President Donald Trump will headline the final night of the Republican National Convention as he accepts his party’s nomination from the South Lawn of White House. Other speakers on Thursday evening will include: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson; Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR); Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Franklin Graham; Alice Johnson; Ann Dorn; House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA); Carl and Marsha Mueller; UFC’s Dana White; Ivanka Trump.
Tonight’s theme is “Land of Greatness.”
Stay tuned to Breitbart News for live updates.
All times Eastern.
10:25 PM: Trump now up to speak as the audience chants “USA!” and “four more years!”
Trump says he is brimming with confidence in the bright future we will build over the next four years. He sends our thoughts are with the wonderful people who have come through the wrath of Hurricane Laura. Trump thanks the “magnificent” Melania for her service to the nation.
10:20 PM: Ivanka says her dad re-wrote history again “by making a peace agreement in the Middle East, the biggest breakthrough in a quarter century.”
10:07 PM: Ivanka says she is the daughter of the people’s president and came to Washington to “Make America Great Again.” She says Trump’s results speak for themselves even if his Tweets are unfiltered.
Ivanka Trump is speaking to the RNC at the White House from a podium bearing the seal of the President of the United States.
— DJ Judd (@DJJudd) August 28, 2020
She talks about her dad’s history of building. She talks about blue-collar workers telling him he is their only hope. She says they are the reason he ran for the White House and why he will fight for four more years.
Ivanka isn’t exempt from the Hatch act so this speech is illegal
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) August 28, 2020
Ivanka really thinks she’s VP lol
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) August 28, 2020
Ivanka says her dad rectified the wrongs of Biden’s Crime Bill that disproportionately impacted African-Americans. She says her dad has a deep compassion for those who have been treated unfairly.
.@IvankaTrump more:” He is so unapologetic about his beliefs that he has caused me and
countless Americans to take a hard look at our own convictions, and
ask ourselves, what do we stand for?” https://t.co/SYN0pClJFE
— Fin Gomez (@finnygo) August 28, 2020
Ivanka Trump: “I recognize my dad’s communication style is not to everyone’s taste and I know his tweets can feel a bit unfiltered. But the results, the results speak for themselves.” #RNC2020 pic.twitter.com/FJZH6VJtJz
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) August 28, 2020
9:54 PM: Alice Johnson says she was told she would only be reunited with her family as a corpse. She assures everyone she is not a ghost and she is free.
“Some say, ‘You do the crime. You do the time.’ However, that time should be fair and just. We’ve all made mistakes, and none of us want to be defined forever based on our worst decision,” she says. “While in prison, I became a playwright, a mentor, a certified hospice volunteer, an ordained minister, and received the Special Olympics Event Coordinator of the year award for my work with disabled women. Because the only thing worse than unjustly imprisoning my body, is trying to imprison my mind.”
She says her transformation was described as extraordinary and her Christian faith and the prayers of so many kept hope alive.
She says Trump had compassion and acted when he heard her story.
“I couldn’t believe it. I always remembered that God knew my name, even in my darkest hour. But I never thought a president would,” Johnson says.
She says she is using her voice to tell the stories of others like others and praises Trump for signing the First Step Act into law six months after she was freed.
9:48 PM: Carl and Marsha Mueller, the parents of the late Kayla Mueller, are speaking. Carl says al-Baghdadi raped his daughter repeatedly while beating and torturing her.
“We put all our faith in the government. But our government let us down. President Obama refused to meet with us until ISIS had already beheaded other Americans. To this day, we’ve never heard from Joe Biden. Instead, the Obama administration hid behind policy so much that we felt hopeless when they kept us from negotiating to save Kayla’s life,” Carl Mueller says. “The administration showed more concern for the terrorists in Guantanamo than for the American hostages in Syria.”
He says the “military prepared a rescue mission, but the White House delayed it. By the time it went forward, Kayla had been moved to a different location.”
“What a difference a president makes,” he continues.
“The Trump team gave us empathy we never received from the Obama administration. The Obama administration said it was doing everything it could. The Trump administration is,” he says. “Let me just say this: Kayla should be here. If Donald Trump had been President when Kayla was captured, she would be here today.”
