Well, since I did one on the Democratic National Convention, I thought I might as well do one for the Republican National Convention. The Republican National Convention has just as many, if not more, memorable, and perhaps crazy moments that have happened in its history. So, here we are, the most memorable moments in the history of the Republican National Convention.
The empty chair: Clint Eastwood at the 2012 RNC
After being revealed as the 2012 RNC’s much-anticipated “mystery guest,” actor and director Clint Eastwood appeared onstage and had a conversation with an empty chair, which he said was meant to represent President Barack Obama. Eastwood received applause and laughter from the convention floor, but elsewhere reactions were less enthusiastic, with Rachel Maddow calling the appearance “the weirdest thing I’ve seen at a political convention” and Wolf Blitzer calling it “confusing,” “rambling” and “a big mistake.”
The pit bull: Sarah Palin at the 2008 RNC
The world was introduced to then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at the 2008 RNC, where she made her acceptance speech as Republican nominee John McCain’s running mate. Prior to the convention, more than seven out of 10 Americans had never heard of Palin, according to a Gallup poll at the time.
That all changed after her RNC speech, which “brought the Republican National Convention to its feet” as delegates chanted her name, according to ABC News. During the speech, Palin also delivered one of her famous one-liners — “You know, they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”
The familiar speech: Melania Trump at the 2016 RNC
During the 2016 RNC, many accused Melania Trump of plagiarizing a speech given by Michelle Obama at the 2008 DNC. One section in particular was nearly identical.
“Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values. That you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond, and you do what you say you’re going to do. That you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them,” Michelle Obama said in 2008.
“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,” Melania Trump said eight years later.
Meredith McIver, a staff writer for the Trump Organization, later took the fall.
I either forgot about Melania's speech, or it went right under my radar. Luckily for her it was a staff writer's fault, but still, that one was pretty bad. Does anyone else have a memorable moment to add?