5 GOP Convention Points; Fire Obama Appointees; Hillary Found Guilty

Cleveland GOP
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks live via satellite from Trump Tower in New York City during the second session at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Here’s what’s been happening in Cleveland, and what’s on tap for tonight.

As expected, Tuesday night Donald Trump officially became the Republican presidential candidate, with his home state of New York being the state to put him over the top.

You’re Fired! 

Reuters reports exclusively this morning on plans to possibly seek a “new law to purge government of Obama appointees.”  If he wins the presidency, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would seek to purge the federal government of officials appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama and could ask Congress to pass legislation making it easier to fire public workers, Trump ally, Chris Christie, said on Tuesday.

It Wasn’t Stolen

ABC News following the firestorm over Melania Trump’s speech Monday night, Donald Trump, Jr., seemed to have done similar.  “Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they are stalled on the ground floor,” Trump, Jr. said Tuesday night in Cleveland, delivering one of the keynote speeches of the day at the Republican National Convention. “They are like Soviet Era department stores that are run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers.” That Soviet-department-store comparison closely matched one from George Mason University law professor Frank Buckley. Both Buckley and the Trump campaign told ABC that Buckley worked as a speechwriter on Trump, Jr.’s address.

Faith Based Events
Hillary Worships the Devil?

Much of Tuesday nights convention was anti-Hillary. Addressing the convention, former presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson likened Hillary to the Devil. Mediaite penned: “Dr. Ben Carson delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention tonight that was truly, truly bizarre in its attacks on Hillary Clinton. Carson said Clinton idolizes the infamous liberal radical Saul Alisnky, who––he said, is “somebody who acknowledges Lucifer.” Yes, Carson seemed to argue that America should be turning to God and rejecting a candidate who loves someone who loves Lucifer or something.

Hillary On Trial!

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, also a failed presidential candidate, followed up by putting Hillary on trial. Los Angeles Times wrote: “Charging her with a list of crimes that stopped just short of kidnapping the Lindbergh baby, he repeatedly called on the crowd to pronounce a verdict. “Guilty or not guilty,” he asked, as if he was the host of a new and chilling reality show, or a member of the Panem elite from “The Hunger Games.” “Guilty,” they roared, over and over, when they weren’t chanting “Lock her up, lock her up.”

What’s On Tap Tonight

CNN posted Wednesday’s scheduled “prime time” speakersThemed “Make America First Again,” the day’s speakers will make the case that United States’ leadership role in the world has slipped under Obama and could be restored by Trump. The night kicks off at 7 p.m. ET. The night’s most prominent speech will come from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence — who, as the GOP vice presidential candidate, will be the prime-time headliner. Another close Trump ally and vice presidential contender, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, is up Wednesday evening, as is Eric Trump, another of Trump’s sons. Many Republicans will be closely watching three relatively young contenders in the 2016 primary: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. All three would be possible candidates in 2020 if Trump loses this year. Rubio won’t be there in person but is submitting a video message.