The Republican National Convention for 2020 took place from Monday, August 24 through to Thursday, August 27.
The first part of Day 1 was held in Charlotte, North Carolina. As the threat from coronavirus grew, the state’s governor got twitchy about Republicans descending on his city for at least four days. On June 3, Trump tweeted the following thread:
Had long planned to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a place I love. Now,
@NC_Governor Roy Cooper and his representatives refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena – Spend millions of dollars, have everybody arrive, and…
…then tell them they will not be able to gain entry. Governor Cooper is still in Shelter-In-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised. Would have showcased beautiful North Carolina to the World, and brought in hundreds of…
…millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State. Because of @NC_Governor, we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.
Contrary to the opposition Trump had in 2016 on the morning of Day 1 and the evening of Day 2 before the Roll Call of states’ delegates, this year’s Roll Call, which was held on the morning of Day 1 was a smooth as silk.
Trump was unanimously elected as the nominee. Republican National Committee (RNC) chair Ronna Romney McDaniel (Mitt’s niece) skipped the states after Minnesota and went straight to Wisconsin to conclude it. Ronna McDaniel did a great job of chairing the business portion of the convention. She is, as Republicans would say, a ‘happy warrior’.
President Trump appeared in Charlotte to give an acceptance speech.
A myriad of speeches began on the evening of Day 1 and climaxed on Day 4 with a second, lengthier acceptance speech.
Most of the speeches took place in the magnificent, old-school Andrew W Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. The huge stage had ten flags of the finest fabric displayed. Huge flag banners hung on the walls on either side.
The speeches, which were only a few minutes long, for the most part, were riveting and, in many cases, very personal. Many blacks spoke in favour of Trump. Hispanics, especially Cuban immigrants, also told their stories of escape from the Castro regime to freedom. A lot of women spoke about Trump’s support of women staffers.
The convention provided over ten hours of the best television I’ve ever seen in my entire life. There was no presenter, so the speeches just keep on coming, one after another. Every day has a different theme (e.g. opportunity, heroes) and the speeches are organised accordingly.
If you have time to watch it, please do. You won’t be sorry.
My favourite speaker was Sister Deirdre Byrne, MD, of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts, a traditional and medically-oriented Catholic religious order for women. Not only is she a physician. She is also a retired US Army Colonel. She entered religious life in 2002. She said that while we all focus our attention on refugees, we are forgetting another group that needs our help and support: the unborn. She said that the Biden-Harris ticket supports abortion to the moment of birth, making it, effectively, infanticide.
Speaking of Biden-Harris, I watched the last day of the Democrat National Convention on Sunday, August 23. BBC Parliament got the feed from C-SPAN.
It was dire, some of the worst television I’ve ever seen in my life.
The big moments were held in Wilmington, Delaware. The rest was largely comprised of Zoom speeches and conversations.
It was depressing to watch. The content made it sound as if the US had never passed civil rights laws in the mid-1960s. More equal opportunity legislation came in the 1970s with even more in the ensuing decades.
So, if anyone in the media calls the Republican convention ‘dark’, they’re pulling the wool over your eyes. If anything was dark in content — and downright depressing — it was the Democrats’ convention.
Joe Biden did not get the usual polling uplift after the convention. He said he would not begin campaigning for several days.
Now that Biden’s Polls are dropping fast, he has agreed to get out of his basement and start campaignin,“in ten days.” Sadly, that is a very slow reaction time for a President. Our beloved USA needs a much faster, smarter, and tougher response than that. Get out there today, Joe!
….New Hampshire – and the big crowds – was great last night. Thank you! Heading now for Louisiana & Texas to check out the damage done by Hurricane Laura. @FEMA and @FEMA_Pete are, together with Law Enforcement and First Responders, doing a great job!
Even though Biden is tanking in the polls, as in 2016, the Dems will continue to pull out all the stops.
Trump is concerned about voter fraud during a time of coronavirus restrictions. Although millions of bogus names have been removed from electoral rolls in southern California and in Pennsylvania, many more millions remain.
