[The GOP’s official live stream on YouTube; another good live stream is CSPAN’s if the YouTube one goes down.]
WHAT: Day Four (Finale) of the GOP’s 2016 convention in Cleveland
WHERE: Live streamed on YouTube and CSPAN
WHY: Recapping and taking real time notes for you, because we are friends like this
WHEN: 6pm CST on 7/21/16
1. Today’s the last day of the GOP convention in Cleveland. This will be a real time note-taking and commentary on what I see on the live stream feed. Let me know in comments or on the Twitters or otherwise via that series of pipes and tubes that is the Interwebs if you enjoy these and would like to see me do them for the entire Democrat Convention in Philly as well. If you’d like to read them instead of watching that Convention, I don’t mind doing it for you, because we are friends like that.
2. Earlier today, I wondered openly about what Ted Cruz’s weird secret could be…based on the fact that I’ve always found him to be off-putting and had an air about him that SOMETHING wasn’t right. There was a movie in the 1990s (that I saw at Tower City Cinemas in Cleveland, which is fitting) called Mimic, about cockroach monsters (called, The Judas Breed) that could mimic a human from a distance and look like a guy standing there in a trench coat to trick someone into getting close enough for the bug to eat. The movie was creepy because you could tell there was SOMETHING wrong with the guy on the train platform standing there, even if you could not figure out he was a giant cockroach Judas Breed monster until it was too late. Clearly, Ted Cruz is not a cockroach monster (I don’t think), but he’s hiding something and he creeps me out. Richard Viguerie said some things today at Conservative HQ that echoed a few observations that friends of mine made in comments on my earlier article about Cruz’s dark hidden secret. What if his secret is that all of this Bible and religious stuff is just an act for him and that he truly believes none of it? It’s just stuff he says because he sees an opportunity to exploit that evangelical base for support. Viguerie’s article is worth reading. He says that what Cruz did last night shows he does not truly live up to the Bible standards that he claims to be all about. Now, if Viguerie is correct then that jives pretty well with people who say Cruz’s deep dark secret (that so many of us pick up on) might just be simple as the fact that when he’s standing there giving his speeches and delivering his performances, the thing he’s hiding is the fact that he doesn’t believe any of what he’s saying. The theory is that he is really not religious, that he thinks evangelicals are chumps for buying what he’s selling, and that he’s a snake in the grass making fools of everyone. If you approach all this with the operating theory that Cruz is hiding a secret…and the secret is that he is NOT the religious person he says he is…then look how neatly Viguerie’s article falls right into place. It all makes sense. Or maybe he’s a cockroach monster. Donald Trump is about to become President of the United States in real life and not just in a Sharknado movie, so anything is possible.
3. If you missed the earlier recaps of the first days of the GOP convention, I have them archived here for you. If you would like to read them, I will try my best to do recaps of all the Democrat convention days and the debates and other big events as well, if I’m able to be near a computer to live stream them. What’s really interesting for me when I watch the commentary-free live footage is what happens when I later read what the Media chooses to say about events that I watched LIVE. If you only get your news from the Media, it is very much what Laura Ingraham said last night: it’s just like watching Baghdad Bob in Iraq telling lies. Reporters are so shameless. They have no interest in telling the truth and twist things for their own narrative. People who believe what the tee-vee says or who trust newspapers are not getting the real story. And if people don’t have time to seek out the actual footage and watch for themselves, they are screwed. It’s still hard to believe how truly biased the Media is and how much reporters lie.
4. Tonight’s line-up of speakers on the last day in Cleveland:
Just a random thing to note, but last night (7/20/16), Twitter started being flooded with references to Helen Thomas dying. It looks like Soledad O’Brien started this by retweeting some things and people thought she was reporting that Helen Thomas died yesterday. In reality, this particular monster was called back to Hell three years ago. Every once in a while, social media believes that someone who has been dead for years has died again, since people are so stupid (especially those who work in Media like our Soledad). No opportunity should ever pass without noting what a truly despicable person Helen Thomas was while she was alive…and how heinous it was that this repugnant monster was given such deference in Washington by so many presidential administrations. She was a hideous and unapologetic antisemite who wanted to see Israel destroyed. She used her position in White House press conferences (where a sick tradition of calling on her first kept her seated in the front row, instead of in a burning garbage can down by the river where she belonged) to push her agenda to advance the destruction of Israel. Like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at some point just before her retirement she stopped caring about her mask and let her vile true face show. It was caught on camera, thankfully, in all its loathsomeness. Helen Thomas will always represent everything that is wrong with the Media and politics in this country. She is a cautionary tale against allowing any reporter to ever again have the entitlement that this monster was given in the White House press corps. Dan Kennedy’s “Good Riddance to a Garden-Variety Antisemite” remains a must-read obituary for her “career.”
