Before the conventions, Donald J. Trump knew he was going to be outgunned in terms of star power, so he did what he always does: he bragged and lied about how the Republican convention “wouldn’t be the usual boring parade of politicians” … the entertainment value would have us all riveted to our seats…. and of course, the ratings would be HUGE. That type of reality show delivered us his 3rd wife Melania, ripping off Michelle Obama, his chief rival Benedict Arnold Cruz wearing a political suicide vest shockingly telling people to “vote their consciences,” and an angry, nasty, all-about-me-as-your-savior Trump acceptance speech that drew the same number of viewers that “choker, loser” Mitt Romney had in ’12. On July 4, the Associated Press had been reporting sterling fake optimism:
Trump’s team says he’s up to the challenge. “This is not going to be your typical party convention like years past,” said Trump spokesman Jason Miller. “Donald Trump is better suited than just about any candidate in memory to put together a program that’s outside of Washington and can appeal directly to the American people.” …Ivanka Trump predicted in a recent radio interview the GOP convention would be “a great combination of our great politicians, but also great American businessmen and women and leaders across industry and leaders across really all sectors, from athletes to coaches and everything in between….I think it will be a convention unlike any we’ve ever seen,” she said. “It will be substantive. It will be interesting. It will be different. It’s not going to be a ho-hum lineup of, you know, the typical politicians.”
Hillary Clinton’s convention stole Ronald Reagan’s sunny attitude about America’s best days being ahead of it, with plenty of military heroes and police officers for good measure. Finally the pre-speech bio on Thursday narrated by God.
Trump’s was voiced by Jon Voight.
Slight image edge to the Democrats. I was worried when Chelsea Clinton played the dangerous “mommy read ‘Goodnight Moon’ to me” card, but that turned out to not be a problem.
Just like he learned from Vince McMahon in wrestling, when the ref catches you doing something illegal or just plain crappy you put up your hands, walk away, and say, “who, me?” Mediaite reports that the New York Times asked Trump about why his convention seemed haphazardly thrown-together, unlike the very coordinated and on-message Democratic convention and unlike Republican conventions of the past. “I didn’t produce our show — I just showed up for the final speech on Thursday,” he responded. In other words, Trump takes no responsibility, blames everyone else…. just the kind of “buck doesn’t stop here” presidency we all hope for. There’s that invaluable, convincing, “we need a successful businessman like Trump” leadership on display.
If you saw this moving moment on Thursday: Khizr Khan, the Pakistan-born immigrant whose son Humayun was killed in Iraq in 2004, lecturing Donald Trump and asking if Trump had ever read the constitution he pulled out of his pocket…..
…. if you saw that moment you most certainly weren’t watching Fox News, now Roger Ailesless, which did its best to not broadcast the Democratic Convention while pretending to do so. They covered up literally every moment from the podium before 10:00 Eastern, running opposition guests on impossible-to-preempt OReilly and Kelly and usually squeezing the silent convention picture over to the side. For exactly what your grandpa saw when Mr. Khan was speaking, see Slate’s great piece here.
In the end, the two conventions really ended up being Mourning in America vs Morning in America. It’s our choice come November.