“I have a sense of this man, I have sense of his heart. I have a sense of his hands-on leadership, and for all the world he reminds me of Ronald Reagan,” Pence said, adding that like Reagan “he had achieved great heights in his career but never lost touch with everyday Americans.”
The controversy over what was otherwise a well-received testimonial by Mrs. Trump to her husband’s character came at an ill-timed moment. Barring a last-minute jolt to the proceedings, the New York businessman was hours away from a roll call vote to make official something the political establishment once deemed impossible.
Trump is counting on the fact that some may not remember what 1968 was actually like — cities set afire, police riots, assassinations, Vietnam, protesters filling the streets — and just figure that today is, well, close enough.
Convention speakers highlighted at length the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, while Clinton was serving as secretary of state. The mother of one of the victims choked back tears as she personally blamed Clinton for her son’s death and accused her of giving a false explanation for the attack.
“I have never in all my life, in six years in the Senate, seen anything like this,” said Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a delegate. “There’s no precedent for this in parliamentary procedure. Somebody owes us an explanation.”
Referring to Hillary Clinton, Glenn said, “We all know she loves her pantsuits … but we should send her an email and tell her that she deserves a bright orange jumpsuit.”
“We want America to understand who Donald Trump the man is, not just Donald Trump the candidate,” said campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
More than any other candidate in this election, Trump has latched onto the public’s fears. He promises to “Make America Great Again,” pledging to bring back manufacturing and mining jobs from areas where they’ve disappeared. With coded — and sometimes not so coded — language, he’s cast aspersions on immigrants seeking to come to the United States and on Muslims already here.
WASHINGTON | The Republican Party consummates its love-hate relationship with Donald Trump at its national convention this week in Cleveland. Don’t expect the typical four-day love fest. The presumptive nominee is unpredictable and prone to veer off-message. Plenty of party faithful arrive carrying reservations about the nominee along with their luggage. There are #NeverTrump-ers still hoping […]