Trump’s most high profile defenders had to project onto Democrats the faults that his accusers see embodied in his approach to politics.
“We must choose the only candidate who has and who will continue delivering on that vision,” she said.
A more familiar blast of Trumpism came from the President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., who mocked Democratic nominee Joe Biden as “The Loch Ness Monster of the swamp.”
“It’s almost like this election is shaping up to be church, work, and school vs. rioting, looting and vandalism,” Trump Jr. said.
In many ways, especially in searing speeches by Trump Jr. and a roof-lifting tirade from his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, the evening was a familiar base appeal which confounded GOP promises of an “uplifting” night.
Patty McCloskey, who along with her husband confronted Black Lives Matter protesters outside her home, warned with stark racial suggestion: “What you saw happen to us could just as easily happen to any of you who are watching from quiet neighborhoods around our country.”
Speakers take aim at Biden’s inclusive image
Alarmist attacks on Biden as a kind of Trojan horse for Marxists and radicals who will burn American cities and destroy the country might have been a tough image for moderate voters to recognize.
But the first night also failed to fulfill expectations of a two-and-a-half hour equivalent of the wilder Fox News shows. For cultural conservative voters alienated by Trump’s behavior but not convinced by the Democrats, the message might at least have given the President a second look.
There were far more minority faces featured in speeches and videos held in the convention than are typical in Trump’s cabinet and at his rallies.
“We live in a world that only wants you to believe in the bad news — racially, economically and culturally polarizing news,” Scott said. “The truth is, our nation’s arc always bends back towards fairness. We are not fully where we want to be, but thank God we are not where we used to be. We are always striving to be better.”
Scott’s endorsement may do nothing to improve Trump’s poor standing among African American voters who are crucial in some of the most contested states that will decide the election. But it could be helpful in easing concerns among those Republicans and independents who lean conservative and are attracted by Trump’s populist agenda, but who are discomforted by his racial rhetoric and demagoguery.
Going into the week, Trump’s campaign had to counter a strong impression left by Democrats in their convention last week that the President was unfit for office and exists in a whirl of chaos, racism and raging self-obsession.