Liveblogging The Republican National Convention 2016 Night 3
This is getting to be very tedious to watch. It’s ugly. It’s hateful. Yet, the 2016 Republican national convention is the same ugly hate over and over and over. It’s as if there are just three or four set speeches that they rework for each speaker.
Laura Ingraham tells us that the trouble with protesters is that they don’t know the meaning of respect. Has it occurred to her that people protest because they believe that people in power aren’t respecting their constitutional rights? Apparently not. Instead, Laura Ingraham wants to ban certain forms of protest, disregarding and disrespecting the Bill of Rights.
These Republicans drone on and on about Hillary Clinton’s lies, but seem happy to ignore the huge number of lies told by Donald Trump and his presidential campaign, most recently the lies that Melania Trump did not plagiarize her convention speech and that Hillary Clinton was directly responsible for deaths in Benghazi. The available evidence plainly contradicts these lies, but the Republicans on that convention floor seem to believe that lies are only a bad thing when they’re told by someone other than a Republican.
Laura Ingraham can’t even remain consistent for 20 seconds straight. She just preached to the audience, “Let’s reject the politics of division! Let’s defeat the Clinton machine!” There she goes, telling us that we should reject division in one sentence, and then in the very next sentence, she tells us that America should divide between pro-Clinton and anti-Clinton. A child can spot the contradiction. Do the Republicans just not care?
So, a guy who develops casinos just told the audience that Donald Trump always keeps his promises. That’s rich. Trump often refuses to pay the people he works for, and goes bankrupt rather than paying his debts. Why should the American people believe anything said by a guy who starts up casinos, businesses designed to take money away from the most vulnerable people?
The first night, we saw rebellion against Trump from Colorado Republicans. The second night, we saw the delegation of Alaska Rrepublicans revolt against Trump. Tonight, we saw the Republican Party split in two as Ted Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump, and half of the Republican convention shouted boos at Cruz.
By putting Newt Gingrich on stage, the Republican Party is supporting his call to create a federal government board that tests Americans’ religious beliefs, then sends citizens into permanent exile if they fail to comply with the government’s selection of officially approved beliefs. Every schoolchild ought to understand that Gingrich’s plan is in blatant violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution. What makes that even more outrageous is that Gingrich just declared that he’s supporting Donald Trump because, “if you want to protect the Constitution of the United States, the only possible candidate this fall is the Trump-Pence Republican ticket.” Donald Trump has promised to violate the First Amendment freedom of speech and freedom of religion, the Fourth Amendment’s right to protection from unreasonable search and seizure, the Fifth Amendment’s right to protection from self-incrimination, the Sixth Amendment’s right to a fair trial before punishment, the Eighth Amendment’s guarantee of protection from cruel and unusual punishment, and the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law. For Newt Gingrich to say that voting for Donald Trump is a way to protect the Constitution is insane.