During the first night of the Republican National Convention (RNC), the party broadcast a pre-recorded speech from former Fox News host and current Trump Jr. girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle. The speech definitely left an impression on folks — at times, she was shouting at the top of her lungs, although she wasn’t even speaking to a crowd, which made the performance into an even stranger debacle. As for the content of the speech, she spoke in bizarrely apocalyptic terms about the upcoming election. On CNN, the network’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta memorably roasted the spectacle and reported that even a couple of campaign advisers had been taken aback.
During a CNN broadcast around 11:30 P.M. on Monday, Acosta said:
‘Optimism really went out the window at this first night of the Republican convention, and at times it sounded like the Rage Olympics, and Kimberly Guilfoyle was going for the gold in her speech at this Republican convention. I talked to a couple of Trump campaign advisers about this — one Trump campaign adviser said that Guilfoyle’s speech was strange in its delivery. This adviser said “Kimberly shouting is weird,” and a second source close to this campaign compared this speech to former Vermont Governor Howard Dean and the Dean scream… This campaign adviser saying “she made Howard Dean look like Low Energy Jeb.”‘
In her actual speech, Guilfoyle said, referring to Democrats:
‘They want to destroy this country and everything we have fought for and hold dear. They want to steal your liberty, your freedom; they want to control what you see and think and believe so that they can control how you live. They want to enslave you to the weak, dependent, liberal victim ideology to the point that you will not recognize this country or yourself… Ladies and gentlemen, leaders and fighters for freedom and liberty and the American Dream — the best is yet to come!’
Check out the video below. It was kooky:
Kimberly Guilfoyle is ***!!!!!!!!!SCREAMING!!!!!!!!!*** pic.twitter.com/0gzoSPySQG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 25, 2020
One funnily notable thing is that in an interview that aired on Fox News shortly before the convention got underway, Trump said he wanted the convention to be positive. It’s the opposite — it features an extreme message of doom and gloom and pseudoapocalyptic calls to support Trump.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 24, 2020