There was a lot to take away from this year’s Republican National Convention. Some might’ve called it entertaining, but to those who understood that much of what went on was not a joke, it was perhaps one of the most frightening spectacles to grace the stage of American politics in a very long time.
It’s not easy to limit the discussion to just five events. For the sake of brevity though, here are five of the most jaw-dropping moments that came out of the whole sordid affair, ranked in no particular order of craziness:
Melania Trump Plagiarizes Michelle Obama’s Speech
Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, was found to have borrowed quite liberally (no pun intended) from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech. Here is one video that compares the two speeches side by side:
It was ultimately found that Melania did not, in fact, commit the act of plagiarism herself. The blame was eventually placed on speech writer Meredith McIver, who revealed that she was the one who included the passages from Obama’s speech in Melania’s final draft.
Although it was strange and surreal watching Republicans unknowingly laud the work of Michelle Obama, this widely-publicized event was only the tip of the iceberg in a convention full of weird and wild moments. It wasn’t the most offensive, either.
Steve King Asks What “Non-Whites” Have Contributed To Civilization On MSNBC
In an MSNBC panel led by Chris Hayes, Republican Rep. Steve King from Iowa lobbed an appallingly racist rhetorical question, demanding to know what “non-white” subgroups have contributed to civilization.
“This whole ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie,” King said. “I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about? Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”
This happened, of course, right before Trump’s wife appropriated the work of a distinguished African American woman in her convention speech without giving her a proper citation. Oh the irony…
Ted Cruz Gets Booed Off The Stage, Doesn’t Endorse Trump
Trump’s delegates didn’t take kindly to Senator Ted Cruz’s refusal to explicitly endorse Trump for president. During his convention speech, Cruz asked Republicans to “vote your conscience.”
During the final moments of his speech, Cruz spoke over a chorus of boos, proceeding awkwardly through his final sentences before exiting the stage.
Although Cruz has insisted that he did not speak in “negative terms” about Trump, he has remained convinced that Donald Trump has yet to earn his endorsement. “I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” he recently told the Washington Post.
Looks like Republicans remain far from unified at the moment.
Alex Jones Crashes The Set On The Young Turks, Fight Nearly Breaks Out
Perhaps no event signified the deep hostility between progressive and right wing populism more than the confrontation between Infowars and The Young Turks last night. When right-wing media personality and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones decided to walk onto the set of The Young Turks show without even being invited by the hosts, things quickly got tense and the matter nearly came to blows:
Jones tried to bring Roger Stone onto the set as well to “debate” host Cenk Uygur, but the host was not having it. Uygur, who has been critical of establishment Democrats like Bill and Hillary Clinton throughout his career (though he is likely to vote for Clinton in November), was nevertheless unwilling to entertain the “sick lies” that have often been lobbed against the Clintons by right-wing groups.
Jones eventually made a racist insult against Uygur’s co-host Ana Kasparian, to which Uygur responded by standing up, throwing his microphone to the ground, and shouting at Jones to get off the set. Things finally de-escalated, and the hosts went live again to explain what happened.
Anti-Trump Delegates Fail To Block The Nomination
Not every Republican in attendance was willing to settle for Trump. In fact, a group of anti-Trump pledged delegates came together to try and force a role-call vote that could’ve prevented Trump from officially taking the nomination. Their efforts ultimately fell short:
A shouting match ensued between Trump supporters and the anti-Trump delegation, conflicts that continued to be upheld throughout the convention. The rogue delegation’s plot ultimately failed, and Trump officially took the nomination as scheduled. The Republican Party as we know it has completely collapsed.
It’s been quite a week.
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