Highlights From the 2016 RNC Convention (UPDATED)

Running blog at Fox News.

Day 1: Melania Trump speech:

 

Rudy Giuliani speech:

 

Victims of illegals speak:

Often overlooked in the immigration debate, the families of victims of illegal immigrant criminals got their biggest stage yet with prime-time speaking roles Monday at the Republican National Convention, where they pleaded for a firmer hand in the White House to keep the country safe.

“Only one candidate is serious about border security: Donald Trump,” said Kent Terry, brother of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. “He will give our heroic Border Patrol agents the resources and support needed to do their jobs. President Trump will make America’s borders secure again.”

Mr. Terry was joined on stage by two mothers and one father whose children were slain by illegal immigrants and who said it’s time their side of the immigration debate receives more attention.

……Advocates of a crackdown point to a number of other cases, including that of Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son, a police officer in Mesa, Arizona, was killed when an illegal immigrant driving drunk the wrong way on a highway crashed into his car. The illegal immigrant in that case had been convicted of crimes but not deported.

Ms. Mendoza spoke Monday, as did Sabine Durden, whose son was killed in 2012 by an illegal immigrant driving a truck without a license, and by Jamiel Shaw, whose son was slain by a gang member who was released from jail 24 hours earlier despite a deportation hold by federal authorities.

Father of Jamiel Shaw, gives emotional speech about his son, who was killed by an illegal alien:

Actor Antonio Sabato’s speech:

‘Having secure borders and protecting our citizens is not hateful’. “I am concerned about our country’s future. I’m concerned about my children’s future. And I believe we need Donald Trump, who shares my beliefs, and my faith, to get this country back on track, ” an enthusiastic Sabato said.

……“In the past eight years, failed policies have caused our country to deteriorate. Our rights have been trampled, and our security threatened. We are weaker by almost every measure. We are on the wrong path. That is clear even to someone who was not even born here.

I came to the United States from Rome, Italy in 1985. I followed all the rules, and finally became a naturalized citizen in 1996. Others who want to come to the U.S. to live and work should follow the same rules. We are a nation of laws for a reason. There should be no shortcuts for those who don’t want to pay or wait.”

 

Sheriff David Clarke:

 

Patricia Smith, mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith:

“I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son. personally. in an e-mail to her daughter Hillary Clinton blamed it on –shortly after the attack– terrorism, but when I saw Hillary Clinton, she lied to me and then called me a liar,” she said.

“Since then,” she continued. “I have repeatedly asked Hillary Clinton to ask plaintiff may the real reason why my son is dead. I’m still waiting. Whenever I call the State Department, no one would speak to me because they say I am not a member of the immediate family…”

“Sean was my son. Hillary Clinton is a woman, a mother, a grandmother of two. I am a woman, a mother, and a mother of two. How could she do this to me? How could she do this to any American family?”

…… “Hillary Clinton for prison! She deserves to be in stripes.”

LtGen Michael Flynn:

“War is not about bathrooms…war is about winning.”  “Let there never be a substitute for America & let us sustain the conviction that our country holds a unique place…in history” “There is no substitute for American leadership and exceptionalism.”

The leftwing media hacks jumped all over a few phrases in Melania Trumps speech that were supposedly ‘plagiarized’ from a speech given by Mooshelle Obama in 2008.

A summary from Rush Limbaugh:

As Joe Biden said: Everybody does it.  What’s the big deal?  He did.  Well, not to this, but, I mean, he’s been accused of plagiarism.  Everybody does it. Everybody steals from others.  That’s my point.  It’s almost impossible not to.  Folks, I could tell you stories.  I could tell you stories.

…… Breitbart has an interesting take on this, and they say… In fact, this is Joel Pollak.  Joel Pollak is a great writer at Breitbart. He says that that the lines that Melania’s accused of stealing, Michelle Obama actually lifted from Saul Alinsky in the book Rules for Radicals.

……You know, how about when Obama stole the “it’s just words” from Deval Patrick, who happened to be the governor and mayor for life of Massachusetts and Boston?  I’m joking.  He was the mayor for life.  He wasn’t also governor.  “Melania Trump, wife of imminent Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and potential First Lady, faces accusations of plagiarism after several passages in her speech…”  By the way, here’s another thing: What is so bad about Melania being the focus of the news today?

