A rebellion, broadcast live on national television. A plagiarized speech, lifted from Michelle Obama, of all people. Open fighting with the Ohio Republican Party. Donald Trump cutting off the most emotional speech of the night because he just HAD to call in to Bill O’Reilly right at that moment to tell the world he is not a racist. Rudy Giuliani ranting and raving in a truly uncharacteristically unhinged manner. Trump’s wife wrapping up the biggest portion of the evening 30 minutes early…followed by a bizarre, meandering Lieutenant General giving the least disciplined speech by a military officer…ever? Video of the convention hall emptying out an hour before the final speaker (arguably the evening’s biggest political star) goes onstage.
What a joke.
Of course, this in and of itself isn’t surprising, we’ve been saying for weeks that this convention was destined to be a punch line. Like the candidacy of the nominee, there was no substance to even the speeches that were delivered on time. All sizzle, no steak. And when we get to Thursday night, you can be sure that the grill will be just as devoid of real meat. Just “win win win win win, America is a post-apocoplyptic wasteland full of idiots and losers but I’m going to make us win win win win win win win win.”
What is surprising – even to us – is just how poor the production of the day was. Say what you will about Donald Trump, the man knows how to put on a show, as evidenced by his crazy Chris Jericho-esqe entrance. Aside from that moment (while off-putting in its lavishness was still striking), nearly everything else was a mess. Even the timing was poor with the headliner (Melania) being followed by the worst speaker of the evening.
Trump’s one basic strength throughout his entire life has been that he knows how to project the image of himself that he wants you to see.
Yet there was his wife, who to her credit gave people something else to talk about aside from the convention floor rebellion and UNRELENTING doom and gloom of every speaker that preceded her, reading portions of Michelle Obama’s speech from 2008! No one had five minutes to take her speech and run it through a FREE Grammerly check?
Go ahead and try it now for yourselves. Here is just one of the paragraphs in question:
“From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily lives. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son. And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
So the one thing Trump is supposedly legendary at – that we KNOW he is good at, simply due to the fact that he is where he is right now – putting on a strong show…he can’t even manage to pull that off DURING THE FIRST DAY OF HIS CONVENTION! It’s just another example of the continuing incompetence of the most unready for office party nominee, quite possibly in HISTORY.
These aren’t simple missteps from a novice politician that can be corrected as the Trump campaign continues to mature. They reflect directly on the man’s inattention to detail. This is supposed to be his time. And you know what? It is. This who Trump always has been and always will be.
And all of you who voted for Trump, who said “just wait until he gets started on Hillary” – you are getting precisely what you deserve.
John Weaver, Kasich’s senior political adviser, said the attacks were clearly coordinated, adding it was “symptomatic of what’s coming out of the Trump campaign.”
Weaver also called the Trump campaign a “clown show.”
You got that right.