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The Republican National Convention: Day 2 in a nutshell

The 2nd night of the RNC presented a more positive view of the second Trump term after the first night’s bleak painting of rising crime, racial unrest and extremist policies the GOP alleged that the Democrats had in store for the country. Melania Trump, who has rarely given long speeches, struck an empathic tone for the country, which has impacted the country deeply. Her speech was different from the bulk of the program, which mostly alluded the central issue voters are most likely to consider during the November 3rd election.

Many speakers looked into the culture war issues that the Trump campaign stressed on years ago, in an effort to call his loyal supporters to rally to the polls. It was interesting to watch the GOP, whose leadership is majorly white and male, featured mostly diverse and younger speakers on the 2nd night.

The First Lady spoke from the rose garden in the White House and stated in her speech, ”I want to acknowledge the fact that since March, our lives have changed drastically. The invisible enemy, COVID-19, swept across our beautiful country and impacted all of us. My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one. ... I know many people are anxious and some feel helpless. I want you to know you are not alone." Although there was no mention of the impact of the virus, she showed far more empathy towards those infected than the President himself.

The first lady also touched on the racial tensions in the country and said, ”It is a harsh reality that we are not proud of parts of our history, I also ask people to stop the violence and looting being done in the name of justice, and never make assumptions based on the color of a person's skin." Melania recalled how the public underestimated her husband years ago and argued that he then fought for people who felt alienated from politics and Washington, and would do the same during his second term.

The other speakers of the night commended Trump for his help in growing the economy. They claimed his trade deals, tax cuts and deregulation have bought new opportunities for the people. These speeches again only talked about the pre-pandemic economy, and did not touch upon the ongoing economic problem.

Larry Kudlow, economic advisor to Trump, claimed that the Trump regime has actually initiated a turning point and economic recovery has begun. He branded the tax cuts a roaring success and went on to claim how Biden would reverse every GOP policy made in the Trump administration.

Political events are traditionally held off campus and questions about violations of the hatch act are flying around, as the act bars federal employees from working on campaigns from the white house, these were underscored by the white house legal counsel and has said that it doesn't apply to the president and the vice president, but up tiil now members of both parties have used the property as a political battlefield.

Trump even put up a show of publicly naturalizing people and pardoning a criminal during the prime time televised convention program.

The AG of Kentucky Dan Cameron took to his issue with Biden's comments in which he said that the black community is monolithic. He said, "Mr. Vice President, look at me. I am black. We are not all the same, sir. I am not in chains. My mind is my own, and you can't tell me how to vote because of the color of my skin." This influence with black voters may be undermined by the criticism against his office for the investigation of the Breonna Taylor case.

With a deeply divided voter base and a small margin being undecided Trump needs his supporters in large numbers with less than 10 weeks to go. It shall truly be a spectacle to see what happens next.


Reporter: Jovan H

Bangalore, India | epicenter.newsmedia@gmail.com

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