Yesterday night’s RNC theme focused on “Making America Work Again.” Speakers like Speaker of the House Paul Ryan riffed on the message and did great.
The real stars of last night’s show, though, were the Trump kids Tiffany and Donald, Jr. Both gave compelling speeches. Both made their father look great.
Here’s Tiffany’s speech.
Tiffany explained her father’s methods, “to help us find our own way and our own gifts.” She said,”If you do what you love, hold nothing back and never let fear of failure get in the way, then you pretty much figured out the Trump Formula.”
Tiffany is 22 and raised by her mom in California. That she’s even supportive of her father is remarkable.
Here’s Donald, Jr.’s speech. Donald, Jr. has that “it” factor that is difficult to describe but is obvious when you see it. He’s a natural speaker and extraordinarily charismatic.
It’s worth watching the whole speech. Here are some excerpts:
“For too long, our country has been ignoring its problems, punting them down the road for future generations to deal with. In business, I was taught by my father to make the tough investments and decisions today to ensure a brighter future tomorrow. We’ve actually started to believe that solving our great problems is an impossible task. Thats why we need to elect a man who has a track record of accomplishing the impossible.”
“We’ve lost the confidence in our leaders and the faith in our institutions but remember on thing, we’re still Americans and we’re still one country and we’re going to get it all back, we’re going to get it back better than ever before.
I know we’ll get it back because I know my father. I know that when people tell him that it can’t be done, that guarantees that it will be done. I know that when he’s told it’s impossible, that triggers him into action.”
“I’ve seen the look in his eyes when someone tells him that it can’t be done. I saw that look [smiles] a little over a year ago when he was told he couldn’t possibly succeed in politics. Yes, he did. For my father, impossible is just the starting point.”
“His true gift as a leader is that he see the potential in people that they don’t even see themselves.”
“We didn’t learn from MBA’s. We learned from people who had PhD’s in common sense.”
Talking about education, he said,”Growing up, my siblings and I were truly fortunate to have choices and options that others don’t have. We want others to have the same choices and opportunities.”
“They tell us that they’re the experts and they know what’s best.” Trump gives this line sneering and watching it, it resonated.
Watch the whole thing. It indicts the Democrats without naming them. It taps into the fury that Americans feel. It’s optimistic and offers hope. Very good speech.