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Every convention has a motive and a message they are trying to get across to Americans. They're not really speaking to the delegates as much as they're talking through them to the people watching at home. I think that was even more evident with both the DNC and the RNC being watched online more than they would have been in previous years, due to the current circumstances. Each speech has felt very stiff, coordinated, and too alike. It's almost as if everyone got one part of a very long speech, and each speaker was merely saying their part.
Here are some moments that have stuck out to me each night:
Night 1: Mark and Patricia McCloskey
They're St. Louis attorneys who brandished guns at protesters this year. I couldn't see a more polarizing move on the GOP's part for having them there. They made false claims that Biden wanted to "abolish the suburbs", and really made a boogeyman out of their opposition in a very underhanded wink wink, nudge nudge sort of way. Too close for comfort, if you ask me.
Night 2: Naturalization ceremony
It was a pre-taped ceremony that featured 5 citizenship applicants from diverse backgrounds. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf officiated it. According to the New York Times, no president has ever used such a ceremony as a campaign event. One last, but most important thing to point out is that the Government Accountability Office determined that Wolf was breaking the law because he was never lawfully appointed. So these citizenship papers may be null and void.
Night 3: Lara Trump misquoting Abraham Lincoln in her speech.
"Abraham Lincoln once famously said: 'America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves,'" Mrs Trump said, who is married to Donald Trump's second son, Eric Trump.
Fact checkers at both the New York times and USA Today found no records of the 16th president saying those words. It mostly came from a meme that has been widely circulated online.
Night 4: TBD
We'll see how the final night turns out. I'll update with my takeaway from night 4. What moments stood out to you the most?