RNC Convention begins: Expect some fireworks with immigrant Melania Trump, the not shy retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and some midwestern sensibility on security
The speakers for the first night’s program for the 2016 Republican National Convention have been announced and may indicate to the rest of the world just what issues the Party intends to confront during this 2016 election cycle.
The lineup of Convention speakers in Cleveland tonight includes Melania Trump, Lieutenant General (ret.) Michael Flynn, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke and possibly others unlisted.
From the RNC2016 Cleveland page, however, the theme for the first night will be “Make America Safe Again,” and there is a desire to focus not just on the domestic attacks.
“From attacks on our own soil and overseas to the tragedy in Benghazi, the policies of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have left us vulnerable. Our immigration system is broken, leaving our country open to security threats and the negative consequences of illegal immigration. A Donald Trump administration will listen to and learn from our nation’s heroes who have put themselves in harm’s way and pursue a national security strategy and foreign policy that will strengthen our military and make America safe again,” reads the GOP information page.
Melania Trump/Louisa Adams – immigrant spouses:
Described as being a “very significant” and “very historic” potential First Lady by historian Jane Hampton Cook on Fox News Monday, Melania Trump may be one of the few individuals who may be able to actually connect to those immigrants who have desired to enter the country and start working on their own so-called “American Dream.” The last immigrant First Lady in the United States was Louisa Johnson, the wife of John Quincy Adams, Cook explained, and she was born in London in the 1700s.
Possible points to be made are the fact that Melania, unlike former First Lady Hillary Clinton, speaks many other languages. Imagine what an asset this could be when addressing Eastern and Western European officials in their own preferred languages.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
Reporters Shane Harris and Nancy Yousseff, writing over at the DailyBeast, observed that retired Lt. General Flynn had something to say in regards to “… that ‘political correctness’ which has prevented the U.S. from confronting violent extremism….”
Flynn is described in the story as a “well-known critic” of the Obama Administration’s campaign against ISIS and foreign policy too. The writers state also that Flynn sees this violent extremism as being a “cancerous idea that exists inside of the Islamic religion.”
It seems no surprise that the presumptive nominee Donalt Trump has looked to this military man’s experience on national security already. So, of course, expect some strong words in this speech from someone who is focused on keeping the nation safe from that violent extremism.
As for the Congressional aspects on what is popularly called “good sense,” U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana will also be addressing the crowd on Monday night.
The line up of speakers are being called “unconventional,” over at the wnyt page online. The most interesting news on Zinke is reported on over at kfbb online.
“U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke told The (Billings) Gazette that he still plans to give a speech Monday to the convention about national security,” reads the news from kfbb. “But he says he’s withdrawing as a delegate because the GOP platform is ‘more divisive than uniting.'”
In the GOP platform, draft language exists apparently which is calling upon Congress “to pass legislation that would shift some federally controlled public lands to the states,” states the report. “This has been a major issue in Montana’s House race. Zinke says he supports better management but not transfer to the states.”