Charles Krauthammer had some interesting things to say about Ted Cruz. I would like to get to a point where I don’t have to hear about Ted Cruz every day. My boyfriend Justin got really worked up over the primaries this year. Starting in January, Justin made himself sick and drove me up the wall with the daily “Ted Cruz is Plotting Something!” obsession. Justin wanted Trump to win the nomination, and every day he’d read some weird new conspiracy theory about what Cruz was going to do to “steal the nomination!” And every day, I would tell Justin that whatever he was reading online was crazy and that Trump would be the nominee if Trump was actually serious about being the nominee and this all wasn’t just some big goof he was doing. Until the day that Cruz actually conceded, I did wonder if Trump wasn’t just playing some sort of practical joke on everyone and running for President was just something he was doing for the fun of it, intending to drop out at some point and claim he had to take care of his business or whatever. I felt this way because he seemed to play that game in 2012 so I didn’t take him seriously in 2016. I wonder if he had second thoughts about going up against Obama and defeating him, knowing that defeating the first black president and getting in the way of his second term would have haunted anyone who defeated Obama. That’s the working theory on why Romney just gave up and let Obama have two terms. No one wanted to be called a racist “who took the White House away from a black man.” But, once Trump proved he was serious…and Cruz dropped out…Justin just kept going with the conspiracies. He reads these things somewhere, I don’t know where, and they are all centered around Ted Cruz being some sort of Machiavellian genius who had a thousand and one plots to steal the nomination from Trump in the dead of night, with Justin fully expecting to wake up one day and see a Drudge headline declaring CRUZ DID IT! JUSTIN, YOU WERE RIGHT!
I just can’t even. One of the big problems in our relationship is that Justin needs to be with someone who enjoys conspiracies as much as he does. He’s excited by them and enjoys feeling like he’s on the inside of something big and important, because he’s one of the few people who has read the website that has figured it all out and knows what Ted Cruz is plotting next. I have too much to do in a day to find conspiracies compelling, exciting, or in any way interesting. Megan and I are working on our second book. We’re also investigating several other local public bodies for violations of the Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act and we’re poring over the spending records of several other entities and putting together an expose of all sorts of nepotism, travel account abuse, and pay-to-play/no-bid contract shenanigans. Being obsessed with Ted Cruz and what people on the Internet swore he was up to was just not something that ever interested me. Poor Justin. I can imagine it sucks big time to have this burning desire to share Ted Cruz conspiracy theories with others, but not have a boyfriend who wants to listen or has the energy to hear about Ted Cruz every day.
I would love if after this week I never heard anything about Ted Cruz again…except how he lost his primary race in 2018 and how he was leaving politics and disappearing from the national scene. That would make me very happy.
610pm CST = the GOP live stream starts up. The last night of the Convention in Cleveland. I hope you enjoyed seeing my hometown on the national stage. I think Clevelanders did a wonderful job welcoming everyone and the Cleveland Police in particular did a great job taking care of safety and security. I think it’s sad that some of the snobbier media figures and big cheeses didn’t enjoy being in a city that’s not as rich as New York or Chicago, but everyone else seemed to have a nice time in Cleveland. I hope many of you who watched the convention will consider going to Cleveland some day in the future for a weekend or vacation. I am so proud to have been born and raised in Cleveland and to always have it as my hometown. Being from somewhere, one place, and not having moved around from place to place…I’m so lucky to have those roots. And what a place to be rooted! I count highly amongst my blessings being a son of Cleveland. I hope every day to achieve something at some point in life to make my hometown proud of me, as I am every day of it.
I wonder what kind of music the DNC will have in Philly. The Republican conventioneers like hearing music from before I was born, mostly. The band doesn’t seem to play anything before the mid-70s. Will the Democrats have more modern music? Like the 80s or 90s at least? Because most entertainment figures are rabid Leftists, they’r probably have all the current hits. This is something that Republicans need to address at some point…because it’s a defeat in the Culture War. Anything relevant and “now” gets lumped in with Democrats and it shouldn’t be. At some point, we need to take back what is “cool” and “hip.” We need to make what Democrats have seem “stale” and “old.” How we do that, I don’t know. But right now the RNC is playing “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. And it’s just wide shots of white-haired people swinging badly back and forth kind-of in relation to the music.
Dellow felegates, cats and dogs of all ages, Presbyterians and platypuses, please take your seats…the fun is about to start. Chairman Reince Preibus comes out. Boy, that name. What was the SECOND CHOICE his parents had for him? Algernon Algonquin Preibus? J.K. Rowling would have written a name like that for a Slytherin House member (which, in fairness, would have been my Hogwarts house too if I had gone to imaginary school abroad and not in a Catholic school in Cleveland’s suburbs). A small Hispanic child with giant bows in her hair that make it look like she’s Minnie Mouse cosplaying is now scream-singing into a microphone, at times trying to pretend she is Aretha Franklin. It is what it is. She’s five, which means no one is allowed to say it’s not the best thing they ever heard.
Colors presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars. Some guy named Tony Perkins, but not the actor Tony Perkins who is dead, gives the Pledge of Allegiance. Scott Brown’s daughter Ayla sings national anthem. She does a great job.
