In many ways the night was less like The apprentice and more like those of MTV Cradles, with the White House serving as the backdrop.
It might spark a slew of ethics complaints and lawsuits, but did it make good TV?
Out of curiosity, perhaps. Jon Ponder, pardoned by Trump, certainly had a fascinating story. But less effective was an East Room naturalization ceremony that went on too long, and broadcast networks even skipped the segment for their own commentary.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech, breaking with a tradition of Secretaries of State moving away from politics (imagine the reaction if Hillary Clinton spoke before the 2012 Democratic convention), was generally a recitation of the achievements of the president in matters of foreign policy. It was unclear why Pompeo’s rather staid remarks were even necessary, aside from his own presidential ambition.
Unlike the first night, Republicans showed a bit more messaging discipline in grouping some speeches with the same topic. A series of speeches by small business owners, for example, aimed to bolster Trump for the pre-pandemic economy.
Some of the video segments were better produced, including segments on the women Trump has placed in leadership positions, and one with Mike Pence and the President’s agenda. But too often, the speeches were placed in an incongruous way. Cissie Graham spoke about religious freedom, then she was followed by Nicholas Sandmann, who spoke out against media prejudice, and then he was followed by Pam Bondi, who launched into conspiracy theories about Hunter Biden.
The effect was a bit confusing. As Tim Miller, political director of Republican Voters Against Trump, wrote on Bondi’s Twitter: “If you are not a regular Gateway Pundit reader, this speech is indecipherable.
The theme of the evening was the softer side of Trump, to counter the nearly week-long list of well-known and lesser-known Democratic convention speakers who vouched for Biden’s empathy.
Trump’s pardon and naturalization ceremonies were touted as the benevolent leader’s grand gestures, while a parade of speakers spoke about how Trump has changed their lives, including his son Eric Trump. “I miss working by your side every day, but I’m really proud to be on the front lines of this fight,” Eric said, looking at the camera as if he was sure his dad was on the other. side of the screen.
But even that moment was obscured a bit, as it was followed almost immediately by CNN and MSNBC verifying what he said, and experts at ABC News wondering if the speech was intended for an audience.
The problem for the Trump campaign is that reality creeps into the reality show – and a few pundits have pointed out the omissions. The coronavirus pandemic was absent from many testimonies. Larry Kudlow, the president’s chief economic adviser, even spoke of the virus in the past tense.
There is also the reality of what Trump has said and done over the past three and a half years.
As Rahm Emanuel, appearing as a contributor, said on ABC News, “You can’t start to redraw a picture of who he is. It’s not going to last and he needs it to last through November and beyond. I do not think it is possible.
After a long walk along a colonnade of the White House and in the renovated rose garden, Melania Trump fact address the virus directly, expressing sympathy at the top of his remarks to those whose lives have been lost. “Donald will not rest until he has done everything possible to take care of everyone affected by this terrible pandemic.”
She also spoke about racial unrest and will win applause for some of her lines calling for unity. “We still have a lot to learn from each other,” she said, while calling on people to “come together in a civil manner”.
But she was standing in much the same place where her husband, in numerous press conferences in recent months, has repeatedly pushed back his administration’s handling of the pandemic and fanned the flames of cultural wars.
Joe Biden, meanwhile, tried to inject himself into reality with a replica video at the party. Referring to Kimberley Guilfoyle’s remarks from the first night, Biden wrote: “When they say ‘the best is yet to come’, that’s a threat.
On Fox News, Chris Wallace may have summed up the enduring legacy of the night – a legacy that will likely linger in the form of lawsuits and ethics complaints and plenty of media talk about the Hatch Act. Wallace said that “two or three weeks ago Donald Trump suggested he could give his acceptance speech at the White House and there was an uproar in Washington. Republican Senate leadership said it can’t happen, we can’t have it. This barrier has been completely broken tonight for better or worse.