and vote for Trump.
CLICK [4:43] to hear another lifelong Democrat who lives near rioting explain that she’s switching her vote to Republican, because Democrats didn’t even mention the violence, while Republicans condemned it repeatedly and called first responders and members of law enforcement and the military “heroes.”
First lady Melania Trump [26:34] gave her 2020 RNC speech from the Rose Garden at the White House. She talked about how COVID-19 has impacted our nation, how the White House celebrated the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and shared her story of coming to America as an immigrant.
Our classy FLOTUS may not be a dynamic speaker, but she surely didn’t deserve what Ugly Bette Midler tweeted. If still had any DVDs in which she appeared, I’d throw them out.
Sister Dede Byrne [3:59] spoke on the third night of the Republican National Convention on Aug. 26, 2020. She retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army Medical Corps in 2009 and is the superior of the D.C. Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts.
Byrne spoke of her opposition to abortion, saying, “As a physician, I can say unequivocally life begins at conception” and noted Biden and Harris are “the most anti-life presidential ticket ever” because they “support the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide.”
Anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson [4:50] detailed her journey from director of an abortion facility to pro-life activist.
Johnson used vivid language to condemn abortion, detailing an abortion that she witnessed. “Abortion is very real,” Johnson said. “I know what it sounds like; what it smells like.”
Mark Hemingway of RealClear Investigations noted: “The GOP before Trump would have been terrified to air such explicit anti-abortion rhetoric in prime time.”
Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann [4:43] called out the cancel culture and media hysteria – In 2019, Sandmann was targeted and victimized by Native American activist Nathan Phillips.
“My life changed forever in that one moment. The full war machine of the mainstream media revved up into attack mode,” Sandmann said
His final act is especially significant, because the reason Phillips targeted him was that he was wearings a red MAGA hat.
The media narrative for days after was that the MAGA hat was “the new KKK hood.”
Chen Guangcheng [2:38] is the blind human rights advocate who was targeted by the ChiComs for exposing their massive program of brutal forced abortions. After years of abuse, he escaped China and received asylum in the United States in 2012.
Left: Jason Joyce, an eighth-generation lobster fisherman from Maine, lamented an Obama–Biden administration move to order thousands of miles of ocean off-limits to commercial fishermen.
“President Trump reversed that decision, reinstating the rules that allow stakeholder input, and he supports a process that seeks and respects fishermen’s views,” Joyce said.
Middle: Cris Peterson, owner of a 1,000-cow dairy farm in Wisconsin, said that business was horrible in 2016, with many generational farms across the nation going out of business.
“More than any president, [Trump] has acknowledged the importance of farmers and agriculture. That support and focus on negotiating new trade deals gave us the confidence to rebuild our barn and dairy operation.”
Right: John Peterson, owner of a metal fabrication business, blamed the Obama–Biden administration for putting his business into a tailspin.
He praised the president for cutting regulations and putting an end to “draconian banking regulations” that made it difficult for his business to borrow money.
President Trump is a gracious man, giving credit where credit is due, even to a network that has treated him as shabbily as CNN has done.
The Biden campaign responded to night two of this week’s Republican National Convention, casting it as an evening of “empty rhetoric” and “empty gestures.”