Last night, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker gave a rousing speech to the 2016 DNC delegates that some compared to Barack Obama’s 2004 DNC speech, which propelled his rise onto the national stage. Sen. Booker’s speech had powerful turns of phrase like “we will rise” and “love trumps hate,” themes the Democrats are pushing as we move into the general election.
A highly critical movie of Hillary Clinton has made a small splash at the box office. The documentary film, titled “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party,” critical of Clinton and the Democratic Party, has raked in $3.7 million in 1,217 movie theaters. The film is co-directed and co-written by conservative author and pundit Dinesh D'Souza.
Chuck Todd asked Donald Trump about the Roger Ailes debacle over the weekend on “Meet the Press.” Trump was quick to question the validity of claims against Ailes, “He’s been a friend of mine for a really long time. And I can tell you that some of the women who are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them.” Speculation has been aroused about a possible relationship between Ailes and the Trump campaign, claims denied by Trump.
The RNC focused heavily on Clinton’s record as Secretary of State, pointing numerous times to the disaster in Benghazi at the American consulate. The mother of the deceased Ambassador Stevens has called for the GOP to stop using her son’s name: “I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican party. I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection.”
Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is expected to gavel in the Democratic National Convention this afternoon. While there is no reason to anticipate changes to the schedule this late in the game, an appearance by Schultz this morning at a breakfast for the Florida delegation foreshadows difficulties she will face in front of the Democratic party. Protesters were continuously interrupting her speech, and she was eventually booed off the stage. Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell said that if he had a say, Schultz would not address the convention.
Trump mentioned Bernie Sanders during his speech accepting the nomination of the Republican party last night, trying to pry away some of Sanders’ voters from the Democratic party. Sanders was not quiet about his opinions of Trump’s oration, tweeting throughout. The Vermont Senator rejected any suggestion that his supporters would move to Trump: “Those who voted for me will not support Trump, who has made bigotry and divisiveness the cornerstone of his campaign.”
The Clinton campaign has released a Web site where users can overlay a Trump insult onto their Facebook profile photos. The page, titled “Trump Yourself,” takes a variety of Trump quotes and places them on your Facebook profile photo offering streamlined digital sharing options. The page is an interesting mesh of humor, while also highlighting Trump’s aggressive rhetoric.
Young Turks head Cenk Uygur had it when Roger Stone and Alex Jones crashed a live broadcast of his show. Starting out calm and composed as Alex Jones walked onto the Young Turks’ stage at the RNC, Cenk Uygur quickly lost it when Stone began yelling at the popular progressive show host. What descended into an obscenity-laden war of words can only be described as a perfect illustration of the heightened tensions between the conservative and progressive movements in our angry nation.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s convention speech last night has been making media waves across the political universe. While Trump tweeted that Cruz’s speech was “no big deal,” Trump surrogates were quick to admonish the Senator’s refusal to endorse the Republican nominee. In defense of his speech, Cruz told the Texas delegation in Cleveland this morning: “I am not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife and attacks my father.”
Donald Trump has categorically denied that his campaign offered Ohio Gov. John Kasich the position of vice president on the Republican ticket. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Donald Trump Jr. had been in contact with the Kasich team, offering to make the governor “the most powerful vice president in history.” He added that Trump assured Kasich would be in charge of both domestic and foreign policy.