9:46 PM. Sen. Cotton says Obama’s secretary of defense said Biden has gotten almost every foreign policy decision wrong and compares Biden’s foreign policy record to Trump’s:
Joe Biden slashed defense spending again and again. President Trump rebuilt our military—and added the Space Force.
Joe Biden let ISIS terrorists rampage across the Middle East. President Trump eliminated ISIS’s leader—and destroyed its caliphate.
Joe Biden opposed the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. President Trump avenged the murder of hundreds of Americans by killing Iran’s terrorist mastermind, Qassim Soleimani.
Joe Biden sent pallets of cash to the ayatollahs. President Trump ripped up the dangerous Iran nuclear deal.
Joe Biden treated Israel like a nuisance. President Trump moved our embassy to Jerusalem and brokered peace deals in the Middle East.
Joe Biden coddled socialist dictators in Cuba and Venezuela. President Trump fights against communism—in America’s backyard and around the world.
And on the Communist Party of China, there is no comparison.
Joe Biden aided and abetted China’s rise for fifty years with terrible trade deals that closed our factories and laid off our workers. President
Trump stands up to China’s cheating, and stealing, and lying.
Joe Biden allowed Chinese fentanyl to flood across our southern border. President Trump sanctioned Chinese drug dealers for poisoning our kids.
After saying China is rooting for Biden, Cotton says we need a president who stands up for America, not someone like Biden who will take a knee.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 28, 2020
“No one who’s seen the face of war desires to see it again. Too many of our fellow Americans are already honored at the hallowed grounds of Arlington,” Cotton continues. “But if we want peace, we must be strong. Weakness is provocative. President Trump’s strength has kept us out of war. Joe Biden won’t stand up for America. Donald Trump will. So this November, let’s stand with the president and vote to keep America great.”
9:36 PM: Giuliani says don’t let Democrats do to America what they have done to New York. He says New Yorkers are wondering “how did we get overwhelmed by crime so quickly and decline so fast.” He says this “unprecedented wave of lawlessness began with a truly just cause– the unforgiveable police killing of George Floyd.”
He accuses BLM and Antifa of hijacking peaceful protest into vicious and brutal riots because a “unified proposal to reduce police misconduct” would make Trump seem like a leader.
Giuliani talks about the murder of 4-year old LeGen Taliferro in Kansas City, 17-year-old New York basketball Star Brandon Hendricks, who had committed to St. John’s, one-year-old Davell Gardner, Jr., who was shot and killed in a stroller at a cook-out in Brooklyn. He said these murders caused no outrage on the left.
“For President Trump, and for us Republicans, all Black Lives Matter and the lives of LaGen, Brandon and Davell matter to us,” he says.
He cites the murders in Chicago and presumes Black lives in Chicago did not matter to Obama-Biden. He says the crime wave will continue if Biden is elected and says this is something that cannot be solved from Biden’s basement.
“There is no question that this awesome job of restoring safety cannot be done from your basement, Joe,” he says.
9:33 PM: Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch of New York says the stakes have never been higher.
“Like cops across this country, we are staring down the barrel of a public safety disaster,” he says.
He says people in the community ask him every day why so many people are getting murdered. He says “the answer is simple: The Democrats have walked away from us. Democratic politicians have surrendered our streets and institutions.”
He says Democrats have passed laws that have made it impossible for police officers to work without their hands tied behind their backs.
There is nobody who hates bad cops more than good cops, but that doesn’t matter to the radical left. To them, we’re all bad, because we’re all blue. Their anti-law enforcement campaign isn’t about a single incident. It’s about a message. The message is: police officers are the enemy.
The message is: criminals have the right to resist arrest. The message is: if you victimize a vulnerable person, the justice system will not hold you accountable,” he says. “The criminals have heard that message, and they are taking full advantage. We must stop that message. We must expose the left’s lies about police officers and the job we do.”
He says while Democrats are running in fear of the mob in the streets, Trump has never apologized “for standing up for law and order.”
9:25 PM: Dr. Ben Carson says his heart goes out to the Blake family.
Ben Carson: “Our hearts go out to the Blake family, and the other families who’ve been impacted by the tragic events in Kenosha.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 28, 2020
“In order to succeed in change, we must first come together in love of our fellow citizens,” Carson says.
