Mike Pence
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivers his acceptance speech as the 2020 Republican vice presidential nominee during an event of the 2020 Republican National Convention held at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., August 26, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Vice President Mike Pence addressed the nation from Fort McHenry, the site of the battle that inspired the national anthem (“our flag was still there”), and used it as the spine of his case for four more years of the Trump administration.

“The heroes who held this fort took their stand for life, liberty, freedom and the American flag,” Pence said in his speech to accept the nomination for Vice President at Thursday’s Republican National Convention. “And those ideals have defined our nation. But they were hardly ever mentioned in last week’s Democratic National Convention. Instead, Democrats spent four days attacking America.”

In response to those attacks on Trump, Pence defended Trump like a brother, acknowledging their differences but expressing admiration for his actions. “He does things in his own way, on his own terms,” Pence said. “Not much gets past him. And when he has an opinion, he is liable to share it. He certainly has kept things interesting, but more importantly, President Donald Trump has kept his word to the American people.”

Pence also offered his own thoughts on the summer of protests after a series of police actions that resulted in the killing of unarmed Black men and women. He defended the police and said no one would be safe in Joe Biden’s America, while also stating that tearing down statues was not free speech. “The violence must end,” Pence said. 

Some outlets such as the Washington Post called Pence’s speech “fantasyland,” but the speech was generally well-received by the media, with “Fox Sunday Morning” host Chris Wallace — who, by the way, also gushed over Biden’s speech — stating that Pence “offered a strong a case as you can imagine for the Trump record.” He took some liberties with Trump’s response to COVID-19, Wallace said, but “that happens in political speeches.” 

Other notes from the convention:

• U.S. House candidate Madison Cawthorn spoke from his wheelchair and referred to his car crash at 18, saying he could relate to Americans this year: “I know a thing or two about adversity.” He then stood at the end of his speech. 

• A host of women speakers talked about Trump’s support of them, including Kayleigh McEnany, his press secretary, who spoke about his kindness after her preventative double mastectomy. 

• Here’s a guide for tonight, the final night of the convention. Trump is expected to give a speech accepting his nomination for president. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Top 12 Lines of Mike Pence’s Republican National Convention Speech – Breitbart – 8/26/2020
Democrats spent four days attacking America. Joe Biden said we were living through a “season of American darkness.” But as President Trump said, “Where Joe Biden sees American darkness, we see American greatness.”

Mike Pence’s contemptible convention speech: A fable of failure, culture war and corruption – Salon – 8/27/2020
Vice President Mike Pence’s appearance as the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday was an ill-timed booking that mostly served to highlight his role in the Trump administration’s failed response to COVID-19, its continued culture wars and its blatant corruption.

RNC Night 3 Pulls No Punches, Delivering Triumphant Outsider Challenge To All Of DC – The Federalist – 8/27/2020
For the third straight night, the Republican National Convention (RNC) gave the stage to regular Americans to tell the stories so many of us live but so few of us hear from a clucking corporate media. From tears to triumph, three nights of speakers have shared uncomfortable stories and made bold statements that are unprecedented in the modern age of televised political conventions, pointing to what political outsiders can achieve when not hobbled by conventional wisdom.

Those who like government least govern worst – Vox – 8/27/2020
No previous Republican presidents, or previous Republican presidential nominees, are speaking. History, for this Republican Party, began on June 15, 2015, when Donald J. Trump descended a golden escalator.

Pence Labels Biden ‘Trojan Horse for the Radical Left’ in RNC Acceptance Speech – National Review – 8/26/2020
Pence juxtaposed Biden’s moderate branding with his policy positions, including his support for “open borders, sanctuary cities and free lawyers and healthcare for illegal immigrants.” He also pointed out that Biden’s policy commitments would require raising taxes “by nearly 4 trillion dollars.”

The Republican convention is proof that traditional Republicans have given up – The Guardian – 8/27/2020
The Republican national convention is the Trump show, and all the Trumps are being rolled out, even the black sheep, Tiffany.

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