Trump opposes mail-in ballots, which are different to absentee ballots, of which he approves. On June 29, he tweeted:
Absentee Ballots are fine. A person has to go through a process to get and use them. Mail-In Voting, on the other hand, will lead to the most corrupt Election is USA history. Bad things happen with Mail-Ins. Just look at Special Election in Patterson, N.J. 19% of Ballots a FRAUD!
At the weekend, a Trump supporter tweeted:
Here is Nancy Pelosi’s scam with “mail-out” ballots.
They auto-generate valid ballots for “rare/non” voters that are siphoned off, fake-signed & returned. It’s dead simple, but on a massive scale, all close races go to Dems.
HELP US, @realDonaldTrump!
The tweet links to an August 29 article in the New York Post, about an expert in fixing New Jersey’s election results: ‘Confessions of a voter fraud: I was a master at fixing mail-in ballots’.
This could be the guy Trump was referring to by mentioning Paterson, NJ in his aforementioned June tweet. The article says:
… the political insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he fears prosecution, said fraud is more the rule than the exception. His dirty work has taken him through the weeds of municipal and federal elections in Paterson, Atlantic City, Camden, Newark, Hoboken and Hudson County and his fingerprints can be found in local legislative, mayoral and congressional races across the Garden State. Some of the biggest names and highest office holders in New Jersey have benefited from his tricks, according to campaign records The Post reviewed.
“An election that is swayed by 500 votes, 1,000 votes — it can make a difference,” the tipster said. “It could be enough to flip states.”
The whisteblower — whose identity, rap sheet and long history working as a consultant to various campaigns were confirmed by The Post — says he not only changed ballots himself over the years, but led teams of fraudsters and mentored at least 20 operatives in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania — a critical 2020 swing state.
The man developed good relationships with postal workers:
“You have a postman who is a rabid anti-Trump guy and he’s working in Bedminster or some Republican stronghold … He can take those [filled-out] ballots, and knowing 95% are going to a Republican, he can just throw those in the garbage.”
In some cases, mail carriers were members of his “work crew,” and would sift ballots from the mail and hand them over to the operative.
He also made house-to-house visits, offering to collect ballots as a public service:
He would have his operatives fan out, going house-to-house, convincing voters to let them mail completed ballots on their behalf as a public service. The fraudster and his minions would then take the sealed envelopes home and hold them over boiling water.
“You have to steam it to loosen the glue,” said the insider.
He then would remove the real ballot, place the counterfeit ballot inside the signed certificate, and reseal the envelope.
He is proud of what he’s done. No one has figured out his techniques, which is why he is spilling the beans:
“There is no race in New Jersey — from City Council to United States Senate — that we haven’t worked on,” the tipster said. “I worked on a fire commissioner’s race in Burlington County. The smaller the race the easier it is to do.”
A Bernie Sanders die-hard with no horse in the presidential race, he said he felt compelled to come forward in the hope that states would act now to fix the glaring security problems present in mail-in ballots.
“This is a real thing,” he said. “And there is going to be a f–king war coming November 3rd over this stuff … If they knew how the sausage was made, they could fix it.”
Meanwhile, the protests around the nation continue. Portland’s riots have been going on for over 100 days. On Saturday, August 29, one man was shot in cold blood. The shocking walk-by shooting video is here. The story is developing.
Trump has been asking Portland’s mayor for permission to send in the National Guard who could put an end to the madness. The mayor, Ted Wheeler, has refused, saying that the people of Portland can sort out their own problems.
You won’t be surprised to find out that Ted Wheeler is a Democrat.
The city centre of quiet, respectable Kenosha, Wisconsin, was destroyed last week.
In closing, Trump must be disappointed that Shinzo Abe has stood down once again for health reasons. He has ulcerative colitis. Narendra Modi will be deeply disappointed, too.
I hope that Shinzo Abe has good doctors and pain-relieving drugs. I feel for him and his family.