WASHINGTON, DC – The Republican National Convention featured a diverse group of speakers on its second night, including first lady Melania Trump, Kentucky State Attorney General Daniel Cameron, pro-life advocate Abby Johnson, and 18-year-old student Nicholas Sandmann.
The convention’s theme was “Land of Opportunity”, and featured a full pardon for a convicted felon and a naturalization ceremony for three women and two men.
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) August 26, 2020
In a pre-taped video, President Trump holds a naturalization ceremony at the White House: "Today America rejoices as we welcome five absolutely incredible new members into our great American family." https://t.co/MQCTYlD0JE #RNC2020 pic.twitter.com/Nzx32ZS9EO
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) August 26, 2020
First lady Melania Trump headlined from the White House Rose Garden, speaking about her experience with the American dream as an immigrant:
“It is still one of the proudest moments in my life, because with hard work and determination I was able to achieve my own American dream.”
Melania Trump on coming to America and becoming a citizen: "It is still one of the proudest moments in my life, because with hard work and determination I was able to achieve my own American dream." pic.twitter.com/BeTHEvsEFT
— Axios (@axios) August 26, 2020
Kentucky State Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who is black, criticized former Vice President Joe Biden and his alignment with the radical left, saying:
“Joe Biden will destroy jobs, raise our taxes and throw away the lives of countless unborn children, and he is captive to the radical left – a movement committed to cancel culture and the destruction of public discourse.
“They believe your skin color must dictate your politics, and if you fail to conform while exercising your God-given right to speak and think freely, they will cut you down.”
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Cameron also said that President Donald J. Trump built an economy that benefits everyone:
“President Trump did build an economy that worked for everyone especially minorities, and he will do it again.
“Joe Biden promises more to illegal immigrants than he does to you. But President Trump believes his highest duty is to the American worker. The choice is clear.”
In his closing remarks, Cameron noted:
“Let me close with something my mom told me. This country’s many faces comprise a family, not separate parts to be divided against each other, and like any family, we care for one another.
“We grieve together. We share our burdens and our struggles and we celebrate our successes, and though we fuss and fight, we are not enemies.
“We are Americans, united by a collective faith in our Constitution, and laws, and the fundamental fairness they represent.
“We are defenders of life and of individual liberty, and we carry the mantle of Eisenhower and of Reagan to be a force for good in this world and one that must always be reckoned with.
“That’s my Republican Party. The party of Lincoln that believes America is an indispensable nation, an evergreen tree standing tall in a turbulent world, and that’s why I am voting for Donald Trump for president.”
Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood Director-turned-pro-life activist, said Americans have two stark choices for this year’s election:
“Life is a core tenet of who we are as Americans. This election is a choice between two radical, anti-life activists and the most pro-life president we’ve ever had. That’s something that should compel you to action.”
Amazing job @AbbyJohnson for laying out the racist roots of Planned Parenthood and boldly affirming the dignity of every human life. What she witnessed shows us all the horrific truth of abortion. https://t.co/pn85mIywqS
— Danielle D'Souza Gill (@danielledsouzag) August 26, 2020
Johnson shared what she experienced during her eight-year tenure working in an abortion clinic. She explained that she was given Planned Parenthood’s Employee of the Year award and invited to attend its annual gala, where the organization presented its highest honor, the Margaret Sanger Award, named after its racist founder:
“Margaret Sanger was a racist who believed in eugenics. Her goal when founding Planned Parenthood was to eradicate the minority population.”
Johnson pointed out that nearly 80 percent of abortion clinics are “strategically located in minority neighborhoods.”
She also mentioned that a supervisor gave her a new abortion quota to meet:
“I was expected to sell double the abortions performed the previous year.”
When Johnson objected, she was reprimanded and told that abortion was how the organization made money.
"See, for me, abortion is real. I know what it sounds like; I know what abortion smells like. Did you know abortion even had a smell?"
— March for Life (@March_for_Life) August 26, 2020
The watershed moment for Johnson leaving Planned Parenthood occurred after she was asked to assist a doctor during an abortion:
“Nothing prepared me for what I saw on the screen – an unborn baby fighting back, desperate to move away from the suction [instrument].
“And I’ll never forget what the doctor said next – ‘Beam me up, Scotty.’ The last thing I saw was a spine twirling around in the mother’s womb before succumbing to the force of the suction.”
Nicholas Sandmann, a student from Covington, Kentucky, who became a mainstream media target after his unexpected encounter with a political activist on the National Mall, urged voters Tuesday night to join Trump’s battle against media bias and spoke about being “canceled.”
“I learned that what was happening to me had a name. It was called being canceled.”
— Nicholas Sandmann (@N1ckSandmann) August 26, 2020
Recalling the events that unfolded following the Jan. 2019 March for Life in Washington, D.C., that he and his classmates had attended, Sandmann said:
“My life changed forever in that one moment. The full war machine of the mainstream media revved up into attack mode.
“The truth wasn’t important. Advancing their anti-Christian, anti-Conservative, anti-Donald Trump narrative was all that mattered, and if advancing their narrative ruined the reputation and future of a teenager from Covington, Kentucky … so be it.
“I learned that what was happening to me had a name. It was called being canceled. As in annulled. As in revoked. As in made void.”
Sandmann, 18, spoke out against the phenomenon of cancel culture, saying that being “canceled” is what happens “to people around this country who refuse to be silenced by the far left.”
From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where his infamous confrontation with political activist Nathan Phillips occurred, Sandmann said Americans:
“are being fired, humiliated or even threatened” as a result of cancel culture and that “often the media is a willing participant.”
Sandmann closed by putting on a “Make America Great Again” hat.
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