by Joe Mandese @mp_joemandese , Today
The 2020 Republican National Convention ended the way the 2016 RNC did, with a lawless criminal being nominated the party’s presidential candidate while in the process of breaking the law. In this case, it wasn’t illegally accepting help from a hostile foreign power, paying hush money to porn stars he was sleeping with, etc., etc., etc., but violating a U.S. law making it explicitly illegal to utilize the trappings of his office -- especially the White House -- as a campaign prop.
“From these walls,” the Republican nominee said, pointing to the “People’s House,” and invoking the historical milestones of former presidents who lived there and helped make America great in the first place.
No one expects him, his campaign team, his daughter, cabinet members, etc., who violated the law to be held accountable for it -- I mean, what are we going to do, impeach him, or “lock her up?” -- but the act stands as one final reminder that the incumbent has done everything in his power to destroy presidential and democratic norms.
It was one more final act of trolling those -- Democrats, Independents and even Republicans -- who oppose him by thumbing his nose, by pointing his index finger at the White House windows behind him.
Instead of trying to fact-check his acceptance speech, I thought it might be easier to focus on fact-finding. I found two.
1 - “This is the most important election in our nation’s history.”
2 - “At no time before, have voters faced a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies, or two agendas.”
I might add a few other contrasts, like two forms of rule, constitution, and law.
But I’ll end by quoting his most truthful fact:
“This election will decide whether we save the American dream.”