What You Need to Know From Night 1 of the RNC

Donald Trump Jr., Nikki Haley among speakers on first night
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2020 7:31 PM CDT
Updated Aug 25, 2020 6:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Republican National Convention got underway Monday, a four-night affair that will culminate with President Trump's acceptance speech Thursday night. Trump, though, is breaking with tradition and is expected to speak on all four nights. In fact, he made surprise remarks early during Monday's proceedings after being formally nominated. (An AP fact check concludes that he "made a dizzying array of misleading claims about voting fraud" as well as health care.) At the end of the night, the AP declared Trump "omnipresent"; in addition to appearing during the night's events, he of course also tweeted about them. Other big speakers included Donald Trump Jr.; Nikki Haley; Sen. Tim Scott, the only Black GOP senator; and Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple from St. Louis who were initially charged after waving guns at Black Lives Matters protesters, per the Washington Post. Highlights:

  • Dire warnings: Per Politico, a major theme of the night was the warning of "chaos" if Joe Biden wins in November. Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, who kicked things off, called Trump the "bodyguard of Western civilization" who was "elected to protect our families from the vengeful mob that seeks to destroy our way of life, our neighborhoods, schools, churches and values." A Cuban-American businessman compared Biden to Fidel Castro. Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said, "We must fight to save America now or we may lose her forever," saying a Biden presidency would be a "horror film" involving citizens' firearms being taken away, prisons being emptied, and the MS-13 gang running rampant.

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