Tale of 2 Conventions

The RNC and DNC showed stark contrasts in party unity. The Republicans were united for Trump and swiftly booed Ted Cruz and the anti-Trump contingent off the stage and condemned their actions. The Democrats were in total discord, as Bernie Sanders supporters protested Hillary Clinton’s nomination.


Last week, the Republican Party united around Donald Trump and delivered a humiliating defeat to #LyinTed and the #NeverTrump movement. The lying traitor was booed out of the convention hall and condemned from every corner of the Republican Party, including by his home state’s delegation. The #NeverTrump lame attempts to game delegates failed in front of the entire world.


The roll call of states was a beautiful scene, in which Michigan and Pennsylvania passed as an act of deference so the New York could have the honor of officially pushing Trump over the top. The Trump team reversed their outcome in Alaska walking away with all 28 of the state’s delegates. Though the leader of the Alaska Delegation was unhappy about how the rules were applied, he vowed without compunction to support Trump, who finished with 1,725 delegates. Even some of the #NeverTrump – like Kasich and Jeb Bush had the class to stay away and not ruin the convention. Not one Republican booed or expressed displeasure at Trump during his 75-minute acceptance speech which concluded with the drop of 120,000 balloons. The RNC was a joyful gathering in which people were dancing in the aisles.


CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 21: Delegates dance during the the evening session of the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party’s nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)




Despite the disgusting behavior of Ted Cruz and #NeverTrump, not a single delegate for Cruz or any other losing candidate was ousted from the RNC. Delegations in states Cruz won, in fact couched their roll calls with disclaimers that they were casting their votes as bound, but fully recognized Trump as the winner and vowed to support him in the general. That’s called Unity. It’s also called Fair Play.

For many months, we swore GOP Chair Reince Priebus and House Speaker Paul Ryan were going to use political skullduggery to deny Trump the nomination. Both Priebus and Ryan ensured that the rules were followed fairly, squarely, and without deviation.


Outside the hall, protests were minimal. Both Cleveland Police and private citizens armed with AR-15s and AK-47s kept the peace – not a single shot was fired – a testament to the power and wisdom of our Second Amendment.


Meanwhile, in the City of Brotherly Love, the DNC descended into utter chaos as Bernie Sanders supporters protested inside and outside the convention hall the entire time.

The DNC installed white noise machines over the seating areas of Sanders’ delegations to drown out their angry shouts. Hillary Clinton’s speech was punctuated by boos, protests and delegation signs converted to read “LIAR.”

Normally, the Democrats are the ones who unite lock-step behind their nominees. Not this time. Sanders supporters are not backing #CrookedHillary. Though he gave Clinton a full-throated endorsement, less than 24 hours later, Sanders left the Democratic Party and returned to being an Independent / No Party.

Hillary Clinton’s Husband Falls Asleep During Her Acceptance Speech

Even Bill is tired of the lies, SAD! #trumppence2016

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Hillary Clinton’s Acceptance Speech Punctuated by Protests

White Noise Machines, Paid Seat Fillers, Ousted Delegates


Uniting to Make America 1st

Remember Reagan Democrats? We need to focus on building our broad-based coalition. I have personally welcomed a few Sanders supporters aboard the #TrumpTrain. A Republican cannot win a national election on Republican votes alone. Cross-over Democrats and moderate, and conservative Independents / No Party are necessary.

We have spent the past several months bashing Cruz – and deservedly so, especially with his despicable behavior last week. Thus, we had much fun gloating, and basking in our victory. Again, deservedly so.

We need now, to focus on the big picture and that’s defeating #CrookedHillary. It’s not productive to keep spending time arguing with hold-out supporters of a candidate who lost. We need to leave sore losers behind without becoming sore winners. We need to let Cruz and his supporters, as well as the other strains of #NeverTrump fade into oblivion unless they take an action that goes against the Trump campaign.

We finished our convention happy and united, except for tiny but vociferous minority. The Democrats spent four days in disarray, discord, and rancor.

We have a gold mine of potential support; but we have to mine it – and not waste our time on petulant, selfish, and insignificant sore losers.

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