Thursday, July 21, 2016

Politics: Republican National Convention

The Republican National Convention took place in Cleveland, Ohio this week from Monday to Thursday. Every night there have been speeches from celebrities, pastors, businessmen, businesswomen, politicians, and the Trump family. The convention has been plagued with rumors of financial trouble and disorganization as prominent guests and donors dropped out only to be filled with unrecognizable names that were once famous or position themselves to praise the Republican Presidential nominee. Cruising on his vague statement of a claim that he will "Make America Great Again", each night took a theme from Donald Trump's catchy slogan.

The first night took the theme of "Make America Safe Again", proposedly to discuss national security. The roll call vote, an effort to stop the nomination of Trump, was quickly shut down by the convention committee. The night brought out D-List celebrities like Scott Baio and Antonio Sabato Jr. alongside politicians that failed in their presidential bid rather early like Rick Perry. Senator Tom Cotton also got up there to promote the nominee and attack the opponent. Rudy Giuliana screamed about attackers, Hillary Clinton and supported Trump loudly. The headline of the night came from Melania Trump and her speech plagiarized a speech made by Michelle Obama eight years ago.

The second night was "Make America Work Again", economic policy being the topic. The nomination was finally confirmed as each state pledged their delegates, the result of the long months of primaries and caucuses, ending finally with New York City, as Donald Trump Jr. put forth the delegates to put Trump over the required amount. There was some debate later from Alaska as to how many delegates they had put towards Trump. The speakers were a lot harsher towards the Democratic opponent with orators like Paul Ryan, Chris "Guilty" Christie, and the Trump children Tiffany and Donald Jr., trying to make their father relatable but still flaunt their business and wealth. Ben Carson spoke later but I missed that speech where he compared Hilary Clinton to Satan.

The third night "Make America First Again" had some implications for business, not much discussion of education. Scott Walker made a pitch for his next chance at the presidency with "America Deserves Better" as a slogan. Marco Rubio endorsed Trump through a video message. Ted Cruz showed up not to endorse Trump but to win the party over for his next attempt at running. He was booed off the stage and the end of his speech was interrupted by the appearance of Trump. Vice Presidential Nominee Mike Pence came on to speak but the excitement was over and Pence is a such a boring orator that I turned off the television.

The fourth night "Make America One Again", an appeal to unity, was the night to showcase the candidate himself. A video narrated by Jon Voight sought to show the audience and viewers how Donald Trump's business acumen would assist the United States of America like he has done for his buildings and the city of New York. Ivanka Trump introduced her father working hard to appeal to women and depict her father as a thoughtful, considerate, and intelligent. 

Donald Trump came on to speak, packing his long list campaign promises all into one long diatribe mixed with chanting and cheers from the crowd. He promised some extraordinary things but was short on his plans. He did not mince words when it came to his opponent Hilary Clinton. One of the surprises was getting the crowd to cheer for the LGBTQ community as he pledges to stop terrorism after tragedies like the Orlando nightclub shooting. Depicting a troubled America, the nominee talked up the recent tragedies to make the world appear exceptionally frightening. One noticeable thing is the diversion from typical Republican beliefs.

He pledged support for the police after the recent attacks in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and other cities. He laid out economic policies that he promised would create jobs and opportunities for the future of the country including repealing the recent health care act and limiting immigration with a border wall. The speech was remarkably long, dragged out by pauses for applause. He made plenty of promises repeatedly from fixing the Veterans Affairs health care, economy, and foreign policy. Details were scarce. He thanked his supporters and family while bashing his detractors. He ended on attacks to his opponent and a pledge to support the people.

The Republicans have now had their chance to dominate a week of the press and the narrative of this presidential election. There has been some snafus and gaffes, but with the overwhelming of the message, it is easy to see how many voters will be taken in by this side of the political battle about to play out for over three more months. 

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