Republican Convention Day 1: “Make America Safe Again”

Republican National Convention Day 1

By Michelle Marchante

 

“Make America Safe Again” was the theme of the first day of the Republican convention and Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., former New York Governor Rudy Giuliani and Patricia Smith, a mother of one of the fallen Benghazi soldiers, delivered some of the most powerful speeches of the night, leaving the stage to standing ovations, chants and tears.

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, who has become a recent conservative icon in the past few years, spoke on the dangers and troubles facing police, remembering the lost and wounded lives of the Dallas and Baton Rouge officers.

“Ladies and gentlemen I would like to make something very clear: Blue Lives Matter in America,” Clarke said, labeling safety as a prerequisite to making “America Great Again.”

“Many Americans increasingly have an uneasiness about the ability of their families to live safely in these troubling times. This transcends race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age and lifestyle,” he said, citing a recent Gallup poll, which stated that more than half of all Americans- with African Americans at 70%- worry a “great deal” about crime and violence compared to a few years ago.

“Safety is a shared endeavor: it starts with willing acceptance of people to play by society’s rules; a code that we collectively agree upon that…in its foundation is the Rule of Law,” Clarke said.

Former New York Governor, Rudy Giuliani, who served as mayor of New York City during 9/11, hit major conservative campaign points during his speech such as terrorism, the Iran Deal, Benghazi, political correctness and how Hillary Clinton is unfit for the presidency, calling her experience the reason why “she should not be the next President of the United States.”

“Clinton and the Obama administration for political reasons lied about the purpose of the [Benghazi] attacks including Hillary Clinton lying directly to the families of those who were killed, right to their face[s],” Giuliani said. “Hillary Clinton’s answer to Congress about the death of these four brave Americans because of her gross failure as Secretary of State was quote “What difference at this point does it make?”

“Anyone who can say that it makes no difference how or why people serving America are killed should not be entrusted with the awesome responsibility to protect them and us and should not be allowed to be our Commander-in-Chief,” he said.

Giuliani also gave one of the largest Trump endorsement’s of the party to date calling him a leader that will “reassert the nation with the best values to lead the world” and that he was “sick and tired of the defamation of Donald Trump by the media and Clinton campaign.”

“What I did for New York, Donald Trump will do for America,” Giuliani said. During his speech, Giuliani also compared Trump to Ronald Reagan, calling him the president that would make America once again the “shining city on a hill.”

Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, a U.S. information management officer who was one of the American soldiers killed during the Benghazi attack left the crowd in tears as she described her experience of the traumatic event and Clinton’s reaction to it.

“[Sean] was proud to serve his country with the United States Foreign Service,” Smith said. “The last time I talked to Sean, the night before the terrorist attack, he told me, “Mom, I am going to die.”

According to Smith, all security had been pulled from the embassy and no one would give her son a reason as to why.

“The very next day, he was murdered by radical Islamic terrorists,” Smith said. “To this day, I don’t even know why a computer guy like Sean was sent to Benghazi.”

“We lost four brave Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for the country they chose to serve. And, the American people lost the truth…I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son.”

Smith explained how Clinton told her daughter through email that the reason for the Benghazi attack was terrorism but when meeting Smith at Sean’s coffin ceremony she looked her “squarely in the eye” and told her “a video was responsible.”

Smith talked about how she repeatedly asked Clinton to explain to her the real reason why her son was dead and to this day has not received an answer, claiming that whenever she calls the State Department, no one speaks to her, Sean’s mother, because she isn’t “immediate family.”

As Smith mentioned in her speech, just like Clinton, she is a “woman, a mother and a grandmother of two.”

“How could she do this to me? How could she do this to any American family?” Smith questioned the crowd.

“If Hillary Clinton…can’t give us the truth…why should we give her the presidency?”

 

Image retrieved from Flickr.

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