I’m actually sad this is the last night. I’ve had fun doing these recaps this week. Boy, I am not looking forward to doing the Democrat recaps. That’s going to be a nightmare. I already dread having to hear about social justice and abortion and income redistribution and all the other awful things that Democrats will harp about when grievance-mongering and value-signaling for four straight days.
Tony Perkins (whoever he is) comes out again and says he will be voting for Trump. He talks about when Congress added “under God” to the Pledge. He says that Congress did that because people felt threatened by nuclear attacks. President Eisenhower knew where to put the public’s trust, UNDER GOD. Pointed back to Lincoln at Gettysburg…under God people shall know a new birth of freedom. 1863. 1954. 2016. All under God. Our freedoms under steady assault. We must stop the government from trying to remove Under God from public life in America. Donald Trump has committed to upholding and protecting the First Freedom and therefore our ability as citizens to unite our nation once again under God. Let us go forth and do that work. This may have been said because of Ted Cruz’s weirdness yesterday.
Video plays about Trump. People proud to work for him in Trump organization. Trump sees within you what your strengths are and then encourages and develops those in you. Match talent and person with right job. People want to measure up to his expectations. He thinks big. Negotiates tough. Attacks a challenge. Comes in ahead of schedule and under budget. Wakes up and loves what he does and works harder than anyone. Demanding. Incisive. Strategic. High expectations. You are what you deliver, not what you promise.
SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO (not scheduled to speak, but surprise speaker): His mission is to elect Trump. Need strong leader who will stand up for America and interests of her citizens. Only country in world that puts rights of aliens over protecting own country. Nation without borders and without laws is no nation at all. Now more than ever we must have respect for the police. 35 years in law enforcement. Dangers of illegal immigration and drugs. Terrorists are coming over border, infiltrating, penetrating weak border system. Trump is leader. He produces results. Only candidate for president ready to get tough to protect Americans. Fought on front lines against illegal immigration. Must secure border. Trump will build the wall. BUILD THAT WALL, BUILD THAT WALL, BUILD THAT WALL. Restore law and order and keep drugs and illegals from entering our country. Says Trump was always kind to his wife and to others. That’s just who Trump is. He’s kind and thoughtful man. Elect leader who will stand up for America and protect our border. Support law enforcement and military. Unite our country. Let’s elect Donald Trump. THANK YOU!
PASTOR MARK BURNS: From South Carolina. Must come together to defeat Hillary Clinton and race baiting Democrats. Need to stop Democrats from focusing on colors that divide us and not the colors that unite us. She is afraid because she knows that together we will never allow Hillary Clinton to become president of the United States. Never, ever, never. Shall never will she ever set foot in White House as president. Under Donald Trump, all lives matter. ALL LIVES MATTER. ALL LIVES. ALL LIVES. ALL LIVES. That means, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Christian lives….all lives matter. ALL LIVES. Even though I disagree with the tactics and divisiveness of Black Lives Matter I do understand hopelessness and lack of opportunity. I know what breeds desperation. This is true in many ghettos and underprivileged communities. Protests are born out of desperation. Way to solve problem and eliminate desperation is to create good jobs. Urban revitalization and opportunities. Job training. Long term solutions. Will solve our problem in our troubled cities. We are declaring right now today that we are determined more than ever to listen to cries of low income, at risk communities, we will solve the problems together TOGETHER, TOGETHER, TOGETHER. I really love this guy. He is a great preacher. He really brought church to the convention. He had the spirit in him for sure tonight.
5. Fran Tarkenton (some kind of sportsball player). Now they are back on the schedule posted to CSPAN. Fran is a man, not a woman. He is a man named Fran, not a boy called Sue. He’s talking about football and the Packers. The only thing I know about football and the Packers is that they have the most obviously gay quarterback ever in Aaron Rodgers, but I don’t know why he won’t just come out. If he came out, it would be the greatest thing to ever happen with him. Just all the gay football players come out all at once on the same day. Baseball too. Just all do it all at once. Be brave. Be honest. Be yourselves and stop pretending! Fran is now talking about how our nation is stuck on fear setting. Back when Fran was playing football, he had to work an off season job (pay was only $12,000/year). Small business America is heart and should of country. 40% of startups are started by blacks, hispanics, asians. 1/3 of small businesses started by immigrants, 40% by women. Government policies kill small businesses, especially in last 8 years. What the hell is going on here. Imagine with Donald Trump as president. 27 million job creating operations set free from regulations. Comes down to leadership. A leader gets stuff done. Has known Donald Trump for 48 years. He gets stuff done. He’s a builder. He understands that teams win. Individuals don’t. Builds great teams. Proven leader. Team builder. He knows how to get the best out of people, be a team mate. He succeeds wildly. He fails because we all fail but he gets back up and never quits. He can provide leadership to help us all make America great again. Make it great for everyone. Let’s go. Let’s go win this game together. TOGETHER! Let’s go make America great again!
6. Brock Mealer, motivational speaker. Was injured in car crash. Father and brother’s girlfriend died. He had faith in Jesus Christ that he would walk again. Had 1% chance of walking again. Blessed him wth fighting chance. Graduated from Ohio State University. So many blessings. God makes all things work for the good. Trump was told that he had a 1% chance of winning the nomination for president. We need to unite behind Trump. Make America one again.