He says Trump believes in the people and is “one of us.”
He does not submit to political correctness or to its enforcers, the media. He is real.
“Right now, we need real. We need courage. We can’t cower in the corner and hope that no one calls us a name, believing that will keep us safe. That is not courage, and that will not lead us to a good and just place,” Carson says. “We must remember all those who sacrificed everything in order to give us freedom, and we must be willing to do the same for those who come after us.”
He says Trump also doesn’t dabble in identity politics and wants everyone to succeed.
“Many on the other side love to incite division by claiming that President Trump is a racist. They could not be more wrong,” Carson says. “Years ago, Jesse Jackson gave Donald Trump an award for the economic opportunities he created for Black people. In Palm Beach, Florida, Donald Trump led the crusade to allow blacks and Jews into private clubs and resorts. One of the first things he did as president was bring the Office of Historically Black Colleges and Universities into the White House so that it could get proper attention and financial support. Before the pandemic, African American unemployment was at an all-time low.”
Carson also touts Trump’s prison reform agenda and support for school choice.
Carson says what “is racist is the fact that African Americans have the highest abortion rate,” and he hails Trump as the most pro-life president.
9;19 PM: Ann Dorn—the widow of the late David Dorn, a retired police officer whom a looter murdered during the George Floyd protests in St Louis–says her husband “had a big smile and a heart to match. He was blessed with the gift of gab, and that gift enabled him to touch souls and inspire people, especially young people.”
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) August 28, 2020
He says after David retired, he still befriended everyone. She talks about a young man named Lee who opened a pawn shop. Whenever the shop’s alarm went off, the alarm company called Dave…She says most of the alarms were false alarms:
The alarm that went off the morning of June 2nd was for real. It was a violent night in St. Louis. Four police officers were shot. Others were hit with rocks and fireworks. At least 55 businesses were damaged, looted, or set on fire. As the Officer Wellness and CIT Coordinator with the police department, I was keenly aware of the rioting and spent the evening getting ready to mobilize support for officers who were impacted. After I had gone to bed, Dave received a call from Lee’s alarm company. The front door of the pawn shop had been breached. This time, he didn’t wake me up to tell me. He probably knew I would have tried to stop him or insisted on going with him. As I slept, looters were ransacking the shop. They shot and killed Dave in cold blood and then live-streamed the execution and his last moments on this earth. Dave’s grandson was watching the video on Facebook in real time, not realizing he was watching his own grandfather dying on the sidewalk.
She says she re-lives this horror in her mind every day.
“My hope is that having you re-live it with me now will help shake this country from this nightmare we’re witnessing in our cities and bring about positive, peaceful change,” she says. “How did we get to this point where so many young people are so callous and indifferent towards human life? This isn’t a video game where you can commit mayhem and then hit reset and bring all the characters back to life. David is never coming back to me. He was murdered by people who didn’t know, and just didn’t care.”
Ann Dorn says “violence and destruction are not legitimate forms of protest. They do not safeguard black lives.” She says Trump knows we need more Davids in our communities–not fewer.
9:15 PM: Debbie Flood, who owns a small foundry and machine shop in Wisconsin that manufactures cast bronze architectural hardware, says she lost nearly 50% of her business to China in the mid-2000s. She wondered how a small company like hers could continue to compete.
“At the time, Joe Biden was a senator,” she says. “He voted to normalize trade with China and helped pave the way for them to join the WTO, even though they were hurting American companies like ours.”
She says that when “Donald Trump was elected, and we breathed a sigh of relief.”
“He actually fought for American workers and American craftsmen,” she says. “He actually cared about bringing back those three beautiful words, ‘Made in America.’”
She says Biden doesn’t know anything about creating jobs or business. She says he has spent 47 years in government and it is doubtful he will figure it out in year 48.
9:10 PM: Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes talks about his Hawaiian, Filipino, Japanese and Spanish ancestry.
“My father demonstrated his warrior spirit over 50 years ago fighting a dictator in his homeland–the Philippines. Barely escaping with his life, he started anew in America,” he says. “He arrived with nothing but faith, determination and a willingness to work hard. He lived the American Dream, building businesses, a family and seeing me become Utah’s first minority statewide elected official. Today, I channel my warrior roots by battling human trafficking.”
