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Day Two of the Republican Convention: One Week of Honesty on TV Every Four Years
Melania Trump at the RNC, Aug. 25, 2020 (YouTube screenshot)

The evening begins with Larry Kudlow and others discussing how President Trump rebuilt the American economy.

The focus on the economy continues with John Peterson, who started a metals company in Wisconsin. It was a 12-person shop that grew to 165 employees. Then Obama and Biden ruined that growth with restrictive banking regulations that tied their lenders’ hands and left them so tight on capital that their business was imperiled. Along came Trump. He cut the Obama–Biden draconian banking regulations, slashed taxes on small businesses, and restored a climate favorable to business. He dumped NAFTA and renegotiated it into the USMCA Trade Agreement. Mr. Peterson’s revenue increased 25 percent two years in a row. Looking ahead, Peterson begged voters to remember that Biden has promised to raise taxes and will crush businesses with new regulations and with ruinous new trade deals.

One can only hope that the one week of truth that emerges during this four-day convention can overcome 47 other weeks of media bias and lies.

Cissie Graham Lynch, the granddaughter of the Rev. Billy Graham, followed. The Obama–Biden years forced faith groups to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, fought adoption agencies that insisted on placing children in certain kinds of wholesome homes, and pressured schools to allow boys to engage in girls’ sports and to use girls’ locker rooms.

By contrast, Trump supported religious beliefs in court, spoke at the UN about religion, and changed the climate in the White House towards religion. Under Democrat governors, churches are deemed non-essential but marijuana shops are essential. Ms. Lynch praised the president for defending bakers and florists whose religious beliefs prevent them from servicing certain weddings that contradict their Bible beliefs and for backing a football coach’s right to recite a prayer with his team.

Next comes Robert Vlaisavljevich, the Democrat mayor of Eveleth, Minnesota. His city is in the Iron Range. China dumped steel on our markets and slapped tariffs on our products. Biden did nothing. But now the Iron Range has rebounded. Trump rolled back regulations, reduced taxes. That is why this Democrat office-holder is for Trump. Mayor Vlaisavljevich also asks a great question: Biden has “been doing nothing in Washington for 47 years, why would the 48th be any different?”

We now meet Abby Johnson, who worked for Planned Parenthood. This presentation is particularly gripping. In 2009, she was named the Planned Parenthood Employee of the Year, conferred the Margaret Sanger Award. Ms. Johnson notes that she began to notice a racial policy within Planned Parenthood: almost 80 percent of their facilities are strategically located in minority neighborhoods. Johnson was told “abortion is how we make our money.” She is plagued by the memory of when a doctor asked her to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion. As he was vacuuming the unborn life out of the fetus, the doctor joked, “Beam me up, Scotty.” She still remembers not only the horrors of abortion but even the smell. Finally, she left the Planned Parenthood clinic and founded “And Then There Were None,” an organization that has helped 600 abortion workers move out of that field.

And now it is Nicholas Sandmann, that kid from Covington, Kentucky, whose Catholic high school class went to Washington, D.C. to march for life. They went to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and Nick soon found himself at cross-hairs where left-wing media bias intersects with history. He became the face of one of the most shameful incidents in the history of left-wing media and celebrity bias. We saw clips reminding us of how social media piled on to destroy this decent kid because he sought to smile peacefully, while an offensive and troubled character in Native American Indian garb marched right up to him and started beating a drum inches from his face. The idiot celebrities of the Left, along with their media, called this boy’s pleasant smile a “smirk” and called him every vile epithet in the Woke Lexicon. His own Catholic diocese turned on him And his classmates. That was then. But soon after, other sources posted on social media the rest of the video that the leftists had omitted. The Sandmann family sued a broad range of bad actors — that is, people who perpetrated bad actions and also actors who are just plain bad at their craft — for defamation. At latest count, despite nondisclosure agreements that were part of some of his settlements, it seems safe to infer that Nick will be able to afford college, maybe even to buy a college when all the remaining defamation suits settle. None of those defendants will dare go to trial.

We now move to our next topic — the Biden Life of Corruption. He’s a nice guy, right? A man of character (except when he is trying unsuccessfully to tell the truth about something — his life, his academic grades, his class standing, how he met his wife when she was married to someone else, the little stuff). But otherwise a man of character. Last week, the Democrats contrasted Biden from those who use elected political office to help friends and family. But not Joe. Joe is too clean for that. Except …

… Along comes Pam Bondi, former Florida attorney general, to help fill in a few pieces.

