CLEVELAND, OH — Yesterday, July 19, 2016, was the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention, a convention steeped in confusion, manipulation and…plagiarism? From Steve Womack, acting as convention chair, denied what was clearly a majority of conservative delegates wanting to vote Donald Trump down as their nominee by challenging the rules. The powers that be won and Trump will be the Republican’s 2016 presidential nominee. A conservative group of delegates had presented signed petitions by a majority of delegates from 11 states and territories in an attempt change the rules allowing the delegates to vote as they wanted, not as per the state primary results. They were not successful and since Trump won the presidential primaries in an overwhelming number of states, he will be the GOP’s presidential nominee.
Then there was the matter of Melania Trump’s convention speech yesterday and similar it sounded to parts of Michelle Obama’s convention speech in 2008. They were remarkably similar. How the campaign or the convention committee allowed this to happen, we’ll never know, but Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign chairman denied there was any lifting from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech. You be the judge:
Manafort said this morning on CNN that “There is no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These are common words and values and she cares about her family. She was speaking in front of 35 million people last night, she knew that. To think that she’d be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”
We will see how the next few days pan out as Republican Party delegates hash out various platform proposals and other party business. Sounding oddly familiar with Sharia law, the Republican Party’s platform committee is putting forth the proposal “that man-made law must be consistent with God-given, natural rights.” Another interesting one is associating pornography be treated as a major health crisis and yet another is to have the Bible taught in government-run school because they view it as an “indispensable for the development of an educated citizenry.” It is unlikely for these proposals to pass during the convention, but many are wondering how they got passed in the platform committee.