VIDEO from Bobby Knight. Says he is Team Trump and you should be too.
7. Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee) from Congress. Make American One Again. Unify! Enough bloated budgets. Enough division. Enough nonsense and rhetoric. Enough of seeing everything go down. Enough taxes. American people have had it. They are ready for change! Ready for someone to take reins and bring us together! Donald Trump can get it done. Come in ahead of schedule and under budget. Trump has built things that last. Leader that knows our country is full of more than just assets. It is full of citizens who want leader who inspires. Leadership is hard fought. Not subject line in an email. Join Blackburn in electing Trump president. Has skills required to lead diverse nation. Help people achieve greatness. Believes in American dream. He has lived the American dream. Desire for greatness is not new. President Lincoln stood in Cleveland 155 years ago with call to bind together or perish apart. If all do not join now to save good ship of Union no one will ever have chance to pilot her on another voyage. We are in desperate need of true leadership and unity. Last 8 years a challenge to national and household budgets. Sacred honor to protect Constitution and protect us. Trump learns lessons, solves problems, delivers results. He worked in real world. Knows about cumbersome regulations and rules getting in way of greatness. Leadership is not as it appears but how it performs. Looks at mundane and sees magnificence. That is the magic of this country. Every day people with big ideas and big dreams can change the world. I’m not getting much worthwhile out of this speech…it’s just generic convention stuff. Could be anyone delivering this, at any convention. Blackburn seems like a nice lady and everything, but not sure the point of this. Unless it’s just that she looks like Hillary kind of, but speaks better. Is that why they picked so many blonde women for speaking slots? To create a negative comparison for Hillary?
8. Governor Mary Fallin (Oklahoma) I have a friend in Oklahoma who knows Gov Fallin. She’s a kind, considerate, and compassionate person who treats people really well. She’s a good and decent soul that someone I love vouches for. Fallin’s mom was the Mayor of Tecumseh, Oklahoma. Falling became first female Governor of Oklahoma. Says there was optimism back in the day. Talks about black Oklahomans who are heroes. From civil rights era. Says America has never been a perfect place but we were always united in belief that better days were ahead. We are losing sense of unity and optimism. We cannot allow hopelessness to become the new normal. People long for American dream. I really like Governor Fallin, but again this is a generic speech. Nothing but what is usually said at these conventions. Since she’s another blonde woman, I wonder if the purpose of this is just to have an image of a blonde woman talking because Hillary won’t be able to speak as well. So, are they trying to fill the scenes of the convention with blonde women just so that Hillary gets lost in the crowd of them?
9. Lisa Shin — Koreans for Trump. Optometrist. I like her. She is a good speaker. She reminds me of a professor I had named Dr. Chae in school. She came from South Korea 40 years ago. Her parents were immigrants who learned English, assimilated, and joined melting pot. Swore oath to support and defend Constitution. Parents endured countless hardships. To do and to be the unimaginable. Hillary Clinton is direct threat to American dream. Her proposals would be devastating to country. She has dangerous ideology. She lies all the time. She is everything wrong with the system. Deceit. Cronyism. Total lack of accountability. Extreme carelessness. She compromised safety and security. She flouted the rule of law. She overwhelmingly lost the trust of the American people. She is not qualified to be president because she lies so much and should not be commander in chief. Only one presidential candidate who will preserve American dream. Only one who will ensure prosperous and safe/secure future. Only one candidate who will defend core principles. TRUMP!
10. OUT OF ORDER (not speaking during scheduled slot, spoke earlier…looks like CSPAN’s schedule of speakers is not accurate). Jerry Fallwell Jr., says his father offered prayer years ago. Now he is offering prayer to help Trump win. Has lived in Virigina since 1600s. His wife is descendant of Washington. Knows where Thomas Jefferson’s summer home is. Life, liberty, pursuit of happiness. God given rights. Nation of citizen legislatures. Surveyors, architects, ministers, farmers, actors, people who were in private sector before government. Trump created jobs for thousands. He is the visionary of our time. Talks about taking Liberty University back to financial health. Trump will do the same thing for country. Trump family is genuine and loving. Trump is America’s Blue Collar Billionaire. Down to earth. Loves America. True patriot. Champion of common man. Repeal IRS rules from 1954 from churches expressing free speech. IRS turns blind eyes towards Leftwing ideology. Democrat vote indoctrination camps. Repeal of Johnson amendment will be huge revolution for free speech. We are at a crossroads. Must save the nation. Unite behind Donald Trump and Mike Pence. If you are conservative and you vote for third party or not vote, you are helping Hillary Clinton. If she is allowed to appoint SCOTUS justices that could be a fatal blow to our Republic. A vote for Trump is vote for right to bear arms. Stop Iran and stop destruction of Israel. Appoint pro-life justices to SCOTUS. his father had dreamed about Chelsea Clinton interviewing him: three great threats are Osama, Obama, and your Momma. Osama gone. Obama has 6 months left. And only way to make America great again is to tell Chelsea’s momma that she is fired. Only way to do that is to elect Donald Trump as President and Mike Pence as Vice President.
