By Jim Bowman
May we have a look at the Republican convention thru AP eyes?
Special Coverage: Republican National Convention
President Donald Trump aggressively asserted control over the Republican National Convention on Monday, overshadowing the prime-time speakers, as he made clear he wants voters to focus on him.
Takeaways from the first night of the convention:
- An omnipresent convention presence: On Monday, Trump soaked in gauzy homage from supporters. He watched triumphal footage of his presidency and attack ads on Joe Biden. And he inserted himself in the program several times, a likely preview of the next three days.
- Diversity counter-programming: Republicans aren't known as the party of diversity. But on Monday, the party showcased two of its stars, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina and the state's former governor, Nikki Haley, to try to tell a different story.
- Be afraid. Be very afraid: "Make no mistake: No matter where you live, your family will not be safe in the radical Democrats' America," Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who pointed firearms at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their house in June, were to say. The apocalyptic messaging comes as Trump's campaign strategists are aiming to motivate their base with dire warnings of a Biden win.
- Virus in remission at RNC: The Republican National Convention is a testament to the campaign Trump wishes he could run. The lineup and themes of the convention made mentions of the COVID-19 pandemic only in the context of what were portrayed of Trump's successes. Even the setting of the program is meant as a rebuke to the virus. The president has insisted on the trappings of a convention, including in-person, live speeches.
And then consider which news agency supplies so much to your daily news reading possibilities. And if you're a Dem, feel vindicated, if a GOP-er, feel mad . . .
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