Sunday, August 30th, 2020
My Dear America:
Like the Democratic Convention the week before, the Republican National Convention was also a mainly Televised Convention.
Unlike the Democratic Convention that featured some very well known Republicans including John Kasich and Colin Powell, among others, stumping for Joe Biden there were only a few virtually unknown Democrats willing to show up for Donald Trump at his Convention.
In fact, most of the people who showed up to support Donald Trump at his Convention were mainly unknown people, although he did score a few Republican Legislators who were willing to put their already soiled reputations on the line for Donald Trump. Representative Steve Scalise showed up, as did Kevin McCarthy. Also Senators Tom Cotton, Joni Erst and Mitch McConnell gave short speeches of support for President Trump.
I did fully watch the first night, third and fourth nights of the Convention. I taped the second night but after watching some of the "highlights" on Stephen Colbert's show as well as on MSNBC and CNN I decided not to put myself through the torture of watching Eric and Melania Trump extol the virtues of Donald Trump.
For God's Sake didn't anyone in the Trump Campaign staff have the good sense to tell Donald and Melania that her immigrant story is tone deaf to a nation that is tired of seeing immigrants locked up, locked out and immigrant children separated from their families.
In addition, to the very long Week Of A Thousand lies (At Least) we saw some additional very out of touch behaviors and speeches on the part of a lot of the Trump Surrogates.
Certainly on night one the award for the loudest and the weirdest speech of the night went to Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Junior's girlfriend and former Fox News Contributor, who is also inexplicably the Ex Wife of California Gavin Newsom.
Other Trump Panderers on Night One of the Convention included Representatives Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan. Jordan actually put on a suit coat for this event. Senator Tim Scott seemed sincere but misguided and former South Carolina Governor and United Nations Representative Nikki Haley took care to look good and feather her own nest as she proclaimed her loyalty to Donald Trump.
Mark and Patricia McClosky, two gun toting Lawyers who got a lot of press and a visit from the police for brandishing guns outside of their home in St. Louis during Black Lives Matter Protests also showed up to profess fealty to Donald Trump. Don Junior was also there on Monday night prompting some people to speculate as to whether Junior might be hopped up on something other than family loyalty.
Some of those showing up to praise the President on night two of the Convention in addition to Melania and Eric Trump were Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, live from Jerusalem where he was traveling on the taxpayers dime and Senator Rand Paul, who had nothing good to say about Donald Trump when they were running against each other in 2016. Now apparently they're Best Buddies. Who could have predicted that.
Former Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, who killed her investigation into Trump University after receiving a Very Substantial Campaign Contribution from Donald Trump, had the audacity to try to revive the corruption allegations against Hunter Biden that she pedaled when she was one of Trump's Defense Attorney's during the Senate Impeachment Trial.
Do these people have so little common sense that they scream Nepotism when both Ivanka and Jared are working in the White House and Don Junior and Eric Trump are taking full advantage of making money while their father is the President and Eric's wife is working on the Campaign. Not to mention the recent allegations that Donald Trump Senior was having his self appointed Ambassador trying to procure the British Open Golf Tournament for one of Trump's golf courses in the British Isles.
Night Three of the Trump Republican Convention was rather light on stars. Mike Pence and Karen Pence both had their turn and I have to say that I thought Mike was more impressive than I expected. Of course after Mike's speech he was joined onstage by Donald Trump. At Fort McHenry where Pence gave his speech there seemed to be some people making an attempt at social distancing and some people wearing masks.
Prior to Mile Pence there were presentations by the Governor of South Dakota and Congressional Representatives from Tennessee, Texas and New York, as well as Trump Operatives Kayleigh McEnenny and Kellyanne Conway. Conway had announced at the beginning of the week that she would be leaving the White House where she had worked as an advisor since Trump's Inauguration to try to work out some issues at home with her daughter, who along with Kellyanne's husband, George Conway, had been discrediting Donald Trump for a very long time.
A Sacred Heart Nun and Surgeon must have held her nose as she talked about her support for Trump because she was against abortion.
Football Coach, Lou Holtz, also spoke in Trump's behalf on Night 3, as did Lara Trump and Richard Grenell, Former Acting Director of National Intelligence. Grenell had not lasted long as DNI Director because even the Republicans thought he was someone who had no experience in Intelligence gathering.
Night Four was somewhat of a Rogues Gallery with Donald Trump being the Rogue in Chief. The exception to the Rogue Rule was the inclusion of Carl and Marsha Mueller, parents of Kayla Mueller, a young aid worker who was kidnapped in Syria and after being tortured and raped repeatedly was eventually killed. Although none of this occurred during the Trump Administration Mr. and Mrs. Mueller somehow seemed to feel that the Obama Administration policy of not paying ransom was responsible for their daughter's death and you can't blame them for how they feel. I doubt whether Donald Trump is deserving of their loyalty to him but regardless the Muellers are riding on the Trump Train and I would certainly not judge them harshly.
Alice Johnson was another person who some might judge harshly. Alice spent 22 years in prison serving a life sentence for what I believe were drug offenses. Donald Trump commuted her sentence and more recently pardoned her. Again, I don't blame this woman for supporting the man who pardoned her. I would be surprised if she didn't support Donald Trump.
Other members of the Thursday Night Rogues Gallery beside Trump were Ben Carson, Mitch McConnell live from Kentucky, Senator Tom Cotton, Representative Kevin McCarthy, Representative Jeff Van Drew, who when he saw he was going to lose his New Jersey Congressional seat left the Democratic Party and became a Republican. Other Thursday Night Rogues included Ivanka Trump (Beautiful, but a Rogue Nevertheless), Rudy Giuliani, Franklin Graham and Dana White, President of the UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Then there is the Rogue in Chief, Donald Trump, who after a stirring introduction by his daughter, Ivanka came walking out of the White House with his wife looking like a South American or Middle Eastern or Russian Dictator shuffling out to meet his minions.
And his minions were there. All of his Acting Secretaries of Various Cabinet Agencies. Many members of the Border Patrol. Many Politicians and many friends and Relations. Almost all of them were not wearing masks and were sitting close together making a mockery of CDC Covid 19 Guidelines.
On and On Trump went with Grievance after Grievance for 70 minutes in the middle of possibly the worst Pandemic the world has ever seen unloading on Joe Biden and the Democrats.
There were many things that Donald Trump left out of his speech and were hardly mentioned by anyone at the Republican National Convention.
There was no mention of the at the time 170 thousand (Now Higher than that) Dead Americans filling up American Graveyards because Donald Trump wanted to pretend that the Pandemic wasn't happening because it didn't look good for his Re Election Campaign. But it was happening.
There was also no mention of the numerous Trump Campaign Leaders who are either in jail or pardoned by Trump or his Attorney General, William Barr. Three of his Campaign Managers have been charged with crimes, Paul Manafort, Steve Bannon and Corey Lewandowski.
There was no mention of the Senate Intelligence Committee report stating clearly that there certainly was Cooperation between the Trump Campaign and Russian Intelligence.
There was a mention, however, of the danger of immigrants and black and brown people who are causing problems for American cities according to Donald Trump.
The Convention was very skillfully done, I must admit. The Republicans presented a rather positive view of the United States from their point of view. If some alien craft picked up a signal from earth and watched the Convention on C- Span they certainly would have thought that Donald Trump was a terriffic President with a lot of great supporters who gathered in the White House Garden to celebrate one hell of a President. Did you see all those people sitting there loving this guy, they would say.
Yes Sir, Donald Trump Put on one hell of a Reality Show during the Republican Convention.
Too bad it wasn't Reality.