Donald Trump Jr. delivers a pre-recorded speech to the largely virtual 2020 Republican National Convention from Washington, U.S., August 24, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

President Donald Trump and a host of Republicans spent most of Day One of their national convention disputing the stark reality presented by Democrats last week. Speakers described a world where the spread of coronavirus wasn’t as bad as Democrats made it out to be and that Trump responded to it much better. Republicans also asserted that Trump made race relations better instead of the divisive nature Democrats say he displayed throughout his presidency. Democratic Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones voiced his support for President Trump’s reelection, acknowledging it was odd to see a Democrat at the RNC before accusing Democrats of “pandering” to the Black community without advancing pertinent causes or legislation.

Several news outlets reported failed fact checks surrounding the event and argued that Republicans distorted the record, but Republicans defended President Trump’s record against last week’s disparaging remarks made by Democrats at their national convention.

“I’ve watched most of the last hour and a half, and what really strikes me is that while we’re calling this a Republican convention, it’s really the Trump convention,” Wallace, the host of “Fox News Sunday,” said Monday night.

That show continues tonight, with an agenda packed with Trump’s family. Every one of Melania Trump’s words will be her own, a spokesperson said Monday in anticipation of the first lady’s speech tonight. Melania Trump faced accusations of plagiarism in 2016 because a portion of her convention address closely resembled remarks from former first lady Michelle Obama years earlier. 

Here’s a guide to what you can expect tonight. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVED

A GOP convention surprise: Trump goes all-in on race – Politico – 8/25/2020
For a president credibly accused of stoking racial fears and divisions throughout his term, Trump, with his choice of speakers, leaned hard into the topic during the first night of his convention on Monday. 

Analysis: Mixed messages at GOP convention highlight ‘Trump First’ party – NBC News – 8/25/2020
President Donald Trump’s re-election message is that America is his. Everything else at the Republican National Convention was a big muddle: China’s a bad actor but Trump wants to make deals with China; Democratic nominee Joe Biden was too tough on crime in the 1990s but is too soft on it now; and the Confederate flag had to come down in South Carolina, but the Trump family won’t let anyone “erase” history.

The Republican National Convention Isn’t Out To Convert Anyone – Reason – 8/25/2020
The first night of the 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC) revolved around an aggressive show of faux-normalcy, mixed with unhinged praise for Dear Leader, fanfic about his administration, and absolutely insane fearmongering about how Democrats will turn the suburbs into Mad Max. Differences between the RNC and last week’s Democratic National Convention were stark. RNC production values were definitely better—from a purely aesthetic standpoint, at least.

Trump and the RNC Flip the Democrats’ Narrative – Real Clear Politics – 8/25/2020
His freewheeling populist/unapologetically vainglorious approach worked great for a game show designed to harshly whittle down GOP candidates, and then swept him into the White House. But considering all 2020 has had to offer, the strategy hardly seemed the antidote for a nation still reeling amid a national pandemic and racial unrest.

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