Donald Trump Jr. Talks About 'the Greatest Country on Earth' and Other Major Moments from RNC Night 1

August 24, 2020 - 4:37 pm

Monday evening marked the RNC's first primetime event. Notable speakers on night 1 included former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, Donald Trump Jr., and Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who came to national attention after pointing guns at protesters marching past their home in June.

Here are the biggest moments from night 1 of the 2020 Republican National Convention:

Tim Scott talks about his journey to the Senate

Senator Tim Scott talked about his upbringing and how he came to be in the Senate.

"I failed my freshman year of high school – four subjects…Spanish, English, world geography, and civics," he says. "Trust me, after spending 7 years in the Senate, I know I’m not the only one in Congress who failed civics."

"Joe Biden said if a Black man didn't vote for him, he wasn't truly Black. Joe Biden said Black people are a monolithic community. Joe Biden said poor kids can be just as smart as white kids. And while his words are one thing, his actions take it to a whole new level," Scott shared.

Donald Trump Jr. speaks to his father's character

Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., took the stage to talk about how his father has made "the American dream" become a reality.

He talked about President Trump's successes in acting on the coronavirus pandemic. "Fortunately, as the virus began to spread, the President acted quickly and ensured ventilators got to hospitals that needed them most. He delivered PPE to our brave frontline workers. And he rallied the mighty American private sector to tackle this new challenge."

He goes on to talk about the importance of keeping the police funded. "Everything starts with safety and security. You can't have anything else without it. You can't focus on building a better future for your children without the peace of mind that they can study safely in their classrooms, play safely in their neighborhoods, and sleep safely in their beds."

"America is the greatest country on Earth. But my father's entire worldview revolves around the idea that we can always do even better. Imagine the life you want to have - one with a great job, a beautiful home, and a perfect family. You can have it," he concludes.

Nikki Haley defines the President's successes

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley took the stage to talk about her endorsement of Donald Trump. She began to talk about Trump's successes against Joe Biden's alleged failures.

"The President has a record of strength and success. The former Vice President has a record of weakness and failure," she said.

"At home, the President is the clear choice on jobs and the economy. He's moved America forward while Joe Biden has held America back," she continued. "Joe Biden and the socialist left would be a disaster for our economy. But President Trump is leading a new era of opportunity."

"There's one more important area where our President is right. He knows that political correctness and 'cancel culture' are dangerous and just plain wrong," she said.

"America is a story that's a work in progress. Now is the time to build on that progress, and make America even freer, fairer, and better for everyone," she said amongst other remarks about her upbringing.

"In this election, we must choose the only candidate who has and who will continue delivering on that vision. President Trump and Vice President Pence have my support," she concluded.

Kimberly Guilfoyle shares passion for her country

Kimberly Guilfoyle began her speech about what she believes the world would look like under the Democrats' control.

"The same socialist policies which destroyed places like Cuba and Venezuela must not take root in our cities and our schools," she said.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey stand up for their right to bare arms

Mark and Patricia McCloskey began to speak about the actions they took against protesters. The pair are known for pointing guns at protesters outside of their home in St. Louis, Missouri.

"What you saw happen to us could just as easily happen to any of you who are watching from quiet neighborhoods around our country," Patricia McCloskey began.

"Not a single person in the out-of-control mob you saw at our house was charged with a crime. But you know who was? We were," Mark McCloskey explained. "They've actually charged us with felonies for daring to defend our home."

"Make no mistake, no matter where you live, your family will not be safe in the radical Democrats' America," Patricia McCloskey explained.

Vernon Jones speaks for Black communities

Georgia State Representative Vernon Jones, a self-proclaimed life-long Democrat, took the stage to talk about the ideas of Black communities voting for President Trump in November.

"Joe Biden has had 47 years to produce results, but he's been all talk and no action," he said.

"The President also built the most inclusive economy ever," he said. "He put the interest of American workers and especially Black workers first."

"Democrats have turned their backs on our police officers," he continued, outlining how the Democratic party allegedly feels about police work in the United States.

Natalie Harp talks about her personal experience with illness

Cancer survivor Natalie Harp talked about her experience waiting for authorization of clinical trials that would later save her life. "With the coronavirus, everyone knows what it feels like to be waiting for a cure," she said.

She then went on to describe the dangers of Joe Biden's America.

"For in Joe Biden's America, China would control our drug production. We'd be one step closer to government-run healthcare. We wouldn’t just be unable to keep our doctors, we’d be lucky if we could see any doctor. Even then, some of us would be denied care," she explained.

Jim Jordan talks protests

Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan talked about the failings of the Democratic party to handle protests and riots.

"Democrats won't let you go to church, but they'll let you protest. Democrats won't let you go to work, but they'll let you riot. Democrats won't let you go to school, but they'll let you loot," he said.

"America's best days are still in front of us," he said.

Trump salutes frontline workers

The program continued with a video showing WHO officials and Democrats downplaying the coronavirus, followed by a salute from President Trump to those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

He then stood among other front line workers and spoke to them about the actions they were taking to keep their businesses alive and fight the coronavirus.

"We've finally started to see some things change and turn around," one of them noted.

Rebecca Friedrich denounces teacher unions

California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs warned against teacher unions stating, "They've intentionally rewritten American history to perpetuate division, pervert the memories of our American Founders, and disparage our Judeo-Christian virtues."

Charlie Kirk talks about the importance of American values

Charlie Kirk, runner of Turning Point USA kicks off the 2020 RNC with a speech about American values. "President Trump was elected to defend the American way of life," he said. He then went on to explain the meanings behind "the American way of life."

He explained that this election is "a decision between preserving America as we know it, and eliminating everything that we love."

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