Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So DCR will be covering the Republican National Convention providing you guys with the highlights and moments of the convention courtesy of the Washington Post.
U.S president Donald Trump is accepting the nomination of president in the Republican party as well as VP Mike Pence accepting the nomination as well.
1. China is the problem.
Trump led the charge on the first day of the Republican National Convention, delivering his remarks from Charlotte, but also appearing in videos previously taped at the White House. He referred repeatedly to the “China virus,” his name for the virus that causes covid-19, even when it had nothing to do with the subject at hand.
“We could call it many things, the China virus,” Trump said. “I don’t want to say all the names because some people might get insulted. But that’s the way it is.”
Donald Trump Jr. went several steps further than his father in using China to both deflect blame for the pandemic and attack Trump’s Democratic opponent, Joe Biden. The younger Trump said the coronavirus struck the United States “courtesy of the Chinese Communist Party” and referred to a recent statement by a senior U.S. intelligence official that the Chinese leadership does not want Trump to be reelected because he is so unpredictable.
Many other officials touted Trump as “tough” on China and blamed Beijing for the pandemic. But they notably didn’t bother to go into any specifics, such as whether Trump’s trade war achieved its goals or what exactly the Chinese Communist Party did that caused the pandemic to be worse than necessary.
The effort to paint Biden and his party as weak on China similarly wasn’t presented with many concrete examples. Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, declared that Biden is “great for Communist China,” while Trump is “tough on China.” Campaign adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle said Democrats “will selfishly send your jobs back to China while they get rich.” Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee, said, “Nice guys like Joe cared more about countries like China and Iran than the United States of America.”
2. Donald Trump. The EMPATHIZER.
The tributes to Trump for his leadership and policies were standard partisan fare. But Republicans also tried to show a side of the president that is rarely on display namely, empathy.
“There’s only one person who has empathized with everyday Americans and actually been fighting for them over the past four years, and that is President Donald Trump,” said RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
Herschel Walker, the former football player, countered assertions that Trump is racist. Walker said he would not abide a racist. “Some people don’t like his style,” he said, adding: “People on opposing teams didn’t like it when I ran right over them either. But that’s how you get the job done.”
The comments appeared to be an attempt to mitigate the effect Trump’s rhetoric and behavior have had on his support among moderate voters, suburban women and older voters.
Rep. Jim Jordan, one of Trump’s most bombastic backers, testified to Trump’s “intensity and his willingness to fight. But what I also appreciate is something most Americans never see how much he truly cares about people.” He spoke of how Trump consoled his family after the death of his nephew.
3. Virus in remission.
For nearly six months, the coronavirus pandemic has upended every aspect of American society and scuttled the type of campaign full of packed rallies and combustible issues that Trump wanted to steer.
But the lineup and themes of the convention beginning Monday made mentions of the COVID-19 pandemic only in the context of what were portrayed of Trump’s successes, with scant attention to the more than 175,000 Americans who have died, or the fact that Americans overwhelmingly give the president low marks for his handling of the crisis.
Trump made an appearance at the White House with everyday Americans, without recommended social distancing and with no one wearing a mask.
The setting of the program is meant as a rebuke to the virus. While the Democrats held a virtual convention out of respect for social distancing and public health guidelines, the president has insisted on the trappings of a convention, including in person, live speeches and a crowd of up to 1,000 people on the White House South Lawn to hear his acceptance speech Thursday night.