He says he has led some of the largest human trafficking prosecutions and “President Donald Trump is a fierce warrior against human trafficking.” He says Trump asked insightful questions and “promised to attack this evil” when they met in 2017.
Reyes says he lost his father to cancer a few months ago: “When he passed, he had by his bedside: his scriptures, family photos and a pen President Trump gave me to give him. Dad loved that pen. It represented freedom to him, the freedom that only exists when someone is willing to fight for it”
“To my father, President Trump is that ultimate warrior fighting for our freedom,” he continues. “If you listen to Democrats, the media, and liberal elite, they will tell you that America’s light doesn’t shine as brightly around the world as it once did. That’s simply not true. The same light that brought my father to America inspires the desperate and downtrodden equally today.”
9:05 PM: UFC’s Dana White touts Trump’s economic accomplishments and rails against people who want to defund the police. He praises Trump for working to bring back the economy safely after COVID hit.
MMA promoter Dana White talking about “lawless destruction.” “C’mon America! Defunding these vital positions is not the answer. These first responders have always stepped up for us.” Then giving his own presence on a COVID task force as evidence of Trump’s effective response. pic.twitter.com/IQtAiDrSkj
— Edward Keenan (@thekeenanwire) August 28, 2020
8:59 PM: Mitch McConnell says today’s Democrats do not want to improve the lives of those living in Middle America. He says Democrats want to defund the police and take away your Second Amendment rights. They want to give free health care to illegal immigrants and offer no protections to the unborn. He says with two more liberal Senators, we can’t undo the damage they will do. He says that is why Democrats spent two weeks not saying anything about what Joe Biden will do before saying the GOP Senate is the “firewall” against Nancy Pelosi’s agenda.
8:54 PM: Dan Scavino, who has been working for Trump for 30 years, says he never would have imagined he would be working for Trump for three decades.
“All these years later, there is a part of me that still feels a sense of wonder every day when I consider the journey we have taken together — and taken with so many of you watching tonight,” he says. “Because my personal story with Donald Trump, in so many ways, is your story, too. He saw potential in me. A spark. The possibility that I could be more, do more, and achieve more than even I thought was possible. That’s how he views this country, too. We have all just scratched the surface of what we can do together.”
He says if there is one thing viewers take away from him tonight, “it is this–President Trump is a kind and decent man. I wish you could be at his side with me to see his endless kindness to everyone he meets.”
Biden Campaign commercial airs while Fox cuts coverage from Scavino’s speech pic.twitter.com/8hbN8ieltk
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) August 28, 2020
He says Trump can’t be bought, bullied, or beaten.
“President Trump is the first leader who’s been too strong, too tough, and too savvy to be crushed by the status quo establishment and the political media class,” he says before saying what they call “chaos,” Trump calls “change.”
He says Trump is a man of the people and points out the RNC featured real Americans “who are just like us.”
8:51 PM: Stacia Brightmon talks about having been homeless and finding out about from the Texas Workforce Commission about S&B’s Women in Construction Earn-While-You-Learn apprenticeship program. She says President Trump backed “policies that made it easy for states and companies to give opportunities to hardworking Americans” like her.
8:45 PM: Rep. Jeff Van Drew says how he became a Republican says a lot about today’s Democrats. He says Democrats had become less accepting of American traditions and exceptionalism. He says it was not the party he knew and says his first vote in the House was against the San Francisco liberal for House Speaker. He says, with the Squad, Democrats went from being liberal to radical and were no longer about just raising taxes. They were also for open borders. He says he voted no on impeachment and met with Trump soon after and the president made him feel more comfortable than Pelosi made him feel in her caucus. He says he then became a Republican a few days later. He says when Democrats tried to order him around, he said he had had enough with their radical, socialist agenda. He says Biden “is being told what to do by the radicals running my former party.”
