Night one of the Republican National Convention was a stark contrast to last week's DNC. The night was called "Land of Promise" and it delivered. The convention started with the delegates gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina to renominate President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
RNC Chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel opened the evening program that set the tone for the night.
President Trump earlier in the day made an acceptance speech to the room of delegates. He also made an appearance last night, having a heartfelt discussion with the Coronavirus front line workers and giving a sincere thank you to them for all their hard work keeping America safe and running during the virus outbreak.
A rising star in the Republican Party Kim Klacik reminded viewers of the devastation caused by Democrat-run cities, particularly the city is she is campaigning to represent, Baltimore, MD, which has been in Democrat control for over 50 years.
In one of the most passionate speeches of the evening, Kimberly Guilfoyle spoke about Trump's America First agenda and being the Law and Order President. She went on to say the Democrats want to "destroy this country, and everything that we have fought for and hold dear.” She added, “They want to steal your liberty, your freedom. They want to control what you see and think, and believe, so they can control how you live.”
The former Fox News host urged Americans to reject the left. “Don’t let them kill future generations, because they told you and brainwash you and fed you lies that you weren’t good enough.”
“In President Trump’s America, we light things up, we don’t dim them down. We build things up. We don’t burn them down. We kneel in prayer and we stand for our flag.”
Herschel Walker spoke about a 37-year friendship with President Trump stating, "He taught me that family should be the top priority. I watched him treat janitors, security guards, and waiters the same way he would treat a VIP. He made them feel special because he knew they were." He continued, "He understands that they are the people that make this country run. They clean, they cook, they build, they drive, they deliver. He told me 'Herschel, make an effort, get to know people, remember their names'. That stuck with me."
Maximo Alvarez reminded us that we should not let communism take over this country. He spoke about what it has done to his family and neighbors back home in Cuba. “My family has fled totalitarianism and communism. More than once,” he said. “First my dad from Spain, then from Cuba. But my family’s done running away. By the grace of God, I live the American dream, the greatest blessing I’ve ever had. When I hear the promises, I hear echoes of the former life I never wanted to hear again. I see shadows I thought I had outrun,” he warned.
“I may be Cuban-born, but I’m 100 percent American! This is the greatest country in the world. And I said this before: If I gave away everything that I have today, it would not equal 1% of what I was given when I came to this great country of ours. The gift of freedom.” He continued, “Right now it is up to us, to decide our fate, and to choose. Freedom over oppression. You and I will decide. And here’s what I’ve decided. My decision is very easy. I choose President Trump because I choose America. I choose freedom. I still hear my dad: There is no other place to go. Thank you and may the good Lord bless America.”
Karl Rove commented on Fox & Friends this morning "The production value of the Republican National Convention was 'high' and the show 'moved quickly'." He continued, “I thought Tim Scott’s speech was terrific, I thought Nikki Haley hit it out of the park. This was a chance to start what they need to achieve.”
Rove brought out his notorious dry-erase board and went on to list five actions the Republicans needed to take and they were evident last night. “This biggest one was promises made, promises kept, they began right from the beginning in strong contrast on three big issues the response to the coronavirus, their “economic visions,” and “law and order” in American cities." He added, "They also, started to humanize Trump, some of the more effective moments were [President Trump] with the front line workers, everybody from a nurse to a truck driver. There was a tension here in the tone. You had some which were red meat aimed at the base. But, a lot was aimed at those swing voters."
And finally speaking to the 2nd term agenda, "We’ll start to see more, I suspect of that second-term agenda. They laid it out on Sunday night in a document … I thought it was a very effective first night.”
Amazon Prime Video live-streamed all four nights of the DNC last week but did not offer a live stream of the RNC on Monday night, according to Breitbart News. "Searching for RNC coverage on Amazon also proved to be more difficult than searching for DNC footage. A search for the term “DNC” brought up Amazon’s live-streams from all four days of the Democratic National Convention last week, while an “RNC” search failed to return anything related to Monday’s convention. Amazon users had to search the term “Republican National Convention” to find any RNC-related content, the report stated."
The Hill is reporting, the RNC viewership on C-SPAN's live-stream was six times that of the viewership of the DNC on its first night. "C-SPAN's live-stream of the first night of the Republican National Convention has attracted nearly 440,000 views, marking a substantial increase over the start of the Democratic National Convention, which drew 76,000 views. The numbers for Monday night come ahead of traditional TV ratings from Nielsen Media Research, which will be released on Tuesday afternoon."