— There was a big part here where they played music for a while and then they played a video. The video was about 2014 elections and the freshmen senators who won that year. —
Reince Preibus comes out and thanks Cleveland for hospitality. He thanks his wife and kids. Says Republican party carries torch of liberty. He does the shouting into the microphone thing that Scott Walker did yesterday. Why can’t someone tell these guys not to shout into microphones? He’s delivering a generic party convention speech. Shouting it the whole time. This is good opportunity for me to make a snack and take a break while I wait for the really good speakers. Preibus is very dull. Maybe that’s why he shouts. He’s a generic Republican, boring person. This is the kind of person that people don’t want to come out and vote for. He lowers the excitement in a room because all he says is generic things and just shouts. It’s really lame. Trump needs to fire him and hire a good person to run RNC.
11. Peter Thiel, the man who took down Gawker, founder of PayPal. He’s someone I really wanted to hear from. I hope he uses his money to fund other projects, like something to go after all the Media lies. Need a new network that tells the truth and doesn’t report lies all the time. His name is pronounced TEEL. Talks about working in Silicone Valley. Small island of prosperity. He’s really handsome. And I am not just saying that because he is a billionaire. His parents were immigrants and came to Cleveland! He was 1 year old, became American in Cleveland. I didn’t know that. His dad went to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1970s. That’s so awesome he lived in Cleveland. He’s talking about how the US used to be a leader in exploration etc. Hillary’s incompetence pushed for wars that setup training ground for ISIS. Time to end era of stupid wars and rebuild country. When he was a kid, it was about how to defeat Soviets. Now the big debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. WHO CARES. Every American has a unique identity. Proud to be gay. Proud to be Republican. Proud to be American. Fake culture wars only distract us from economic decline. Trump is only one being honest about it. He is from Cleveland and bright future it promised. Lead us back to bright future. Then there was video narrated by Don Jr. about Trump construction projects.
12. Tom Barrack, CEO Colony Capital. Says he feels like an anchovy appetizer before Ivanka comes out to speak. He’s the deceased at the Irish wake, needs to be there to get things started but no one expects him to say much. Son of Lebanese grocer from California. THIS GUY IS GREAT SPEAKER. Talks about Donald as a person. Who is he? What is he made of? He talks about how fantastic Donald’s kids are. Litmus test of any parent is the children. Learn how to be a man by watching father. Tells personal stories about Trump. He’s a great speaker because he speaks extemporaneously, not teleprompter. First story, about Trump going to a fight, Tyson/Holmes. Man told Trump his son was ill. Trump wrote nice note to the boy. Has presence to focus on the littlest guy in the shop. Second story, Fred Trump funeral. Donald’s father. Wanted to leave legacy of Trump name better than how he found it. Globalism has crumbled…needs jeweler to polish and restore. Put everything back together into necklace of prosperity and tolerance. Businessman, celebrity, father, president. Like Michener tale. United in one voice, make it happen. Make him president. Then there is more music from the band. And John Voigt has a narration of a movie about Trump’s NYC projects. Helped revitalize and save New York. Fixed the Central Park ice rink problem. Comes in, saves the day. Cuts through red tape. Saves the city millions. Creates a strong team. Taught his children the real estate business and made them part of team. Trump has a big heart. He takes care of people.
13. Ivanka Trump is introduced to the song Here Comes the Sun. So gorgeous! Her father is the people’s nominee. Like millennials, Ivanka says she does not see things as one party or the other but votes for best person and that is her father. Millennials are not party loyal. Change must come from outside the system. Trump is fighter. He dug deeper, worker harder, became stronger, won primaries. Fights for family. Fights for employees and company. Fights for our country. Story of life and spirit of campaign. America needs to know what it is like to win again. Trump is famous but is not well known. Remembers playing in her father’s office and learning from him as child. Great talent is to see potential in people. Potential vanishes into nothing without effort. Must work for betterment of world around us. Trump tears stories out of newspaper of good people, would write note in black pen, invite people to Trump Tower, find them a job and get them a break. Leave office feeling like life could be great again. Empathy and generosity towards others, he will be in your corner when you are down. He has kindness and compassion. Be leader that the country needs. Sense of fairness. Seen how he operates as leader. Shape careers. Change lives. Construction site is meritocracy. Incompetence is impossible to hide. Melting pots. Unite to single mission. Father’s job sites always had all ethnicities and women too. real knowledge and skill. Color blind and gender neutral. Hires best person for job period. Not a builder without building to show for it. Trump has whole city skylines. Trump has success in many industries. He listens to everyone. He talks to everyone. He gets feedback. Ability. Effort. Excellence. Philosophy of Trump organization. More female than male executives at Trump. Paid equally. Mothers are taken care of. Father will change labor laws to focus on making quality childcare affordable and accessible for all. Should be norm for country to have mothers taken care of. He knows what to do. Equal pay for equal work. Ivanka will fight alongside him. Need economy that allows people to rise again. Restore American tradition of giving each new generation hope for more than the generation that came before. When Trump says he will build a tower, it will appear. Real people hired to do real work. Vision becomes reality. He will make America great again. He will deliver. We have chance to reclaim heritage of being country that dreams big. Trump does not think small. THINK BIG. Take on bold and worthy fights. Set lofty goals. When Trump is in your corner, he will fight for you all the time every time all the way. He will not let you down. Trump cannot stand to see empty streets. He wants people to have the chance to overcome. Trump says I will fight for you, not just feel for you. Hardworking men and women identify with Trump. He is optimist and relentless believer in America. Loves family and country with whole heart and soul. Judge my father by his results. His children. His towers and his companies. His employees. Most qualified person to serve as CEO of economy. Will call upon the best and brightest. A new set of thinkers to face problems with fresh perspectives. Come January 17 all things are possible again. Trump will be greatest and truest and most loyal champion. Fighter. Doer. Moment in our country has an extraordinary man. Earn trust, earn votes. Our next president…Donald J. Trump!
