By MICHELLE MARCHANTE
The last day of the Republican National Convention ended as a week full of history and firsts for the party, from PayPal founder Peter Thiel being given a standing ovation for openly talking about being a gay Republican Trump supporter, to the amount of records Trump broke since he started his campaign and Trump’s speech itself.
“I build companies and I’m supporting people who are building new things, from social networks to rocket ships,” Thiel said during his speech. “I’m not a politician. But neither is Donald Trump. He is a builder and it’s time to rebuild America.”
Thiel addressed how America’s economy is broken, with Americans being paid less than they were ten years ago and to the rising cost of healthcare and college tuition while Wall Street bankers are inflating “bubbles in everything from government bonds to Hillary Clinton’s speaking fees.”
Thiel spoke of a time back in 1968 when the “world’s high tech capital wasn’t just [Silicon Valley]: all of America was high tech,” and how America’s government was “high-tech, too” but that it’s the opposite today due to our “broken” government that has new fighter jets that are incapable of flying in the rain and a government software that doesn’t even work.
“[W]e must not accept it from our government,” he said. “We don’t need to see Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails: her incompetence is in plain sight. She pushed for a war in Libya and today it’s a training ground for ISIS. On this most important issue Donald Trump is right. It’s time to end the era of stupid wars and rebuild our country.”
Recalling his childhood, Thiel said he grew up with the country’s “great debate” being how to defeat the Soviet Union but in contrast, today’s great debate is on “who gets to use which bathroom,” calling it a distraction from America’s real problems.
“I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all I am proud to be an American,” Thiel said. “I don’t pretend to agree with every plank on our party’s platform but fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline, and nobody in this race is being honest about it except Donald Trump.”
Receiving a standing ovation, Thiel ended his speech asking all Americans to vote for Trump who will “lead us back to that bright future” of America.
Breaking the traditional format where the presidential nominee’s wife introduces him, Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, took the stage and gave a speech that has propelled her-like the other Trump children- into international celebrity trending stardom as she pulled for the women and millennial votes.
“For more than a year, Donald Trump has been the people’s champion, and tonight he’s the people’s nominee,” Ivanka said. “Like many of my fellow millenials, I do not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat…I vote based on what I believe is right, for my family and for my country.”
Ivanka said that real change, the kind that hasn’t been seen “in decades is only going to come from outside the system,” and that it’s through her father-the one who has spent his “entire life doing what others said could not be done” that Americans will know what it’s like to “win again.”
She spoke of the positive values and strong ethics Trump taught her siblings and her, how he’s the kind of guy who helps people he’s never met without expecting anything in return, and his construction sites are melting pots where “men of all background and ethnicities” work alongside women.
“He is color blind and gender neutral,” Ivanka said. “He hires the best person for the job, period.”
According to Ivanka, many times the best person proves to be a woman, as the Trump Organization, she says, has more female executives than male.
“Women are paid equally for the work that we do,” Ivanka said. “[A]nd when a woman becomes a mother, she is supported, not shut out.”
According to Ivanka, the wage gap is no longer based on gender but rather on motherhood with married mothers making 77 cents to a man’s dollar while single woman without children make 94 cents to a man’s dollar.
Ivanka herself is a working mother with three young children and while she recognizes that she is more fortunate than others she knows families “need relief” and policies that help women with children “thrive” should be a norm, not a novelty.
“Politicians talk about wage equality, but my father has made it a practice at his company throughout his entire career,” Ivanka said. “He will fight for equal pay for equal work, and I will fight for this too, right along side of him.”
Under a President Trump, Ivanka said, the economy will be fixed, because unlike others, Trump knows how to make something happen and he will deliver.
According to Ivanka, Trump can’t stand to see empty main streets, boarded up factories, college graduates full of debt and mothers suffering with unaffordable childcare.
“Other politicians see these hardships, see the unfairness of it all, and they say I feel for you. Only my father will say I’ll fight for you,” she said. “Politicians ask to be judged by their promises, not their results. I ask you to judge my father by his results.”
“Judge his values by those he’s instilled in his children. Judge his competency by the towers he’s built, the companies he’s founded and the tens of thousands of jobs he’s created.”
Besides breaking records such as winning the most votes in Republican history, Trump’s nomination acceptance at an hour and 16 minutes, broke the record for the longest nomination speech, which was previously held by Bill Clinton in 1972.
Besides being record breaking, Trump’s speech has been labeled as his best and most presidential speech to date, with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani saying that he found the speech to be even better than Ronald Reagan’s during an interview on Hannity.
Thanking everyone for the nomination that he so “humbly and gratefully accepts,” Trump said that he would lead the Republican party back to the White House and the country back to “safety, prosperity, and peace.” Trump promised that America would be generous and warm but would also “be a country of law and order.”
“Our Convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police and the terrorism in our cities threaten our very way of life,” Trump said. “Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.”
