5 Takeaways From The First Night Of The 2020 Republican National Convention

There was a lot of doom and gloom but not much policy.

By Igor Bobic | HuffPost

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign said the Republican National Convention would be a “very optimistic and upbeat” event, but its first night was anything but.

Nearly every speaker who took the stage at an empty auditorium near the White House on Monday predicted fire and brimstone if Democrat Joe Biden becomes president next year, echoing Trump’s tirade earlier in the day after he was formally renominated as the Republican Party’s standard-bearer in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Conservative activist Charlie Kirk opened the GOP convention with a dark warning about a “vengeful mob that wishes to destroy our way of life,” touting Trump as “the bodyguard of Western civilization.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) continued the apocalyptic theme, saying there would be “no refuge for freedom should we fail” to reelect Trump in November.

School choice advocate Rebecca Friedrichs took aim at unions, which she accused of “subverting our Republic” by undermining “educational excellence, morality, law and order.”

“In Joe Biden’s America, we’d be lucky if we could see any doctor,” Natalie Harp, a cancer survivor and member of the president’s campaign advisory board, added in her speech Monday night.

Andrew Pollack, who lost his daughter in the February 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, said he believed “the safety of your kids depends on whether” Trump is reelected. The white St. Louis couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home said that Democrats “want to abolish the suburbs altogether. … These are the policies that are coming to a neighborhood near you,” in one of the evening’s not-so-subtle dog whistles.

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