Jeff Van Drew said during Impeachment proceedings Democrats told him to fall in line or lose reelection. “Listen, I’m from South Jersey and you better come at me with more than loud words and empty threats. I voted no on impeachment,” he says. pic.twitter.com/lO1UoNmth6
— Julia Terruso (@JuliaTerruso) August 28, 2020
Party-switching #NJ02 Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R) might be more vulnerable now than he was last year as a Dem.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) August 28, 2020
8:40 PM: Ja’Ron Smith, deputy assistant to the president, says the media don’t show faces like his parents’ when they talk about struggling Americans. He said he didn’t know a Republican growing up and believed all the stereotypes. He says Trump cares about every issue important to Black communities and talks about Trump’s funding for HBCUs and fight for school choice. He says he has shown the “deep empathy” Trump has shown the families who have been killed by senseless violence after mentioning the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. He says Trump has a lot of Cleveland in him for a New Yorker.
White House advisor Ja’Ron Smith: “Growing up, I’d never really known a Republican. I believed all the stereotypes. It took meeting Republicans who shared my values to show me I was wrong.” https://t.co/EyJzJDolZ4 pic.twitter.com/KhTpQk2kCv
— ABC News (@ABC) August 28, 2020
8:35 PM: Rev. Franklin Graham opens the final night with a prayer. After the Pledge of Allegiance, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) says America is a forward-looking country and Republicans are proud to stand with President Trump.
8:30 PM: Final night of RNC about to start.
The White House tonight.
The South Lawn is lit up for the final night of the RNC and Pres Trump’s acceptance speech.
Just north of the White House you can see demonstrators gathered at Black Lives Matter Plaza. (📷 from a TV pool camera) pic.twitter.com/8AOVSr2XUx
— Karen Travers (@karentravers) August 28, 2020
— GOP (@GOP) August 27, 2020
8:15 PM: NeverTrump right and left disgusted:
Giant, brightly-lit “Trump/Pence” campaign signs all over the South Lawn of the White House.
What a disgusting desecration of the people’s house.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) August 28, 2020
This one image explains a lot:
1. The abuse of the presidency for Trump’s personal political benefit, with the White House adorned with a giant campaign sign
2. A complete disregard for science in the middle of a pandemic, with attendees not wearing masks or social distancing pic.twitter.com/I61gwj1JGA
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 27, 2020
Democrats and Biden didn’t even mention the Anarchists, Agitators, Looters and so called “Peaceful Protesters” at their Convention. They will allow rampant crime, just as they do in Portland. If they ask us, as they must do, we will end crime in their Democrat run cities, FAST!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2020
It’s a sight I never before imagined: the South Lawn of the White House transformed into the stage of a political convention. pic.twitter.com/Yurupt3Zse
— jonkarl (@jonkarl) August 27, 2020
Social distancing not in effect for seats set up for Pres Trump’s convention speech tonight on the South Lawn. pic.twitter.com/qTIQJamLAa
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 27, 2020
No social distancing with this seat configuration on the South Lawn for the president’s final night of his convention. pic.twitter.com/3Z3aORGFoQ
— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) August 27, 2020
Will the left raise these concerns for Friday’s “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” March in DC?
In addition to the Hatch Act violation-palooza, tonight’s event violates the current DC guidelines on mass gatherings — and, more importantly, almost certainly will lack the mask usage we saw elsewhere at outdoor protests this summer in DC. https://t.co/ABSd12UIEM pic.twitter.com/5KGPjIIwfK
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) August 27, 2020
Tomorrow we march to recommit to Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream. Join us to march on
Washington as we demand justice & policy change specifically around police reform & voting reform. Visit https://t.co/ELPERF70Bf for full information, it’s not too late to register. #NANMOW2020 pic.twitter.com/xQgEXCR6ID
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) August 27, 2020
MSNBC, CNN and Fox News are all carrying Kamala Harris live as she laces into President Trump as a failure on the COVID-19 crisis ahead of his convention speech tonight.
“Donald Trump froze. He was scared. And he was petty and vindictive,” she says. pic.twitter.com/jTdV24hIuP
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) August 27, 2020
The final line of @JoeBiden 500+ word statement ahead of Trump’s speech tonight to the RNC: “So when Donald Trump says tonight you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America, look around and ask yourself: How safe do you feel in Donald Trump’s America?”
— Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) August 27, 2020