Another day of the Republican National Convention has passed, and two more are yet to come. The event began on Monday, August 24th and is scheduled to end on Thursday night. Yesterday I offered Part 1 of this series, comparing Day 1 of both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Today is a comparison of Day 2 from each event.
First, a general breakdown from each event:
The second night of the RNC had a lighter mood than the first night. Among the highlight speakers were First Lady Melania Trump, and Eric and Tiffany Trump, two of Donald Trump’s children. There was less talk tonight of the dangers of the opposing party, and more promotion of policy and ideals that the administration endorses.
The theme of the night was “Land of Opportunity.” The night began with endorsements for Trump’s push against small business regulation, and emphasized the American dream, where hard work can get you anywhere.
There were stories of individuals thanking President Trump for his leadership and the policies that they have benefited from that Trump has pushed, such as School Choice, Right to Try, actions to fight Opioid addictions in the US, and stories of American’s jobs being saved by de-regulation measures. A segment was also presented commending President Trump for his support of women in the workforce.
Criticisms of the night included the previously mentioned racist comments from Joe Biden (given also on Day 1 of the RNC), regulations on small business under the Obama/Biden administration, media bias, and Joe Biden’s long career as a politician. The Democratic party was pronounced to be “so far to the left” because of their “radical climate policies.” Joe Biden was painted as a “weak, scared, sleepy” man in the clutches of the “Radical Left.”
Two dark stories given on this night were anti-abortion advocate Abby Johnson, who offered a very gruesome description of abortion from her experience working in an abortion clinic, and Nicholas Sandmann, a teenager from Kentucky who was the subject of a viral video controversy, where a misleading video shared across major media platforms depicted him as a racist. Nicholas condemned cancel culture for disallowing him a voice to stand up for himself, and criticized “the far left” for having an “anti-christian, anti-conservative, anti-trump agenda.”
The media was a topic of criticism tonight, and Tiffany Trump accused “the media” and “tech giants” of manipulating people’s votes by censoring information during this pandemic and election. She also suggested that people are afraid to speak their beliefs because of Cancel Culture and bias among media and tech giants. Her call was that a vote for Trump is a vote for American ideals.
Eric Trump’s address strongly criticized opposition for disrespecting law enforcement, our nation’s flag, and offered the claim that they dislike our pledge of allegiance. He suggested that the Democratic Party’s “so-called leaders are bowing to China”. He praised his father for “slashing taxes,” expanding the military and strengthening America in the “eye of the enemy.” “Promises made, and promises for the first time were kept.”
Eric Trump also criticized Joe Biden for being in politics for such a long time, suggesting that as a career politician he cannot relate to the working, business people of America.
Cuban-born Jeanette Nunez, Lt. Governor of Florida, told a brief story of her family’s life in Cuba under Fidel Castro. She condemned Democrats and the “radical left” for daily “peddling dangerous ideologies”, cowering to global powers, and normalizing socialism. She framed our choices in this election to be choosing a dark road of chaos and government control under Democrats, or choosing freedom and opportunity with Trump, and framed voting for Trump as rejecting the socialist takeover of our nation.
An unique addition to the night was a naturalization ceremony for 5 brand new American citizens. President Trump attended the ceremony, and read a written statement from each of the new citizens aloud as he welcomed them to our “American family” and commended each of them for “following the rules” and embracing the laws. “You’ve earned the most prized… possession anywhere in the world. It’s called American citizenship.”
The closing speech from Melania Trump offered a tone of encouragement as she expressed sympathy for the many who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. The First Lady stressed the importance of kindness and compassion to get us through this difficult time, offered her personal story of longing for the American Dream before she came to the United States, and urged media to use their power to bring awareness to rampant opioid addiction across the country and to help end stigmas that prevent young addicts from asking for help.
The overall feel of the night, again, seemed to be an attempt to preserve as much of a traditional live event atmosphere as possible.
Night 2 of the DNC began by endorsing progress for Americans of all walks of life, and steady, inclusive leadership that understands the value of each of us being treated with dignity and respect.
Criticisms of President Trump were more stern and serious than they were on day one, and the primary focuses centered again around unity, empathetic leadership, protections for working families, a need for climate change measures and more affordable healthcare.
Among the night’s commendations of Joe Biden were his empathy, his understanding of the life and struggles of working families, his experience sending a child off to war, his willingness to work with health and environmental experts, his many years of service putting our country first, and his ability to be a leader that unites us all to work together.
The Pledge of Allegiance was again presented, and video montages were shown endorsing the American Dream, and a united America with room for conservatives, liberals, and people of all skin colors and national origins.
Climate change, systemic injustice, voting rights, and the economy were discussed, and calls were made for American-made clean energy, jobs, infrastructure, and environmental practices, and for the banning of business practices that exploit workers. Segments were presented promoting Joe Biden’s efforts to support small businesses and working families, to create and protect jobs for American workers, and to protect women who have been victims of violence.
Stories of hope from citizens around the country were shown - small business owners, immigrants, and more, as well as stories of Americans in dire health crisis, struggling to afford treatment. President Trump was criticized for suing to “take healthcare away from.. families”, in the middle of a pandemic, and promotions were given for extending and expanding the Affordable Care Act with aims to prevent coverage denial due to preexisting conditions. Other calls were given for lowering prescription drug prices, bringing down the cost of health care, and offering tax credits for working families.
Former President Bill Clinton condemned Trump as a bully that perpetually shifts blame and shirks responsibility, and a video clip was shown of Joe Biden in a former address, criticizing President Trump for “instilling fear, sowing division, stroking racial division, uncutting every institution that was designed to check the abuse of power by the president or anyone else…. In order to solidify his base and expand his power.”
President Trump was criticized for what was offered as an attempt to take credit for things he does not deserve. There were comments that President Trump is not the reason for a strong economy at the beginning of his term, but rather he inherited it due to the efforts of the Obama/Biden administration. Former Attorney General John Kerry rather passionately stated, “... Donald Trump inherited a growing economy and a more peaceful world. And like everything else he inherited, he bankrupted it.” He also commended Biden’s hand in successfully fighting an Ebola outbreak.
And among the strongest criticisms of the night, Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates told her story of being fired by President Trump, stating that this action was due to her refusal to defend his “relentless and unlawful... Muslim travel ban” of the United States. She strongly condemned his attacks against the FBI, the free press, federal judges, and others, suggesting that these attacks are intended “to remove any check on his abuse of power” and stating that “he treats our country like it’s his family business”.
The night ended on a softer note, however, with an address from Jill Biden, who spoke of the necessity of love to bring a family together, and offered that the same love offered within families is what we need for each other today in our country. “We’re seeing that our differences are precious, and our similarities infinite.”
Both of these conventions addressed healthcare, working families, small business, jobs, and the economy, and offered strong condemnation of the opposing party.
Both the RNC and the DNC claimed to be in favor of the economy and working families, though they offered differing approaches. The RNC focused more on business owners and the DNC focused more on employees.
The DNC spoke of healthcare in a broad sense, particularly addressing the cost of care. The RNC spoke mostly of The Right to Choose Act, allowing patients with life-threatening illness to gain access to eligible investigational drugs.
The RNC endorsed President Trump for his part in our favorable, pre-pandemic economy, and the DNC attributed our pre-pandemic economy to the Obama/Biden administration.
Both conventions strongly criticized opposition, the RNC offering both direct critique of Joe Biden and generalized critical references (such as “Radical Liberals" and "the Left"), and the DNC critiquing the president and this administration only.
There are still two days left of the RNC, and more breakdowns and comparisons the two conventions will follow.