Epic Republican National Convention (RNC) Media Roundup - Day One and Two
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.
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Highlights from Day One - July 18, 2016 - "Make America Safe Again"
There were several key speakers on day one of the RNC. This included politicians, but also actors and reality tv celebrities. The theme of the night was setting the precedence for what Donald Trump stands for. By now, we all know what that is, and it's driven home by these speakers.
Celebrity Candidate Rounds up the Celebrity Endorsements
Donald Trump's convention opening day was filled with other celebrities or reality tv show stars that had plenty to say about how we can make "America Great Again". There was talk about the enemy Muslims and at one point, questioning, yet again President Obama's religious background and nationality. There was pretty of rhetoric about how we weren't Americans to get "free stuff" and that didn't have to be "politically correct" to make America Great Again.
Celebrities Out in Force for the Celebrity Candidate
The Protests on Day One of the RNC
It wasn't just celebrities out in force for the RNC this year, there were protests both inside and outside. The pictures of the protests from all angles have shown that while there are many supporters of Donald Trump, there are just as many protesters.
Unbound delegates called for a roll call vote and were initially denied. This call to action was to try and change the main rules of the convention. Wanting to unbind delegates from their state among other rules that don't make sense to the normal person. This incited a near revolt from the people calling from the "Stop Trump" campaign for a "roll call vote!" and the Trump supporters chanting "USA, USA, USA!" over the top of them. The rules were ultimately not changed and they were unable to challenge the nomination vote.'
Outside the convention protesters gathered approximately 300 people to a peaceful demonstration. All went according to plan, with only one arrest due to a prior warrant being issued for an unrelated issue. Code Pink is an all woman anti-war organization who came out to protest the nomination of Donald Trump. They were escorted out, along with their counterpart inside with a sign that said "REFUGEES WELCOME" while former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was speaking. It appears all protesters were peaceful, but booted nonetheless from the convention area.
Comedians Take the Stage
Also showing support for Anti-Trump activists was Stephen Colbert who arranged his own "Hungry for Power Games" and dressed up as brother to the famous Hunger Games announcer and reports from the stage of the Republican National Convention, before it starts. Stephen Colbert was escorted out of the convention and heard saying, "I know I'm not supposed to be up here, but let's be honest, neither is Donald Trump."
Twitter Recaps Day One
Aftermath of Day One Speeches Spill into RNC Day Two - July 19, 2016 - "Make America Work Again"
First thing in the morning, on Day two of the RNC Twitter exploded about the speech from Donald Trump's wife Melania in which many people allege that she stole a speech from First Lady Michelle Obama's 2008 speech. This speech was the first time that Melania has really been out front and center for the campaign and was meant to be a keynote speaker and an introduction of herself to the American people.
While in the beginning of the aftermath of accusations, Melania Trump claimed that her speech was not plagiarized and it was indeed all her own words, that she wrote the speech on her own. The Trump campaign has praised the speech and be outwardly vocal about the adamant denial of said plagiarism claims.
The excuses and quotes from key Trump officials changed from denying the claims altogether to having the "writer" of the speech come forward with a formal apology. In the beginning, the campaign manager for the Trump campaign was quoted saying “They’re not words that are unique words” and also attributing the prospective first lady's thoughts to those of her own experiences and taking wisdom from such characters as Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony.
It was determined later in the week on Wednesday by Trump officials that the writer for the speech came forward to be thrown under the bus by the Trump campaign and was not reprimanded in anyway. Meredith McIver, self proclaimed long time friend and admirer of the Trump family, took responsibility for the "mistake" on behalf of Melania Trump and it seems that she was just pulling from some people that Mrs. Trump had admired in her life.
While reports surfaced in the media that McIver had offered her resignation, she was not reprimanded for the mistake and was "forgiven" by Donald Trump himself stating, "people make innocent mistakes and that we learn and grow from these experiences."
Amid the firestorm of social media backlash, McIver was also forced to prove "she existed" creating a Twitter account on Tuesday and fielding several comments with her offended posts on Twitter. She stands by her decision to plagiarize the First Lady and is taking requests for onair live tv interviews and looks like she's soliciting them in some of the Twitter posts.
Chris Christie Laid His Prosecutorial Background on Thick
Governor Chris Christie took the stage on Day two and stated that he was there because he's a friend of Donald Trump for the last 14 years. He pointed out that there was no one better to lead the country as a "strong leader, caring, genuine, decent person." He also made a point by point case some media outlets are saying as judge, jury and executioner against Hillary Clinton. As he mentioned the Mrs. Clinton, the crowded booed profusely and that seemed to stir him to more zeal.
The New York Times did some digging and fact checking against his allegations and found some not so surprising results. In his attempt to show Americans and the Republican Convention Attendees that he should have been picked to be VP for Donald Trump, he laid out a case and then found her guilty on all charges he brought forth.
The crowd was incensed by his antics on stage shouting things like "Lock her up!" and "Guilty" to each of the calls for judgement from Chris Christie. As a result of their fact checking, The New York Times called the Republican attendees selective at best, showing that while the accusations were not altogether false, they did lack the evidence and circumstance behind the allegations brought forth about the Democratic Nominee.
Twitter Reactions to Tiffany Trump Speech
Trump Kids To the Rescue
In an attempt to shift the focus of the American people from Melania Trump, it appears that the kids of Donald Trump are right there rooting for their dad's nomination as a Presidential candidate.
