It’s not surprising that First Lady Melania Trump is walking away as the headline from ‘Day Two’ of the Republican National Convention – she was the keynote speaker. But it’s also the content of her speech that’s making news. Overall, she made a strong pitch for her husband's re-election.
Speaking from the refurbished White House Rose Garden, she also argued the President Trump’s re-election will be what's best for the country – in spite of the fact that he’s “not traditional” and that he says what he thinks. Mrs. Trump describes her husband as a man who “demands action and gets results.”
But she also addressed the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and expressed deep sympathies to all who have lost loved ones. The First Lady called the coronavirus “an invisible enemy” that has changed Americans' lives drastically. She also called for peace amid ongoing unrest over police brutality and said we must never make assumptions about a person based on their skin color. Among other highlights:
While the overall tenor of the night had a more positive tone than the night before, President Trump's son, Eric, still took several shots at Democrats. He called Democrats radical and said they believe that "America is the source of the world's problems."
The President's youngest daughter Tiffany (Marla Maples is her mother) said her father is the "only person to challenge the establishment, the entrenched bureaucracy, big pharma and media monopolies."
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a controversial speech from Jerusalem and praised Trump's foreign policy – not for content, but for the fact that it happened at all. That’s because no sitting Secretary of State has addressed a national political convention in at least 75 years – and Pompeo himself has directed that State Department employees not participate in such activities. According to MSNBC, the House is now investigating.
In a resoundingly positive moment, the country witnessed a White House naturalization ceremony. President Trump hosted the ceremony as acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf administered the oath of citizenship to five immigrants. Trump called them absolutely incredible people who followed the rules to earn American citizenship. He said there is "no higher honor and no greater privilege" than earning U.S. citizenship. He told the new citizens there is "no dream beyond your wildest reach."