We are reminded that Hunter Biden, who knew nothing of natural gas or Ukraine, suddenly was put on the Burisma board by a Ukrainian oligarch while Joe was in charge of doling out American billions to Ukraine or cutting off the money. A few months after Hunter was put on the board, the U.S. State Department started doing business with Burisma. Hunter made over a million bucks on Burisma. And we know there is so much more to that story of corruption.

When Biden flew to China, he brought Hunter along to split the Peking Duck. Hunter and Joe met with Chinese banking partners. Soon after, the Chinese sent millions to a company in which Hunter has a 10 percent stake. Smooth.

And AG Bondi reminds us that a long list of other Biden family members profited enormously as Joe leveraged his political access to cash and to people with cash to spread the loot within the family. His brother, for example, was brought into a company, was made a corporate officer, and soon enough they were hired to build 100,0000 homes in Iraq. The brother had no experience. It is a laundry list of taxpayer millions that went to various Bidens thanks to Joe.

We move to the subject of women. The Democrats and their media wing — ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC — propound lies about President Trump’s perspectives on women’s abilities. For three years and 10 months, we hear those lies. But this is GOP national convention week, the rare opportunity to hear the truth: This president empowered more women to serve on his top team than did any prior president. We are reminded of some names of key players assigned to important roles, including but not limited to:

  • Kellyanne Conway
  • Stephanie Grisham
  • Ronna McDaniel
  • Kayleigh McEnany
  • Katrina Pierson
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders

They speak about his work with women, his trust in them, his respect for them. They are women who are saying that, and the Democrats taught us during the Kavanaugh Hearings that women must be trusted (except for Tara Reade, the half dozen others who have reported personal misconduct by Biden, and the two Black women who claimed they were sexually assaulted by Justin Fairfax, the Democrat lieutenant governor of Virginia). What becomes clear is that we are living in two universes, that of the Left media and that of reality. One can only hope that the one week of truth that emerges during this four-day convention can overcome 47 other weeks of media bias and lies.

Tiffany Trump takes the stage. She has notably matured and evolved in the four years since her 2016 debut. A law school graduate, she now is much more impressive. She reminds us that this election is a choice between Freedom versus Oppression, Results versus Rhetoric. She so rightly bemoans that the corrupt mainstream media manipulate information and thereby impede our freedoms. They stoke division and controversy to breed profit. Meanwhile, our freedoms already are under assault. Americans no longer are safe to speak openly on college campuses and universities. The Left’s Cancel Culture bars free and open discussion, intimidating students to follow an approved party line, and aiming to remove conservative professors, one by one. In such an environment, students with contrary opinions are too afraid to speak. Tiffany Trump tells us that America is built on freedom of thought and expression. The American Way is to seek out the truth and to learn from those with different opinions, too.

(Her father can be forgiven this, because one person cannot solve everything, and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has done many wonderful things, but it may be that one of the single most marked blind spots of President Trump’s first term has been the expansion of Cancel Culture on college and university campuses. I have been a professor for 16 years, and I have seen it firsthand, have heard it firsthand from adjunct professors who are intimidated and beaten into submission, desperate for the income to feed their families, so they either conform to the Left and start preaching ideas and values they vigorously oppose, or they walk away. I have never met a conservative adjunct professor who personally lost out by walking away. They always land somewhere, often better, where they suddenly are free to speak, like new immigrants to America. The ones who lose out are the students who are left with one monolithic leftist faculty — and, by extension, all of us, all of America loses out by having an entire generation brainwashed into thinking there is only one valid ideology. If you have kids in college or in grad school, you know. Tiffany Trump is right that Cancel Culture is one of the key crises of modern America. But Secretary DeVos has not excelled in overcoming this social cancer. It has gotten much worse these past four years.)

Gov. Kim Reynolds, of Iowa, tells us the story the media hides about how rapidly and fully responsive the president has been, in record time even within 24 hours, when natural disasters have struck. Mike Pence then conducts an extended segment, but it is overshadowed next by Ryan Holets, an Albuquerque police officer, who relates how he saw and approached a woman, a pregnant homeless drug addict, about to shoot herself up. Her name is Crystal. He spoke to her about the fetus she would be damaging with her drug habit, but she was hooked. She cried. He told her that his wife and he would adopt her baby, who has been named Hope. Crystal now is approaching three years of recovery. By his one act, this cop saved a life, maybe two.