Tiffany Trump, the youngest daughter of Donald Trump, and his only child with his second wife Marla Maples, gave a speech on behalf of her father. She is not as well known as her siblings and it has caused some media outlets to wonder why she was put in the spotlight in the first place. It would appear, given that she's not the only Trump child to give a speech at the RNC, she was there to help support the idea that Donald Trump is a caring family man. She was poised and gracious and while the short speech was not full of many hard hitting points, she did seem genuine in her remarks.
Slate reported that Tiffany's speech helped to show her father as strange and aloof; as she mentioned vague stories about her father in her life; such as the notes on her report card in which she stated "not even focusing on the letter grades themselves." This particular phrase makes some people question Donald's Trump's stance on education that has been glossed over throughout this campaign. As she addresses the convention, she does sound stiff and as if she is reading a story from the teleprompter, making her less genuine. The way in which she delivered the speech did not lend well to her assertion that her father "always helped me to be the best version of myself." Giving stories about how much pride her father took in her accomplishments, going back to Kindergarten.
Next up to the podium from his family was Donald Trump Jr. Though he was less stiff than his sister and delivered a powerful and by most accounts incredible speech, critics in the media were quick to point out he followed up the trend of recycling well known phrases that the candidate's family has been known for this RNC. His faux pas is much less publicized which begs the question of whether or not there is a double standard among men and women in the arena of politics.
However, it appears the original writer of that Soviet department store comparision, George Mason University Law Professor, Frank Buckley is disputing that the line was stolen, thus it must be true. According to Politico Donald Trump Jr. gives the attendees of the convention a look at his father from the angle of an almost rags to riches story; stating “When people told him it was impossible for a boy from Queens to go to Manhattan and take on developers in the big city, rather than give up, he changed the skyline of New York.” Making sure to drive home the part about how his father has “spent his career with regular Americans. He hung out with the guys on construction sites, pouring sheet rock and hanging -- pouring concrete and hanging sheet rock”
Donald Trump Jr was heralded throughout Twitter as the star of the RNC on Day 2, showing that the GOP may be looking at a future leader. He railed against the fancy schools and elitism. According to the Washington Post, Trump Jr, doesn't know a thing about public schools; having gone to a private high school and went onto attend University of Pennsylvania, a private college. This leaves some people questioning how Donald Trump's namesake can possibly know what is happening in public schools when he has no experience with them.
Twitter Followers On Both Sides Weigh In On the Trump Family
Rules for Radicals - Actual Pages
Twitter Weighs In On Ben Carson RNC Speech
Ben Carson Claims Hillary Clinton Follows Lucifer
Another speaker for Day two making headlines is Ben Carson, former Presidential republican hopeful who was outed from the running earlier this year. He likened Hillary Clinton to Lucifer in his speech to the delegates that night. He cited her mentor as Saul Alinsky as someone she greatly admired and affected her philosophy. He says that Saul wrote a book called "Rules for Radicals" in which was, as Mr. Carson alleges, dedicated to Lucifer. However, according to NBC News while the book references Lucifer in the beginning chapters, as an example of the first "radical of sorts" it's actually dedicated to his wife Irene.
Snopes, the familiar website for unbiased research on internet rumors and urban myths, has also debunked Ben Carson's claims. Stating the same as NBC news, that there is mention of Lucifer in the first pages of the book; but that it was not the dedication page, and it was to show an example of the first "radical of man" as a literary analysis. They go on to point out that while Hillary Clinton knew Alinsky and was in fact the subject of her thesis as she wrote about his political beliefs.
They also cited Mrs. Clinton's own memoir from 2003 Living History; in which she delves into her interview with Alinksy. Stating that she agreed with him on some things, "particularly the value of empowering people to help themselves", however she goes on to say that she disagreed with the fundamentals of how he believed the system could be changed. When he offered her a job, she turned him down, instead pursuing a law degree - which according to the memoir he was "disappointed" and told her it was a waste of time. All of which, would not lead someone to believe that Hillary was a lovesick puppy for Saul Alinky, but instead, found him to be a compelling person to interview.
Upon further research into this claims, I found that MMFA also debunked this when it was an allegation from Glenn Beck in 2009 about President Obama. So the name of the game thus far for this RNC is recycling old rhetoric that's already been debunked or used by someone else. In their article, they show the dedication page and it is clearly dedicated to those who helped put the book together and also to "Irene" who they presume is Alinsky's wife. Lucifer is mentioned in the page of quotes in the beginning of the book. Like the rest of the sources I have found, it was made clear that this was an homage only to the "first radical" known to man, but was not mentioned anywhere else in the book or by any other name (Satan, etc).
Chris Hardwick Got In On The Action
No stranger to using politics in comedy, @midnight's Chris Hardwick called for the nightly #hashtagwars wherein the comedians on the show came up with all sorts of things that are #overheardatrnc. When the hashtag wars was completed on the show, he called to Twitter followers to come up with as many of their own hashtags and boy did they rise to the challenge.
My Favorite @midnight's #Hashtagwars Tweets
By the end of Day Two
Love him or hate him; whether you want to help build a wall or move to another country; the Republican candidate for president in 2016 will be Donald Trump. Since he has received his formal nomination, the media on all platforms are in a tizzy and Twitter is buzzing with lots of opinions for or against this.
So if you are like a lot of Americans who were waiting for the train to crash and burn; the Donald Trump railway is full speed ahead and doesn't seem to be slowing down.
I had intended to cover all four days of the convention in on Hub. However, with so much to talk about, analyze, and be offended by; it will have to be two separate Hubs. You can continue the train wreck with the second part of my round-up of the Republican National Convention that will cover Days 3 and 4.
Don't worry, I plan on covering a round up of the DNC 2016 as well.