CLEVELAND, July 19, 2016 — The second night of the 2016 GOP Convention continued where the first night left off.
Opening night of the convention was a hard-hitting affair dedicated to national security. It ended on a softer note with the elegant, graceful remarks from Donald Trump’s wife, Melania.
Liberals are determined to turn Trump into a caricatured monster; convention speakers showed his real, human side.
After the roll call that officially made Trump the GOP nominee, it was time for the speakers.
Trump’s youngest daughter, Tiffany Trump, is rarely seen on the campaign trail, but on this night she was a loving daughter proud to tell the world about her father.
Eldest son Donald Trump Jr. is as hard-working and devoted to family as his famous father. Don Jr. has five children of his own, and he gave a meaningful tribute of his father the businessman and the person.
The younger Trump is far more polished than his father. He moved effortlessly and seamlessly from promoting his father to attacking Hillary Clinton. In addition to politics, he offered plenty of policy in a speech that was far meatier than expected.
He spoke eloquently about the destructive consequences of Dodd-Frank legislation. He attacked a corrupt education system that puts unions above students.
Dr. Ben Carson speaks in a very soft voice, but this political neophyte carries the moral authority of a revered elder statesman. The retired neurosurgeon remains beloved by the party faithful for his kindness. On this night, his job was to smooth out Trump’s rougher edges. As expected, he succeeded.
There was still some hardcore politics. This is a convention, after all.
House Speaker Paul Ryan brings the gravitas with his policy chops. He is the brightest mind in the GOP and eloquently states why fiscal issues are also moral issues. His endorsement of Trump was key in uniting the Grand Old Party.
The evening was not a complete lovefest. Every convention night needs at least one stemwinder.
Monday night saw former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani deliver in spades. Tuesday night had New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivering haymakers. He pulled his punches in 2012 when making the case for Mitt Romney.
Not this time. Christie was in full combat mode.
Christie may be the attorney general in a Trump administration, and he was masterful in prosecuting Hillary Clinton in the court of public opinion. He listed every area in the world Hillary Clinton made worse while she was secretary of state.
After he made his point about each failed hot spot, Christie asked the crowd, “guilty or not guilty?” Christie was repeatedly interrupted by an enthusiastic crowd yelling “lock her up!”
The evening was closed out by West Virginia Sen. Shelly Moore Capito, who pointed out that Hillary Clinton would continue the Obama Administration’s war on coal.
With two of four convention nights in the books, the energized crowd eagerly awaited to hear from the presidential and vice presidential nominees over the last two nights.