14. President (candidate) Donald Trump. WOW! What an introduction. Trump accepts nomination for the presidency. The crowd goes wild. Cheering! USA! USA! USA! USA! Who would have believed when we started journey June 16th of last year? 14 million votes. Most in history of GOP. Democrats had 20% fewer votes than 4 years ago. Not so good. We will lead back to White House. Country back to safety and peace and prosperity. Country of generosity and warmth but also country of law and order. We face dangers. Americans watching have seen violence in streets and chaos in communities. Many witnessed personally and been victims. I have a message: crime and violence will come to an end. Beginning Jan 20th, safety will be restored. Most basic duty of govt is to protect people. Finally time for straightforward assessment of state of our nation. Will present facts plainly and honestly. Can’t afford to be politically correct anymore. HUGE CHEERS. If you want to hear corporate spin or lies and media myths, democrats will have convention next week. Go there. Here, at our convention, there will be no lies. Honor Americans with truth and nothing else. USA USA USA USA USA USA. These are the facts, decades of progress in bringing down crime are being reversed. Homicides up by 17% in our largest cities. Largest increase in 25 years. In DC, killings have risen by 50%. In Chicago, 2,000+ people victims of shooting this year and 4,000 killed since Obama took office. Number of police officers killed risen 50%. 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records roam free to threaten peaceful citizens. Number of illegals crossing this year is already higher than 2015 and they are being released by tens of thousands into communities with no regard for impact. BUILD THAT WALL. BUILD THAT WALL. BUILD THAT WALL. One border crosser went to Nebraska and ended life of one young girl, day after graduating college, valedictorian. Killer was released second time. Fugitive from law. Met Sarah’s family. Obama Regime did not protect. Open Borders did this. What about our economy? Nearly 4 in 10 black children in poverty and 58% of black youth not employed. 2 million latinos in poverty now since 4 years ago. Household income down more than $4,000 since 2000. Trade deficit is 800B last year alone. We are going to fix that. Budget is no better. Obama had doubled national debt to $19T and growing. What do we have to show for it. Roads and bridges falling apart. Airports like third world. 43 million Americans on food stamps. Not only have we endured domestic disasters, but international humiliation too. Our sailers forced to knees by Iran at gunpoint. Prior to signing of Iran deal that gave $150B to Iran. It gave us nothing. Once of worst deals ever negotiated. Obama drew a red line in Syria and it meant nothing. In Libya, our consulate was brought down in flames. America is less safe and world less stable than when Obama made Hillary Clinton in charge of American foreign policy. LOCK HER UP, LOCK HER UP, LOCK HER UP. Let’s defeat her in November. I am certain it was a decision that Obama regrets making her Secretary of State. Bad instincts and bad judgment. Let’s review her record. 2009, pre-Hillary, ISIS not on map. Libya was stable. Egypt peaceful. Iraq had reduction in violence. Iran was choked by sanctions. Syria under control. After Hillary: ISIS spread across region and world. Libya in ruins. Ambassador and staff killed. Egypt turned over to Islam. Iraq in chaos. Iran on path to nukes. Syria has civil war. Islam threatens West. After trillions spent and lives lost, situation is worse than ever before. This is the legacy of Hillary: death, destruction, terrorism, and weakness. But Hillary legacy does not have to be America’s legacy. Poverty, war, destruction. We cannot rely on politicians who created probs in first place. We need change of leadership to produce change in outcomes. Tonight I will share my plan for action for America. Our plan will put America first.
Americanism and not Globalism will be our credo. We need to put America first. We need other nations to treat America with respect that we deserve. American people will come first once again. Safety at home. Safe neighborhoods, secure borders, protection from terrorism. Law and order. On the economy, I will outline reforms to add new jobs and new wealth to rebuild America. Reforms will be opposed by special interests who have rigged political and economic system. Big business and media and donors want Hillary because she will keep rigged system in place. They have total control over every thing she does. She is their puppet. They pull her strings. Hillary’s message is that things will never change. Never ever.