Pigs in blankets? Do we ever hear these stories in the Democrats’ controlled left-wing media? No, we hear a never-ending litany of bad cops. Sure there are bad cops. There are Bad Everything. There are even bad NFL football players. But we never hear about the Bad Abortionists like Kermit Gosnell, do we? Just about the bad cops. Yet this is the one week in four years that we get a broader perspective and some honesty. Cops fundamentally are good people. They want to make a positive difference, to help save lives, to help protect the law-abiding from the criminals. They answer 911 house calls to pick up elderly people who have fallen to the floor and cannot get up. Did you know that? Officer Holets is one such shining example among thousands. He adds that Trump has provided leadership on fighting the opioid crisis. By declaring the opioid problem a national health emergency, the president was able to direct $6 billion to the fight. He implemented rules for safer prescribing, and opioid prescriptions have been reduced by over a third. Drug overdose deaths decreased in 2018 for the first time in 30 years. That is the Trump record.

And now to immigration. We hear from Jeanette Núñez, the first Latina lieutenant governor in Florida history. Her parents were devastated by the Castro regime and left communist Cuba when he abolished religious freedoms.

We next watch as President Trump attends a naturalization proceeding at which five people are conferred perhaps the greatest gift they could imagine, U.S. citizenship. There is a Black male from Ghana, a Brown male from Bolivia, a woman of color hailing from India, another woman from Lebanon, and another here from Sudan. We hear the words, “You are now fellow citizens of the greatest nation on the face of God’s Earth. Congratulations…. You followed the rules, you obeyed the laws, you learned our history.” The president congratulates each new American. But how can that be? He hates and bans Muslims, doesn’t he? He hates and bans Latinos and South Americans, doesn’t he? So how can he be celebrating these new citizenships?

The answer is simple: This is the one week in four years when we meet the real Donald Trump, not the fabricated ogre concocted by the Democrats and their stooges at CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, MSNBC, and CNN. This is the week that we see that the president is thrilled to welcome new Americans, be they White or Black, Christian or Muslim or Jew, male or female. He just wants them coming in legally and learning our laws, our history, our heritage, and our Constitution. That’s all. That — and not being M-13 animals.

Eric Trump speaks about his dad. Then Daniel Cameron, the first Black attorney general in Kentucky history, speaks glowingly about President Trump. Joe Biden has got to be asking Jill, “Where are all these pro-Trump Black elected office-holders coming from? Vernon Jones of Georgia. Tim Scott of South Carolina. Daniel Cameron of Kentucky. What can Jill answer him — “Joe, you ain’t Black”? Attorney General Cameron warns the Democrats’ rioters: We will not accept an “all-out assault on Western civilization.” He tells Joe Biden, “You can’t tell me how to vote because of the color of my skin.” And he affirms that “the politics of identity, cancellation, and mob rule are not acceptable.”

We move next to Jerusalem overlooking the Old City and the Holy Temple Mount. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is there, on his own dime, to remind us that President Trump is holding China accountable for spreading the coronavirus, stood up to them in trade, and will have China’s spies in America either sent to prison or kicked out of here. Under President Trump, North Korea stopped nuclear tests and long-range missile tests, and the president broke the logjam, securing the release of bodies and return home of American heroes who fell during the Korean War. Pompeo adds that Trump has provided Ukraine with defensive weapons systems that Obama–Biden had denied to deter Russian aggression. But wait — isn’t Trump in Putin’s pocket? Well, apparently not.

The night ends at the White House Rose Garden, as we hear from First Lady Melania. It is a nice speech, but something else is more striking. For nearly four years, the corrupt mainstream media have been suggesting that the Trump marriage is in shatters, that Melania is on the verge of divorcing Donald Trump. That is what they tell us from “unnamed sources,” “inside information,” and all their other fabricated “leads.” But Melania’s speech tells a very different story, not only in its words but in the First Lady’s body language and inflections. It is a very impassioned address that makes clear not only that she supports his reelection but that she is deeply proud to be his wife. She is solid with him. Thus, one more media lie is exposed as the night closes. If only we could get more than one such week every four years to tell this story.

Dov Fischer
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Rabbi Dov Fischer, Esq., is Vice President of the Coalition for Jewish Values (comprising over 2,000 Orthodox rabbis), was adjunct professor of law at two prominent Southern California law schools for nearly 20 years, and is Rabbi of Young Israel of Orange County, California. He was Chief Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review and clerked for the Hon. Danny J. Boggs in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit before practicing complex civil litigation for a decade at three of America’s most prominent law firms: Jones Day, Akin Gump, and Baker & Hostetler. He likewise has held leadership roles in several national Jewish organizations, including Zionist Organization of America, Rabbinical Council of America, and regional boards of the American Jewish Committee and B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation. His writings have appeared in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Federalist, National Review, the Jerusalem Post, and Israel Hayom. A winner of an American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Legal Ethics, Rabbi Fischer also is the author of two books, including General Sharon’s War Against Time Magazine, which covered the Israeli General’s 1980s landmark libel suit. Other writings are collected at
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