July 23, 2016 Leave a comment
With the convention ended, Donald Trump claims that the convention was the best ever convention and the party unified with no violence. I guess he didn’t see what happened outside or those who were against him who tried to force a roll call [among other things]. And he forgot that no living former Republican Presidents and nominees were at the convention. It was the longest speech in convention history at 75 minutes.
He has already stated that he will push more “law and order” in the US. Trump also declared that “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.” Uh huh. He claimed crime and illegal immigration have gone up when they didn’t. He didn’t explain how he’ll fix the crime issue [maybe other than deporting illegal immigrants]. The “law and order” phrase has been used by [just about] every GOP nominee since 1968.
According to one site, 70% of the 25 claims by Trump in his speech were false.
Trumps claim that the number of police officers who died in duty has jumped 50% compared to this time last year. More like 8% according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Intentional shootings are up about 75% [but that wasn’t his claim].
“My opponent has called for a radical 550 per cent increase in Syrian (refugees). … She proposes this despite the fact that there’s no way to screen these refugees…” No facts about the increase. Refugees are screened by Homeland Security with less coming from Syria.
“America is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world.” But the U.S. tax burden is actually the fourth lowest among the 34 developed and large emerging-market economies.
“My opponent wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment” but has not proposed any revocation of the constitutionally protected right to bear arms. She does support a ban on certain military-style weapons.
“Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens,” Trump said in his speech.
So the plagiarism speech trumped everything else in the first night of the GOP convention. How could you not say that in both speeches “….you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say …” [exactly the same] and Paul Manafort [Trump’s campaign manager] says “What she did was use words that are common words.” Common words? Common yes, but not when about 18 words in a row are identical.
Christie isn’t too smart. 93% of the speech is different. Doesn’t know how he came up with that [sounds like something Trump would do] and technically admitting that 7% is the same.
The Donald got into the act as well by tweeting something regarding his wife’s [plagiarized] speech. Someone compared that to the tweet Barak Obama did after Michelle’s speech 8 years ago and even they resemble each other!
Trump claims his wife’s speech is the most popular speech ever. Uh huh. More popular than Martin Luther King’s “I had a dream” or from the numerous quotations from previous presidents including Ronald Reagan’s “Tear down that wall”.
RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer says Melania Trump’s speech was not plagiarized, claiming similar phrases appear in many popular songs and the television show “My Little Pony.”
Sort of admitting there was a problem with Melania Trump’s speech, Donald Trump Jr. told reporters he was proud of Mrs. Trump’s speech but people in the campaign “should have cleaned it up better.”
“The Daily Show” pointed out two sentences in Donald Trump Jr.’s speech that appeared essentially verbatim in a May column by conservative writer Frank Buckley in “The American Conservative.” But Buckley said “I was a principal speechwriter for the speech. So it’s not an issue.” [So Buckley either has little new to say or likes to recycle his material.]
Tuesday night, Donald Trump’s spokesman tweeted that the campaign saw no issue with the speech and blamed the Hillary Clinton team for raising the accusations — although there was no evidence to link Clinton to the controversy.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said he “probably” would have fired his own speechwriters under similar circumstances.
A couple days after Melania Trump’s speech, Melania’s speech writer Meredith McIver claimed that Melania admired Michelle Obama. Melania read some of Michelle’s speech and McIver used it in Melania’s speech without checking. She offered to resign and Donald Trump said no. I am wondering if some of the Republicans could have called it some type of Democratic Party plot because McIver is a registered Democrat.
Ted Cruz was not expected to offer a full-throated endorsement in his speech at the convention, nor to rock the boat too much, given that his remarks were being vetted by Trump’s people. Censorship? And he didn’t. He never endorsed Trump during his speech and was booed when he left the stage. Meanwhile, he had set up a stage earlier in the day to start getting support going for 2020 – so I guess he doesn’t expect Trump to win in November.
Trump‘s top adviser Paul Manafort saying Cruz “used very bad judgment” and was “not respectful to the invitation by the convention to come and speak.” Hmmm. They knew his stance before the convention. Cruz told Trump two days prior to the convention. Do the GOP force everyone in the party to indorse the candidate? Sounds more like some far right position than a democracy. In addition, if Trump didn’t go after Cruz, his father and his wife so hard during the primaries, maybe he would of reluctantly endorse Trump. Trump said later on Twitter that Cruz’s lack of an endorsement was “no big deal!” But the day after the convention he complained about Cruz again.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said “Donald Trump won our party’s nomination because he is willing to tell the truth about the things that matter most.” Well, when did Trump say anything truthful?
Some big political names did not attending the Republican convention in Cleveland. They include the last two Republican presidents [both Bushes], Mitt Romney and John McCain. Neither are friends Tom, baseball’s Bobby Knight and boxing promoter Don King. He has included 2 of 3 VP nominees, a few of the nominees he was competing against and a bunch of celebrities [nobody really huge]. Fractured party?
A bit ridiculous that you can have a vote on a proposal just by yelling out yay or nay. When surely one side has no chance, one will drown out the other but when the two are close enough, it is not accurate. I can see some lawyers rubbing their hands.
Trump declined to speak at a conference to the NAACP citing the conference is the same weekend as the Republican convention in Cleveland while the NAACP conference is not that far away in Cincinnati.