It’s that time again and the Republicans are in full swing after Monday’s Day 1 of the Republican National Convention. Attendees were anxiously awaiting Mrs. Trump’s speech, the ongoing open carry controversy, details about the near bar room brawl, and hoping to see a glimpse of a newly formed and polished presidential campaign.
The event started promptly at 1 pm on Monday, July 18,th 2016 and the tone, for what would be the main focus of the convention, was set, “Making America Safe Again”. After a moment of silence to honor the lives lost in Baton Rouge, Dallas, and other cities, and with both camps ready to begin their long run towards the White House, the convention began.
Trump’s goal is to offer a new spin on a traditional forum, and USA today reported that, “an official close to the discussions, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak on the record, said Trump is fixated on injecting the program with non-traditional speakers, and a number of planned speeches are being rewritten, unusual for what it is normally a highly scripted affair,” making this year’s convention one for the record books.
All Eyes on Melania Trump
As prime time kicked off, attendees and viewers were excited to see Mrs. Trump taking a more active role as potential First Lady. Introduced by Trump himself, Melania took the stage in a pure white dress, poised with confidence, and ready to address the Republican party.
Melania Trump, a former model, is no stranger to bright lights and crowds of people, and many are calling her address to the RNC “a home run”. Melania Trump started her speech sharing her childhood growing up in Slovenia, speaking about her parents teaching her key morals of love and family values, encouraging America to invest those same values into our future generations of children. As she progressed through her speech, she shifted focus to speaking of Trump’s commitment to projects, determination for success, and ability to see things through to the end, stating, “If you want someone to fight for you, then Trump is your man, and he will never give up!”. Wrapping up her speech Melania spoke about a cohesive nation, eloquently demonstrating that Trump is very much pro-immigration, touching on the idea that Trump wants great things for all Americans, including “Christians, Muslims, the poor, the middle class, and everyone.”
What is Open Carry
Open carry is a term used to describe the practice of openly carrying a firearm on one’s person in plain sight. In recent years, the open carry laws have seen an increase in support from gun advocates, organizations, and those sporting their firearms, however in recent light of the battle between police and civilians, many are wondering how this 2nd Amendment right will evolve in the future.
Open Carry Controversy
As one would expect, everyone was watching the Cleveland, OH city streets as protesters and supporters all arrived while still being allowed to carry their firearms. The LA Times reported that Ohio, among others, currently supports the right and Americans were in no short demand when it came to the presence of guns. Combined with the ongoing protests scattered throughout the day and evening, tensions were high during the first night.
Day 1 of the Republican National Convention started off with a bang, from Rudy Giuliani offering one of the very first personal endorsements for Trump, claiming that “Trump will do for America, what I did for New York” to the long awaited speech from Mrs. Trump, the people gathered at the convention buzzing with excitement and anxious to see how moments play out, and hoping that the Republican party can put opposing views aside and unite once and for all.