Forget the plagiarism.  It’s not a bad thing.  Melania was charming as she could be last night.  She was a huge plus.  I mean, even Cokie Roberts at ABC News said that she came out and it humanized her.  That’s another thing they do.  Conservatives and Republicans, men, they’re barbarians.  I mean, they’re cavemen.  You know, they’re brutes.  They’re predators.  And their women? Their women can “humanize” them.  Cokie Roberts at ABC News has come along and said that Melania humanized Trump last night.

So maybe it ain’t so bad that the focus of the convention, as far as people last night, is Melania.  But Rudy deserves his accolades as well, which we’ll get to here in due course.  Now, as Mr. Pollak at Breitbart writes: “Trump’s wife joins Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Joe Biden as accused plagiarists. Even Michelle Obama was accused of plagiarizing part of her own 2008 DNC speech.”  First off, Obama.  Let me see if I have the sound bites here in order.  Yeah.  Eight and nine.  Sound bites eight and nine to start with.  This is Obama and Deval Patrick.  First up, Deval Patrick, June 6, 2006, Worcester, Massachusetts, addressing the Massachusetts State Democratic Convention.  This is fast.  It’s a 10 seconds.

PATRICK:  I am not asking anybody to take a chance on me.  I’m asking you to take a chance on your own aspirations.

RUSH:  Barack Obama, November 2, 2007, during a campaign speech in South Carolina…

OBAMA:  I’m not just asking you to take a chance on me.  I’m also asking you to take a chance on your own aspirations.

RUSH:  Whoa! I mean, that was word-for-word.  You want to hear it again?  Deval Patrick… Audio sound bites eight and nine here. Deval Patrick, June 6, 2006, Worcester, Mass.

PATRICK:  I am not asking anybody to take a chance on me.  I’m asking you to take a chance on your own aspirations.

RUSH:  Obama seven months later.  …

OBAMA:  I’m not just asking you to take a chance on me.  I’m also asking you to take a chance on your own aspirations.

RUSH: It took Deval Patrick 10 seconds to say it.  Obama got it in in nine.  But that is word-for-word.  Another one: “As then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) surpassed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, largely on the strength of his oratory, Clinton said that Obama’s record was ‘just words.’ Obama responded in a speech whose refrain was lifted from then-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick,” again. “The Obama campaign did not even bother to refute the claim. Instead, it circulated examples of lines that it said Clinton herself had borrowed from Obama.

“The left [Drive-By] media defended Obama, saying that he had not committed plagiarism, but merely, at worst, ‘poor footnoting.'”  And that’s how it works, even though he had.  And Obama… There’s the famous Obama sound bite, “Words! It’s just words! It’s just words.”  Deval Patrick.  “Hillary Clinton: ‘No bank can be too big to fail, no executive too powerful to jail.’ After the Obama campaign accused Clinton of stealing lines in 2008 — a claim supplemented by The New Republic, which accused her of stealing lines from then-Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) —  she ought to have learned her lesson.

“But in 2016, [Hillary] stole lines from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who responded by telling NBC News’ Meet the Press, jokingly: ‘We’re looking into the copyright issues here.’ Clinton was accused of lifting other lines, too — and Sanders supporters responded on Twitter with the wry hashtag: #StealTheBern.”    You haven’t heard much about this because it’s on the Democrat side and they’re not into highlighting negatives on the Democrat side when it comes to Hillary.  But Hillary Clinton? You want to talk about plagiarism?

How about these out-and-out lies, such as she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary who hadn’t even climbed the mountain ’til she was six years old? Nobody knew who he was when she was born. She couldn’t possibly have been named after Sir Edmund Hillary.  And her career is filled with little lies like that, such as landing in Bosnia somewhere dodging sniper fire. And then of course they had actual pictures of her landing and she got off the plane and was greeted by young children and the scene embracing them.

There were no snipers anywhere, and the plane she was on did not have to “corkscrew land” to avoid terrorist fire.  Joe Biden famously lifted words from the British member of Parliament, Neil Kinnock.  “Michelle Obama: ‘…the world as it should be.’ In 2008, the [Michelle Obama] was accused by bloggers of lifting lines for her DNC speech from Saul Alinsky. Alinsky wrote, in Rules for Radicals: ‘The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be.’ Michelle Obama said: ‘And Barack stood up that day, and he spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about “the world as it is” and “the world as it should be.”‘”

So who is she actually lifting from, Saul Alinsky or her own husband?  It’s understandable her husband would have lifted from Alinsky.  Now, the Trump campaign is denying the plagiarism.  The Trump campaign is denying that they borrowed any lines from Michelle Obama.  They said you work hard for what you want in life, your word is your bond.  Jason Miller, the senior communications advisor said, “In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.”

