The Lowlights of the 2016 Republican National Convention
This week I'm sending you updates about the Drumpf train wreck taking place at the RNC convention in Cleveland.
All week the Progress Texas team is monitoring the lunacy taking place and curating only the best (worst?) for your amusement: we watch so you don't have to.
Jump to each day by clicking below, or scroll down to start reading immediately!
DONALD DRUMPF IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE YOU
IVANKA DRUMPF SPOKE... AT THE WRONG CONVENTION?
- He has barely said a word showing he supports equal pay or childcare during his campaign, and will likely to do the exact opposite if elected
- He accused Hillary Clinton of "playing the woman card" - whatever that means
- And then there's his famous public flap with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in which he basically stated she grilled him because she was on her period. Yeah, he's greeeeat on women's issues.
THE CRUZ BLUES
SO WAS THE CONVENTION A SUCCESS?
Good afternoon and welcome to your RNC Day 3 wrap-up email. We're watching the RNC so that you don't have to!
Let's start with our EXCLUSIVE power rankings for each night:
- Wednesday Night: the Ted Cruz meltdown
- Monday Night: anti-Drumpf forces taking the floor
- Tuesday Night: hodgepodge of dog whistle speeches
Ted Cruz Ain't Your Sweetheart
He didn't endorse Drumpf. He said vote your conscience. Then his speech ran long. Then Drumpf entered the convention hall to steal Ted's thunder. And the crowd starting chanting "Drumpf, Drumpf, Drumpf" at him. Cruz finished the speech to the sound of a roaring crowd yelling "BOOOOOOO." And the look on Cruz's face as he realized he was losing the room...oof.
It was this close to an actually WWE throwdown, which would have been better, but this was still pretty good.
And then... sh*t got even weirder.
- One reporter said that the Drumpf campaign started encouraging the booing on the convention floor.
- Another report said that a state party chairman was yelling at Cruz so loudly, that chairman had to be restrained
- Heidi Cruz, Ted's wife, had to be escorted off the floor as people were yelling "Goldman Sachs!" at her (where she works). Which is weird, because we thought Republicans like banks. But then again everything is weird at this convention.
- Then, Donald Drumpf taunted Cruz, and his ever-so-loyal henchman Chris Christie piled on.
Rick Perry may have summed it up best:
Did you know that Mike Pence is running for Vice President?
The two most notable parts of Mike Pence's candidacy so far are a scrapped campaign logo and the fact that Drumpf nearly kissed him on the forehead after accepting the nomination. Pence just isn't crazy enough to garner the attention that others are getting. I know that I turned it off early because I wanted the Cruz speech to be my lasting memory of the night.
Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune nailed it:
The Curious Case of Melania Drumpf's Speechwriter
Yesterday a letter circulated claiming that Meredith McIver, an employee with the Drumpf Organization (the corporation), had written the speech for Melania Drumpf leading up to his nomination (the campaign). Some are wondering: is McIver real or did Donald Drumpf create her? It wouldn't be the first time he used an alias!
Well sorry to ruin the fun but Slate says she does exist, but that brings up another problem. If she is a real corporate employee writing speeches for a presidential campaign, the Huffington Post reports that it's an illegal campaign contribution. Hoo-boy... this just won't go away.
Republicans don't want women reporters to show their arms.
Drumpf Advisor: "Clinton Should be Shot"
And finally... Talk Radio Host Laura Ingraham accidentally gives a heil salute from the podium.
In call for unity, Paul Ryan fumbles a Texas football analogy
The "My Little Pony Defense" for Melania Drumpf... Which Ultimately Backfired
Tuesday was the RNC's stated night to talk about jobs and economy...which they didn't do.
Hillary Clinton Mocked for having a "New York accent"
The Drumpf kids are making us miss the Romney kids
Melania Drumpf's speech plagiarizing Michelle Obama...
It included whole paragraphs of text from the speech that Michelle Obama gave to the Democratic National Convention in 2008. Best part: it was a speech about hard work.
The day started off with anti-Drumpf delegates attempting to stage a roll call vote on the convention rules and nominating process as a protest to Drumpf's candidacy. Then some said the convention secretary went into hiding, and the motion was squashed on the floor. At that point Colorado delegates walked out, former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was seen throwing his delegate credential on the floor, and Utah Senator Mike Lee was furious. Forget unity, you're more likely to find Pokemon in that convention hall.
Congressman Steve King, on why thinks white people are the best people:
"This whole white people business does get a little tired. I'd ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by other categories of people...where did any subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?" Here's the video.
Is This Celebrity Apprentice?
Last night's line-up included these D-List actors you either haven't heard of in years or haven't heard of at all. Such public policy super heroes as a guy from Duck Dynasty, Scott Baio, and an actor from General Hospital.
Yeah, that happened:
Rick Perry still forgets things.
Earlier this year he said Drumpf is a "cancer on conservatism," but then endorsed Drumpf and said he'd be interested in serving as VP. Now he's speaking at convention and is open to serving in the cabinet. Can he can remember the names of three agencies he'd like to lead?
Donald Drumpf took the stage like a WWF wrestler:
He also entered (without permission) to the tune of "We are the champions," by Queen, who was fronted by the late Freddie Mercury, an openly gay man of mixed Persian/Indian descent who died of AIDS and became a symbol for continued research and awareness around the issue.