Things have to change. They have to change right now. Every day Trump wakes up determined to deliver better life for people who were ignored, neglected and abandoned. Communities crushed by trade deals. Forgotten men and women of our country. They will not be forgotten much longer. Trump will be their voice. Politicians put personal agendas before public good. How great are our police and how great is Cleveland? I have no patience for injustice or govt incompetence. When the innocent suffer because govt lacks decency or sells out to lobbyists, I am not able to look the other way and I won’t look the other way.
When Sec of State commits crimes, deletes things to cover crimes, puts country at risk, lies about it all the time, and faces no consequence I know that corruption has reached level like never ever before in our country. When FBI Director says Sec of State was extremely careless and negligent that these terms are minor compared to what she did. They saved her from facing justice for her terrible terrible crimes. Her single greatest accomplishment might be committing egregious crimes and getting away with it. Others not let off hook. Traded favors and access for millions. Time for action has come. I joined political arena so powerful cannot beat up on people who cannot defend selves. Nobody knows system better than me which is why I alone can fix it. I have seen first hand how system was rigged just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders. His supporters will join our movement to fix trade deals that strip our wealth. Millions of Democrats will join our movement because we will fix system so it will work justly for all.
Next Vice President Mike Pence of Indiana. He is man of character and accomplishment. First task will be to liberate citizens from crime and terrorism. America shocked to core when police in Dallas executed. Continued threats and violence against law enforcement. Law officers shot and killed in recent days. All over. More police were gunned down in Baton Rouge. An attack on law enforcement is an attack on all Americans. Message to all threatening police, when I take the oath of office I will restore law and order to our country. I will work with and appoint best and brightest to get the job properly done. I am the law and order candidate.
The irresponsible rhetoric of Obama to divide us by race and color has made America dangerous. This administration has failed our inner cities. Failed the inner cities. Failed on education, failed on jobs, failed on crime. Failed in every way and on every level. Trump will work so that all are treated equally and protected equally. Every action Trump takes will ask does this make better for young Americans in inner cities who have the same right to live out dreams as any other child. To make life safe must address threats from outside country. We will defeat the barbarians of Islam and defeat them fast. Once again, France is the victim of Islam. Men women and children mowed down by Islam. Damage and devastation inflicted by Islam proven over and over. NYC. San Bernadino. Ft. Hood. Many other locations.
In Orlando, 49 people murdered by Islam. This time targeted LGBTQAI community. We are going to stop it. As president I will do everything in my power to protect LGBTQAI citizens from Islam. TRUMP IS ON THE WAY! TRUMP IS ON THE WAY! I have to say as a republican to see you cheering for what I just said. Crowd goes wild. Cheers. To protect from Islam, must focus on three things. Need best gathering of intelligence. Abandon failed policies of nation building and regime change that Hillary pushes. Instead we must work with allies who share goal of stamping out Islam and doing it now, doing it quickly. We will win and we will win fast. This includes working with greatest ally, the state of Israel. NATO is obsolete because it does not cover terror. Many member countries do not pay fair share. As usual the US picks up the cost.
NATO will be setting up new program to combat terrorism. That is step in right direction. We must immediately suspend immigration from any nation compromised by terrorism until vetting mechanisms put in place. We do not want them in our country. We do not want what happened to Europe to happen here. Hillary wants 550% increased in Muslim immigration on top of existing massive flows already under Obama. She wants this despite no way to screen them to see who they are or where they come from. I only want to admit individuals who support our values an love our people. Anyone who endorses violence, hatred or opposition are not welcome and never ever will be. Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment. We are going to have an immigration system that works for the American people.
Illegal immigrants kill our citizens. Mothers and fathers lose their children to violence spilling across our borders. We can solve it. We have to solve it. Families have no special interests to represent them. No demonstrators to protect them or protest for them. Hillary will never meet with them. She wants sanctuary cities. Where was sanctuary for Kate Steinley. Where for the children killed? We can solve this problem so quickly. We need to stop the murders and suffering. Wounded American families have been alone but are not alone any longer. We will stand in their corner and support them and pledge in their honor to save families from suffering and same awful fate. We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration and gangs and violence and drugs. Endorsed by border patrol agents. Will protect our lawful immigration system. Lawful system. End catch and release and human smuggling. Illegal border crossings will end. It won’t be happening anymore. Peace will be restored by enforcing the rules. Our laws will finally receive the respect they deserve. Listen closely to Trump’s words: day Trump takes office, Americans will finally wake up in country where laws of United States are enforced.
We will be considerate and compassionate but start with our own struggling citizens. USA USA USA USA USA USA My plan is the exact opposite of the dangerous policies of Hillary Clinton. Americans want relief form uncontrolled immigration. Hillary wants mass immigration, mass amnesty, mass lawlessness. She wants to overwhelm communities. Make it harder for recent immigrants to escape poverty and join middle class. Vision for workers need fair trade policy. Stands up to countries that cheat, of which there are many. Moment I take office. I have made billions making deals. I am now going to make our country rich again. Greatest business people in world will turn bad agreements into great trade agreements. We have lost 1/3 of manufacturing jobs because of the Clintons. Bill Clinton signed NAFTA, one of worst deals ever. Never again. Trump will bring back our jobs to Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan. Will not let companies move to other countries without consequence anymore. Hillary wants every trade agreement that destroys middle class and she let China into world trade organization. Job killing deals. TransPacific Partnership that will destroy our jobs and put foreign governments over us. Trump will never sign deal that diminishes our freedom and independence. America first again.