Top 10 examples of plagiarizing Democrats.

It’s typical media bullshit to jump all over trivial things and soak them for all the political talking points they can. That’s the nature of the game. So, now that the facts about past and present ‘borrowing’ of words and phrases for political speeches has been discussed and clarified, it’s time to move along to the important issues and focus on how we’re going to get this country back.

Day 2:

Donald Trump officially nominated as Republican candidate for president

Trump secured the 1,237 delegates necessary to officially be named the Republican candidate for president. New York – Trump’s home state – pushed Trump over the edge with its delegate tally. Trump was at 1,267 after New York cast its votes.

The final tally for Trump: 1,725

Sen. Ted Cruz finished second with 484 delegates. Gov. John Kasich (125) and Sen. Marco Rubio (123) rounded out the top four.

As Trump achieved the requisite number, “New York, New York” played in the convention center.

Donald Trump Jr., in casting New York’s votes for his father, said “We are finally going to put New York in play this time around.”

In addition to Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany Trump were visible in the New York delegation.

……With an overwhelming voice vote and no objections, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is nominated as Donald Trump’s running mate.

Donald Trump Jr. delivered the day’s most powerful speech:

 

Day 3:

Mike Pence officially accepts the nomination for VP and gives a rousing speech.

Pence says that the policy of “leading from behind” has emboldened terrorists and America’s enemies, and it is time for a strong America.

“We cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends. America needs to be strong for the world to be safe. On the world stage, Donald Trump will lead from strength,” he says.

Ted Cruz’ speech:

Cruz’s speech stops short of endorsing Trump, while encouraging voters to “vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

“On education, your freedom to choose your child’s education, even if you aren’t as rich as Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

“On healthcare, your freedom to choose your own doctor, without Obamacare.

“On taxes, your freedom to provide for your family without the IRS beating down your door,” he says.

….”vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

 

Laura Ingraham addressed the crowd. Full speech, HERE.

Good quotes:

“Many in public office don’t enforce or respect the rule of law. Isn’t that right, Mrs. Clinton?”

“I refuse to leave my kids a country that is worse off than the one that my parents left me.”

Marcus Luttrell, former Seal and ‘Lone Survivor’ gave a great poignant speech:

A black pastor by the name of Darrell Scott delivered a great speech:

 

Oh, and as for the thug protestors, they didn’t get very far with any attempted violence.

 

From Cleveland.com

Police made 18 arrests outside the security entrance to the Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday afternoon, after a protester burned a flag, officers and witnesses say.

The crowd of several hundred people erupted shortly after 4 p.m. at East 4th Street and Prospect Avenue. Deputy Cleveland Police Chief Ed Tomba said nobody was hurt by the flames. However, the response from protesters and police alike caused tensions to run high, and the crowd swelled as police tried to control the situation.

Cleveland police Chief Calvin Williams said that 18 arrests were made, including two felony arrests. The charges include failure to disperse and assault on a police officer.

Karma’s a bitch:

Pants on fire: Man ignites himself while burning American flag outside RNC

One of the protesters arrested Wednesday at a staged flag burning outside the Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland caught himself and two other demonstrators on fire, leading to a violent altercation with police.

Police Chief Calvin Williams said during an evening news conference that 18 people were arrested near the corner of East 4th Street and Prospect Avenue – two on felony charges, including assaulting a police officer.  The others face misdemeanor charges of failure to disperse.

The incident began when protesters blocked RNC delegates from accessing Quicken Loans Arena late Wednesday afternoon, and police issued an order to disperse, Williams said.

The demonstrators refused to leave the area, and one began to set fire to an American flag, the chief said. When the protester’s pants caught fire, an officer stepped in to extinguish the flames. The protester tried to keep the burning flag away from the officer, and in doing so, lit two other demonstrators on fire, as well.

……A witness to the protest said Gregory Lee “Joey” Johnson lit the flag on fire is now demanding that he be released from custody. Johnson is famous for a legal battle that set a U.S. Supreme Court precedent in 1989 that says burning an American flag is protected speech.

