Key Moments from the Third Night of the Republican National Convention

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On the third night of the RNC, some of the Trump Administration’s highest ranking officials spoke, including Vice President Mike Pence and Senior White House Advisor Kellyanne Conway. Additional speakers included Second Lady Karen Pence, as well as several republican governors, congressmen, and senators. Speakers focused on topics including the pandemic, the opioid crisi, praising our military, police budget cuts, and stark criticism of the Democrats.

Senator White House Advisor Kellyanne Conway announced she is leaving the White House by the end of the month after her 15 year old daughter, Claudia Conway, blew up on social media for her differing political views. During her farewell RNC speech, Conway focused on how Trump helped break barriers by enabling Conway to be the first woman to manage a successful presidential campaign, stating, “For many of us, women’s empowerment is not a slogan…It comes from the everyday heroes that nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us.” She explained how Trump and Pence have lifted Americans with spirit and opportunity. She emphasized on how Trump has been combating the opioid crisis, and how money was invested into more recovery and treatment centers to help people stating, “The silence and the stigma that prevents people in need from coming forward is melting away.”

“For many of us, women’s empowerment is not a slogan…It comes from the everyday heroes that nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us.”

— Kellyanne Conway

Second lady Karen Pence gave a speech that avoided both relentlessly admiring president Trump and harshly criticizing the left. Instead, Mrs. Pence recognized the 100 year anniversary of the 19th amendment. She mentioned heroes from women’s suffrage using them as a transition to the evening’s theme: “America: Land of Heroes.” Mrs. Pence then expressed her appreciation for the role the military has played in her life, mentioning her sons, who are respectively in the Marines and the Navy. The Second Lady tried catering to all military families and brought up the challenges and the role of being a military spouse. “President Trump and Vice President Pence have been supporting our United States Armed Forces, including our military families, on a significant scale,” she said. She also mentioned her goals as Second Lady to help military families and veterans as much as possible, stressing the difficulty of returning home from the military. “Many of our veteran heroes struggle as they transition back into civilian life,” she said. “Sometimes the stress is too difficult to manage alone.”

Vice-President Pence delivered his speech at Ft. McHenry in front of a predominantly maskless live audience. He spoke about the soldiers who defended Fort McHenry in the War of 1812, standing for “life, liberty, freedom, and the American flag.” Pence then went on to criticize the Democrats. “They [soldiers] were hardly ever mentioned in last week’s Democratic National Convention,” he said. “Democrats spent four days attacking America. He offered empathy and his prayers towards people in the path of Hurricane Laura, which made landfall a few hours after the RNC before. Pence officially accepted his nomination as the GOP Vice Presidential candidate. After accepting his nomination, Pence recognized his family including his children, wife, and mother.

“If you want a president who falls silent when our heritage is demeaned or insulted, [Trump’s] not your man…[Trump] certainly has kept things interesting, but more importantly, President Donald Trump has kept his word to the American people.””

— Mike Pence

Pence went on to praise Trump. “If you want a president who falls silent when our heritage is demeaned or insulted, [Trump’s] not your man,” he said. “[Trump] certainly has kept things interesting, but more importantly, President Donald Trump has kept his word to the American people.” Pence declared America is on track to having an effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year and recognized the valiant workers on the frontlines of COVID. The current VP then went on to address the violence and protests occurring in many cities over recent police brutality cases. He fails to mention the important reasons for the protests and rather slanders protesters and Biden, “Last week, Joe Biden did not say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country,” he said. “So let me be clear. The violence must stop, whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha, too many heroes have died defending our freedom to see Americans strike each other down.” Pence proceeded to advocate for police before ending his speech giving reasons he believes Trump should be president over Biden. The vice President repeatedly attacked the left and Biden using the popular GOP term “radical.” As Pence’s extremely long speech came to a close he said, “With President Donald Trump in the White House for four more years, and with God’s help, we will make America great again, again.”