Taxes simplified and reduced for everyone. America is one of highest taxed nations in world. Reducing taxes will cause businesses to come roaring back. Must deal with job killing regulation. End red tape. Lift restrictions on production of energy. job creating economic activity. Hillary wants to put coal and steel out of business. Steel workers and miners are going back to work again. Will build infrastructure. Millions of more jobs. Will rescue kids from failing schools. Make schools safer. Have a choice. Hillary wants to protect bureaucrats and Common Core. That’s what she does. Get rid of OBAMACARE. Repeal and replace. Choose own doctor again. Fix TSA at airports and end that disaster. Going to work with all students drowning in debt. Tremendous problem. Completely rebuild depleted military. Countries we protect will pay their fair share. Take care of our veterans like never before. Hillary is out of touch. Every department head in government will eliminate wasteful spending in first 100 days (just like in movie Dave). Trump is going to do it.
YES YOU WILL. YES YOU WILL. YES YOU WILL.
Going to appoint justice to uphold our laws and Constitution. Replacement of Scalia will be someone similar to him. Most important issue decided by election. Hillary wants to abolish second amendment. Trump received endorsement of NRA. Protect right to keep families safe. Thanks evangelical and religious community. Amazing support. Will not let them down. Will change laws to allow religious to speak minds from pulpits. Take away IRS power to strip tax status. Protect free speech for all Americans. Can accomplish great things and more. Believe in ourselves and our country again. Start believing.
Time to show whole world that America is back and bigger and better and stronger before. Lucky to have Melania and children. Thinks of his father. Respect dignity of work. Dignity of working people. Mother Mary was kind and charitable person and judge of character. Sisters and brothers. Have had a great life in business. Now going to work for the country and going to work for us. Victory for American people. We are going to start winning again. To do that must break free of petty politics. Need to get rid of censors and critics and cynics. Do not listen to the naysayers. We love defeating them. They want to keep rigged system in place. Must believe in America. History is watching. Will we rise to occasion and show whole world America is free and independent and strong. Trump will be our champion in the White House.
Hillary asks supporters to recite loyalty pledge. Trump says: I’m with you, the American people. Trump is your voice. Trump is with us. He will fight for us. He will win for us. Trump promises to make America strong again, proud again, safe again. Make America great again. God Bless and good night.
15. Wrap-up and goodbye to Cleveland
If you enjoyed this recap and the other writing on this site, please consider reading our book SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment. You can also ask your local public library wherever you live to order the book for its collection. We’d love to see the book carried in as many libraries as possible because the American Library Association has made our book the #1 Banned Book in America by aggressively trying to suppress, censor, and ban it and keep the book out of your hands, since it spills the beans on every bad thing that the ALA has been doing as part of George Soros’ plot to transform American communities by transforming libraries and sexualizing children against their parents’ wishes.
In 2013, Megan Fox and I caught a local public library covering up sex crimes happening in the building, including child pornography being accessed but the library staff deliberately chose not to call the police. We filed Freedom of Information Act Requests to obtain the library’s internal documents and also police records to piece together how big of a problem was ongoing in this Chicago suburb. Instead of handing over the document as they were required to do by law, the library and the entire Village of Orland Park decided to fight us. Chief Timothy J. McCarthy and the Orland Park Police engaged in a pattern and practice of harassing Megan and me, to try to scare us off this case and make us drop our investigation. We had to take the Village and the library to court to get the documents we wanted. The Police Department violated the law and ended up having to settle with us for $12,000 over its violations, all committed as part of Chief McCarthy’s plan to stymie us or scare us away. The American Library Association got involved and encouraged a library employee to file a meritless SLAPP lawsuit to scare us away. So, Megan and I had to defend our First Amendment rights in federal court. The library tried censoring and silencing us. They threw everything and the kitchen sink at us. Chief McCarthy’s police officers threatened us. Library employees and their families targeted Megan for online harassment and someone left dead animals in her yard and vandalized her car. The police would do nothing to stop the harassment, as local government circled the wagons to protect itself and keep the truth from the public. In the end, we discovered YEARS worth of sex crimes that went unreported. Women sexually harassed in that library. Women and children sexually stalked. Men openly masturbating at computers. Child pornography being allowed to be viewed without police being called. That’s why they fought so hard to silence us, threaten us, scare us, and bully us. They didn’t want any of this getting out. We have it all documented in our book. I hope you read it. It’s currently the #1 Banned Book in the country, as the American Library is putting out enormous pressure on libraries to NOT carry the book…even though it’s the only book we can find that’s ever been written that exposes criminal activity and cover-ups in public libraries.
They did everything they could to use except murder us.
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