The convention season is over and with it the highlights and lowlights of both parties, of both candidates and of humanity. Let’s take a quick peek at 3 of the best and worst moments from both the Republican and Democratic Convention.
3 Bests of the RNC
1. Ted Cruz’s Ballsy Non-Endorsement
Ted Cruz did something very ballsy during Night 3 of the Republican National Convention. He withheld his endorsement for Donald Trump and instead encouraged America with three simple words: “Vote Your Conscience.” What valor!
2. Trump Kids' Speeches
Although some may have thought that slating one of his children to speak each night of the convention was overkill, it was a demonstration of how learned and distinguished the Trump kids are and why they hold positions of power in the Trump Organization.
3. Rudy Giuliani
The former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani gave a rousing endorsement speech for Trump even though he doesn't believe in everything Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has to say, namely his pro-life stance nor his “build a wall” rhetoric. Giuliani, the mayor who was head of NYC government during America’s trying time of 9-11, spoke vehemently about how Trump will keep America safe from terror.
3 Worsts of the RNC
1. Trump’s Use of Fear to Inspire
Trump used a very familiar tactic in the global political sphere. He used the kind of pathos that engages the kind of American who sees violence and believes he/she is in imminent danger. Very Hilter-esque. He used fear, too.
“Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation,” Trump said in a speech that returned to common themes of law and order and national security. He charged that President Obama and Hillary Clinton had made America and the world less safe.
“The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.”
He went to great lengths on the last night of the convention to knit together mass immigration and mass lawlessness, warning the audience that the 180,000 immigrants living in the US with deportation orders and criminal records “are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens.”
2. Michelle van Etten
Michelle Van Etten, a small business owner and an executive with multi-level health marketing company Youngevity, delivered a speech reminiscent of an elementary school pageant winner who knows that they want the world to be a better place but has absolutely no idea how to express those ideas with real fluency or coherency. It was an upset of a speech yet the crowd was fairly gracious. Her brain farts and awkward pauses were plentiful but the worst came when she likened Donald Trump to the “ultimate ringmaster.” It was her way of bringing her speech full circle. After all, she had started her speech off with reference to her first business – a child circus.
3. Melania’s Plagiarism
Melania Trump, Donald Trump’s Slovenian wife, spoke passionately albeit with a heavy accent concerning how from a young age her family taught her the values that molded her into the person she is today. Yes, that person is someone who posed for Playboy, but that’s besides the point. It was a heartfelt speech until we realized how familiar the language was.
She (her speech writer, really) had lifted a few paragraphs from Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic Convention. It was plagiarism and if you can get kicked out of a university for it, then you shouldn’t get a pass at the RNC for the doing the same thing.
3 Bests of the DNC
1. Michelle Obama
It was not the first time that Michelle Obama had stolen a show. At the previous convention, Bill Clinton expressed his endorsement for Barack Obama by saying, “I want to vote for the guy who had the good sense to marry Michelle.” Her speaking ability is extraordinarily above average. Her personal motto has already made it to memes: “When they go low, we go high.” Her speech was inspiring, thought-provoking, and full of grace.
2. Khan speech
Khizr Khan, whose son Army Capt. Humayun Khan died in Baghdad in 2004, delivered one of the most powerful speeches of the Democratic National Convention. With his wife Ghazala at his side – who never spoke - Khan lambasted Trump and his poor immigration plans -- specifically those aimed at barring Muslims. In an emotional address, he claimed Trump has "sacrificed nothing and no one."
Khan also held up a copy of the U.S. Constitution and asked Trump if he had ever read it.
"I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words, look for the words, liberty and equal protection (under) law," Khan said.
A hailstorm has ensued around his comments about sacrifice and the constitution. Trump responded to Khan's convention remarks in interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, "I'd like to hear his wife say something," Trump said.
3. Mayor Bloomberg speech
No one could have been more credible in discrediting a fellow New York billionaire and endorsing a former New York senator than current billionaire businessman and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Bloomberg, who once considered entering the 2016 presidential race as an independent, endorsed Clinton then blasted Trump as a "dangerous demagogue" in Philadelphia.
Speaking on the third night of the convention, Bloomberg used his perspective as a businessman, New Yorker and former mayor to hit Trump from multiple angles.
"I'm a New Yorker, and New Yorkers know a con when we see one," he said to cheers from the audience.
Bloomberg has had various political affiliations like Republican, Democrat and now Independent, and said:
"When I enter the voting booth each time, I look at the candidate, not the party label. There are times when I disagree with Hillary Clinton. But let me tell you, whatever our disagreements may be, I've come here to say: We must put them aside for the good of our country. And we must unite around the candidate who can defeat a dangerous demagogue."
Bloomberg agreed that we need a candidate who understands business, but just not Trump.
“I've built a business, and I didn't start it with a million-dollar check from my father,” said Bloomberg, who founder, CEO, and owner of Bloomberg L.P., the global financial data and media company. “Throughout his career, Trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies, thousands of lawsuits, angry shareholders and contractors who feel cheated, and disillusioned customers who feel ripped off. Trump says he wants to run the nation like he's run his business. God help us."
3 Worsts of the DNC
1. Bernie/Hillary Division
All week long at the DNC, there were signs (literally) that many Sanders supporters still weren’t over the defeat of Bernie Sanders and the effective end of his "political revolution." The salt in the wound was a leak of Democratic National Committee documents that showed party leaders discussing how to thwart Sanders during the primary.
One Clinton supporter got embroiled in an argument with a woman supporting Sanders, who had blue tape over her mouth reading "Silenced by the DNC."
Another Sanders delegate wearing a Marine Corps cap took a swing at a Clinton delegate before Secret Service officers broke up the fight.
2. Bill and Hillary Pretending to be in love
Everyone knows Bill Clinton has issues with fidelity in marriage. But, it was the huge elephant in the room at the DNC as he attempted to “play up” their love story. Telling the couple’s “story of us” in chronological order, everyone wondered how Bill left out the things that happened between 1995-1998. When Clinton said, after the Yale Law-themed opening part of his speech, that he and Hillary have “been walking and talking and laughing together ever since,” all of America wondered ‘except those times when your intern’ was pleasuring you.
3. Hillary Clinton Can’t Speak
Hillary is no Michelle; she’s no Barack either. Her speaking ability lacks warmth, sincerity and passion. Furthermore, she needs vocal training badly because she can’t go up an octave without screeching.