“The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead,” he said. “I will present the facts plainly and honestly…so if you want to hear the corporate spin, the carefully-crafted lies, and the media myths, the Democrats are holding their convention next week.”
“But here, at our convention, there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth and nothing else.”
Trump listed facts from the rise in criminal activity to the amount of deaths by shootings in places like Chicago, to the rise of officers who have died in the line of duty and the amount of illegal immigrants with criminal records are “roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens,” all under the watch of the Obama-Clinton administration.
He spoke of a girl named Sarah Root, a 21-year-old college graduate with a 4.0 Grade Point Average, that was killed one day after graduation by an illegal immigrant. According to Trump, her killer was released and is now a fugitive from the law.
“But to this Administration, [Sarah] was just one more American life that wasn’t worth protecting. One more child to sacrifice on the alter of open borders,” Trump said.
Trump spoke of how there is more poverty in America today then there was eight years ago before Obama took his oath, with 58% of young African Americans unemployed and 2 million more Latinos, besides another 14 million people, who Trump says, has completely left the workforce.
“President Obama has doubled our national debt to more than $19 trillion, and growing,” he said. “[W]hat do we have to show for it? Our roads and bridges are falling apart, our airports are in Third World condition and forty-three million Americans are on food stamps.”
Changing the speech’s tune to international affairs, Trump reminded the crowd of the sailors who were “forced to their knees by their Iranian captors at gunpoint” right before the Iran Deal, which gave Iran $150 billion back with no compensation for the United States, was signed, of how Obama drew a red line in Syria that the “whole world knew it meant nothing,” and how our consulate in Libya, the “symbol of American prestige around the globe was brought down in flames,” and how this all happened when Obama put Hillary Clinton in charge of foreign policy, something that Trump is sure Obama now regrets.
“America is far less safe-and the world is far less stable- than whan Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign policy…Her bad instincts and her bad judgement-something pointed out by Bernie Sanders- are what caused the disasters unfolding today,” Trump said.
Before Clinton was in charge, Trump said, Libya cooperated, Egypt was peaceful, violence was reducing in Iraq, Iran was full of sanctions and Syria was under control but after four years of Clinton, Trump said that “ISIS has spread across the region and the world,” that Libya is “in ruins and our Ambassador and his staff were left helpless to die at the hands of savage killers.”
The military, according to Trump, had to retake Egypt from the radical Muslim brotherhood, that Iraq is “in chaos,” Iran is on the way to getting nuclear weapons and Syria is in a civil war along with a “refugee crisis that now threatens the West.”
“This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction and weakness.”
According to Trump, the only way things will change is if the country has politicians that will put America before themselves.
Trump claims that he will not only bring safety back to neighborhoods, create secure borders and protect America from terrorism but that he will create millions of new jobs through reforms that will bring new wealth to the country so that America can be rebuild.
“I AM YOUR VOICE,” Trump said, saying that he has visited laid-off factory workers, communities destroyed by “unfair trade deals,” has “embraced crying mothers who have lost their children” because of politicians who put their “personal agendas before the national good.”
“Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it,” Trump said. “I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders- he never had a chance.”
Trump is positive that Sanders supporters will join him instead of Clinton because Trump will fix Sanders “biggest issue: trade.”
With his vice president, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, Trump said that together they will bring “the same economic success to America that Mike brought to Indiana,” and that he will “restore law and order” to America, calling himself the “Law and Order” candidate.
One of the ways to make life in America safe again, Trump said, is by addressing the outside threats such as radical Islamic terrorism, mentioning the attacks of 9/11, the Boston marathon, San Bernardino, the Tennessee military recruiting center, and the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.
“As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBT citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology,” he said.
To stop these terrorists attack, besides abandoning the “failed policy of nation building and regime change that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria,” Trump said that we must work with “our greatest ally in the region, the State of Israel.”
Trump said that by ending the border “catch-and-release” human smuggling and violence will end, illegal border crossings will go down and peace will go up. Besides enforcing the law again, he said that he will focus on bringing jobs back to America while his opponent, “wants to put the great miners and steel workers of our country out of work.”
“My opponent asks her supporters to recite a three-word loyalty pledge. It reads: “I’m With Her,” Trump said. “I choose to recite a different pledge. My pledge reads: “I’m With You- The American People.”
After hitting all the points of his campaign: from illegal immigration, national security and jobs, Trump ended the night with a last promise:
“I’m With You, and I will fight for you and I will win for you…We Will Make America Strong Again. We Will Make America Proud Again. We Will Make America Safe Again and We Will Make America Great Again.”
Michelle Marchante is a guest contributor at The Buzz Insider and the Assistant Opinion Director at FIUSM. She is a writer, reader and filmmaking enthusiast. Currently, she is studying to get her degree in Broadcast Journalism and is also working on her second novel. Connect with her on Twitter @TweetMichelleM
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