DONALD Trump Jr made his mark on the Republican National Committee on Monday as he took to the stage to lash out at his father’s opponent Joe Biden, likening the Democratic presidential nominee to the “loch ness monster”.
“‘Joe Biden is basically the Loch Ness Monster of the Swamp,” Trump Jr said. “For the past half-century, he’s been lurking around in there. He sticks his head up every now and then to run for President, then he disappears and doesn’t do much in between,’ Trump Jr. said.
Donald Trump Jr., speaks as he tapes his speech for the first day of the Republican National Convention[/caption]
Trump Jr also tackled his father’s coronavirus response, and the Democrats’ criticism of it.
“Joe Biden and his Democrat allies called my father a racist and xenophobe for doing it,” he said.
“They put political correctness ahead of the safety and security of the American people.”
Another speech which made waves at the committee was that of couple Mark and Patty McCloskey, who became internet famous for brandishing a gun at Black Lives Matter protesters in St Louis.
Mark and Patty McCloskey[/caption]
The St Louis pair said they were protecting their home[/caption]
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks on the fourth night of the Democratic National Conventio[/caption]
Biden will bring “lawlessness” to America’s suburbs, Patty said, speaking at the virtual Republican National Convention.
“They want to abolish the suburbs altogether by ending single-family home zoning,” Patty said on Monday.
“These are the policies that are coming to a neighborhood near you. Your family will not be safe in the radical Democrats America.”
She added the Democrat’s proposals “would bring crime, lawlessness and low-quality apartments into thriving suburban neighborhoods”.
Her husband Mark continued the rhetoric.
“At this moment in history, if you stand up for yourself and for the values our country was founded on, the mob–spurred on by their allies in the media–will try to destroy you,” Mark added.
US President Donald J. Trump (L) and Vice President Mike Pence (R) greet the Republican National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina[/caption]
Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention[/caption]
Patty then warned those watching the RNC that what happened to them “could just as easily happen to any of you who are watching from quiet neighborhoods around our country”.
The McCloskeys have always claimed they were protecting themselves from protesters marching on their private street after they were charged with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon.
The couple, both personal injury attorneys, said they feared the crowd was going to kill them and burn down their home.
They compared their house being burned down to the “storming of the Bastille.”
The incident caught the attention of Trump, who accused the prosecutor that charged the couple with felony unlawful use of a weapon of using “an extreme abuse of power.“
Two of the Republican Party’s rising stars, both people of color, offered an optimistic view of President Donald Trump’s leadership on Monday night, closing the opening night of the GOP’s scaled-back convention with a positive message.
While other Republicans predicted a national horror movie should Trump lose in November, Sen. Tim Scott and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley tried to welcome new voters to the party to help broaden Trump’s appeal beyond his hard-core base.
“I was a brown girl in a black and white world,” Haley said, noting that she faced discrimination but rejecting the idea that America is a racist country. She also gave a nod to the Black Lives Matter movement, saying “of course we know that every single Black life is valuable”.
And Scott, the Republican Party’s only Black senator, leveled the kind of personal attack against Joe Biden that Trump and his white allies could not.
“Joe Biden said if a Black man didn’t vote for him, he wasn’t truly Black. Joe Biden said Black people are a monolithic community,” Scott charged.
He acknowledged that African Americans have sometimes been victimized by police brutality, but later said: “The truth is, our nations arc always bends back toward fairness. We are not fully where we want to be … but thank God we are not where we used to be.”
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Yet efforts to strike an optimistic tone were overshadowed by talk that Biden would destroy America, allowing communities to be overrun by violence.
Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida likened the prospect of Bidens election to a horror movie.
“They’ll disarm you, empty the prisons, lock you in your home, and invite MS-13 to live next door,” Gaetz declared.