Amina Gonzales of the Revolutionary Communist Party said several other members of her group were arrested for failing to disperse after Cleveland police ordered the crowd to leave or face arrests.

“This is protected speech and they bum-rushed us,” she said. “That caused a lot of the pro-Trump supporters to jump in too.”

A red lighter was marked as evidence by crime scene investigators and sat about five feet from the burnt remnants of the flag.

Revolutionary Communist Party signs at the scene were also marked as evidence. The group says they support neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton and that they hope to completely rebuild society.

Yeah, communism only killed about 100,000,000 people. Let’s give it another chance.

Day 4:

Trump made his acceptance speech.

Excerpts:

I am running for President to end the unfairness and to put you, the American worker, first.

We are going to put America First, and we are going to Make America Great again.

This election will decide whether we are ruled by the people, or by the politicians.

Here is my promise to the American voter:

If I am elected President, I will end the special interest monopoly in Washington, D.C.

The other candidate in this race has spent her entire life making money for special interests – and taking money from special interests.

Hillary Clinton has perfected the politics of personal profit and theft.

She ran the State Department like her own personal hedge fund – doing favors for oppressive regimes, and many others, in exchange for cash.

Then, when she left, she made $21.6 million giving speeches to Wall Street banks and other special interests – in less than 2 years – secret speeches that she does not want to reveal to the public.

Together, she and Bill made $153 million giving speeches to lobbyists, CEOs, and foreign governments in the years since 2001.

……We got here because we switched from a policy of Americanism – focusing on what’s good for America’s middle class – to a policy of globalism, focusing on how to make money for large corporations who can move their wealth and workers to foreign countries all to the detriment of the American worker and the American economy.

We reward companies for offshoring, and we punish companies for doing business in America and keeping our workers employed.

This is not a rising tide that lifts all boats.

This is a wave of globalization that wipes out our middle class and our jobs.

We need to reform our economic system so that, once again, we can all succeed together, and America can become rich again.

That’s what we mean by America First.

Our country will be better off when we start making our own products again, bringing our once great manufacturing capabilities back to our shores.

……Here is a quote from the book: “At the center of US policy toward China was Hillary Clinton…at this critical time for US-china relations, Bill Clinton gave a number of speeches that were underwritten by the Chinese government and its supporters.”

These funds were paid to the Clinton bank account while Hillary was negotiating with China on behalf of the United States.

She sold out our workers, and our country, for Beijing.

Hillary Clinton has also been the biggest promoter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will ship millions more of our jobs overseas – and give up Congressional power to an international foreign commission.

Now, because I have pointed out why it would be such a disastrous deal, she is pretending that she is against it. She has even deleted this record of total support from her book – deletion is something she is very good at – (at least 30,000 emails are missing.)

But this latest Clinton cover-up doesn’t change anything: if she is elected president, she will adopt the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and we will lose millions of jobs and our economic independence for good. She will do this, just as she has betrayed the American worker on trade at every single stage of her career – and it will be even worse than the Clintons’ NAFTA deal.

……It’s not just our economy that’s been corrupted, but our foreign policy too.

The Hillary Clinton foreign policy has cost America thousands of lives and trillions of dollars – and unleashed ISIS across the world.

No Secretary of State has been more wrong, more often, and in more places than Hillary Clinton.

Her decisions spread death, destruction and terrorism everywhere she touched.

Among the victims is our late Ambassador, Chris Stevens. He was left helpless to die as Hillary Clinton soundly slept in her bed – that’s right, when the phone rang at

3 o’clock in the morning, she was sleeping.

Ambassador Stevens and his staff in Libya made hundreds of requests for security.

Hillary Clinton’s State Department refused them all.

She started the war that put him in Libya, denied him the security he asked for, then left him there to die.

To cover her tracks, Hillary lied about a video being the cause of his death.

Here is what one of the victim’s mothers had to say:

“I want the whole world to know it: she lied to my face, and you don’t want this person to be president.”

In 2009, before Hillary Clinton was sworn in, it was a different world.

Libya was cooperating.

Iraq was seeing a reduction in violence.

Syria was under control.

Iran was being choked by sanctions.

Egypt was governed by a friendly regime that honored its peace treaty with Israel.

ISIS wasn’t even on the map.

Fast forward to 2013: In just four years, Secretary Clinton managed

to almost single-handedly destabilize the entire Middle East.

Her invasion of Libya handed the country over to the ISIS barbarians.

Thanks to Hillary Clinton, Iran is now the dominant Islamic power in the Middle East, and on the road to nuclear weapons.

Hillary Clinton’s support for violent regime change in Syria has thrown the country into one of the bloodiest civil wars anyone has ever seen – while giving ISIS a launching pad for terrorism against the West.

She helped force out a friendly regime in Egypt and replace it with the radical Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian military has retaken control, but Clinton has opened the Pandora’s box of radical Islam.

Then, there was the disastrous strategy of announcing our departure date from Iraq, handing large parts of the country over to ISIS killers.

ISIS threatens us today because of the decisions Hillary Clinton has made.

……Maybe her motivation lies among the more than 1,000 foreign donations Hillary failed to disclose while at the State Department.

Hillary Clinton may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency.

Here is some more of what we learned from the book,

Clinton Cash:

A foreign telecom giant faced possible State Department sanctions for providing technology to Iran, and other oppressive regimes. So what did this company do? For the first time ever, they decided to pay Bill Clinton $750,000 for a single speech. The Clintons got their cash, the telecom company escaped sanctions.

Hillary Clinton’s State Department approved the transfer of 20% of America’s uranium holdings to Russia, while 9 investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.

Hillary Clinton appointed a top donor to a national security board with top secret access – even though he had no national security credentials.

……Hillary Clinton accepted $58,000 in jewelry from the government of Brunei when she was Secretary of State – plus millions more for her foundation. The Sultan of Brunei has pushed oppressive Sharia law, including the punishment of death by stoning for being gay. The government of Brunei also stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of Hillary’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, which she would absolutely approve if given the chance.

Hillary Clinton took up to $25 million from Saudi Arabia, where being gay is also punishable by death.

Hillary took millions from Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and many other countries that horribly abuse women and LGBT citizens.

To cover-up her corrupt dealings, Hillary Clinton illegally stashed her State Department emails on a private server.

Her server was easily hacked by foreign governments – perhaps even by her financial backers in Communist China – putting all of America in danger.

Then there are the 33,000 emails she deleted.

While we may not know what is in those deleted emails, our enemies probably do.

……Hillary Clinton has put forward the most radical immigration platform in the history of the United States.

She has pledged to grant mass amnesty and in her first 100 days, end virtually all immigration enforcement, and thus create totally open borders in the United States

The first victims of her radical policies will be poor African-American and Hispanic workers who need jobs. They are the ones she will hurt the most.

Let me share with you a letter our campaign received from Mary Ann Mendoza.

She lost her amazing son, Police Sergeant Brandon Mendoza, after he was killed by an illegal immigrant because of the open borders policies supported by Hillary Clinton.

Sadly, the Mendoza family is just one of thousands who have suffered the same fate.

Here is an excerpt from Mrs. Mendoza’s letter:

“Hillary Clinton, who already has the blood of so many on her hands, is now announcing that she is willing to put each and every one of our lives in harms’ way – an open door policy to criminals and terrorists to enter our country. Hillary is not concerned about you or I, she is only concerned about the power the presidency would bring to her. She needs to go to prison to pay for the crimes she has already committed against this country.”

Hillary also wants to spend hundreds of billions to resettle Middle Eastern refugees in the United States, on top of the current record level of immigration.

For the amount of money Hillary Clinton would like to spend on refugees, we could rebuild every inner city in America.

……Here are a few things a Trump Administration will do for America in the first 100 days:

Appoint judges who will uphold the Constitution. Hillary Clinton’s radical judges will virtually abolish the 2nd amendment.

Change immigration rules to give unemployed Americans an opportunity to fill good-paying jobs

Stand up to countries that cheat on trade, of which there are many

Cancel rules and regulations that send jobs overseas

Lift restrictions on energy production

Repeal and replace job-killing Obamacare – it is a disaster.

Pass massive tax reform to create millions of new jobs.

Impose tough new ethics rules to restore dignity to the Office of Secretary of State.

There is one common theme in all of these reforms.

It’s going to be America First.

To be fair, Hillary didn’t fuck up the country by herself, Barky did most of it.

If Trump gets elected, I hope he follows though with everything he promised.

Time will tell.

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