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New information emerges in the Jacob Blake shooting, the RNC begins with a bang as Republicans head on crime, covid and communism and Nikki Haley and Tim Scott compete for speech of the night. I'm Ben Shapiro. This is The Ben Shapiro Show.
The Ben Shapiro Show is sponsored by Express VPN, Protect Your Online Privacy today and express a VPN dotcom segment. Well, we'll get to the opener of the Republican National Convention, which was really well produced. I mean, much better produced than the DNC, which had all sorts of sort of technological hiccups. The RNC actually ran very smoothly, which you would expect from President Trump. I mean, the fact is that there's one thing President Trump knows and that thing is reality TV.
And so the convention was actually quite well produced. We'll get to everything convention related in just one second. First, I need to give you an update on the Jacob Blake case. So I suggested yesterday that perhaps you should wait for more information, you know, because we needed more information and all we had was a grainy piece of footage that was taken from across the street, the first seconds of which were completely cut off, and which showed Jacob Blake, a twenty nine year old black man walking away from police whose guns were drawn on him.
And then he reaches into the car and then they shoot him. And this prompted the likes of Joe Biden to issue awful statements on this whole thing, jumping to the conclusion that this was once again systemic American racism against black Americans and unjustified shooting of an unarmed black man caught on camera that nothing had preceded it. Everything just happened the way that that Benjamin Crump, the attorney, said, remember, Benjamin Crump claim was that Jacob Blake was a good Samaritan who basically had gone to break up a fight between two women and then had walked away.
And the cops for no reason, just decided to follow him and shoot him. Well, it turns out that shock of shocks, that was not, in fact, the case. First of all, it turns out, as we knew yesterday, that Jacob Blake, there's an open warrant out on Jacob Blake for things including sexual assault and domestic violence, and that none of the stop Joe Biden from putting out the statement yesterday. Joe Biden put out the following statement about the Jacob Blake shooting and the absence of any surrounding evidence without waiting for any new evidence to come out.
He said yesterday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back as police attempted to restrain him from getting into his car. His children watch from inside the car and bystanders watched in disbelief. No mention of the fact that this was a man for whom there was an arrest warrant out with three kids in the back of his car. Now, typically, if you have a guy out with an arrest warrant out on the guy for domestic violence and sexual assault of a minor, which is what this was, it was sexual assault of a 15 year old, I believe was was the actual case.
But they're talking about, according to statutory law, somebody underage. The typically you don't let that person get in the car with kids and drive away. But in any case, Joe Biden wrote his children watch from inside the car and bystanders watched in disbelief. And this morning, the nation wakes up yet again with grief and outrage that yet another black American is a victim of excessive force. So you just going to go right with the excessive force like this calls for immediate, full and transparent investigation and the officers must be held accountable.
So he already knows the outcome of the investigation, which is magic. And I definitely trust Democrats on preliminarily jumping to conclusions, considering that Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren and many members of the Democratic Party are still claiming. Years later, after two independent prosecutorial investigations, state prosecutors in Ferguson, Missouri, and one Obama DOJ investigation that the shooting of Michael Brown was not, in fact, a murder. It was a justified shooting by a police officer. They are still claiming to murder.
So I definitely trust these people when it comes to their assessment of criminality. Joe Biden said these shots pierced the soul of our nation. Jill and I pray for Jacob's recovery and for his children. Equal justice has not been real for black Americans and so many others. We are at an inflection point. We must dismantle systemic racism. So this was an element of systemic racism. Apparently, he still didn't know whether the shooting was unjustified. He still had no evidence, even if it was unjustified, that it actually had anything to do with racism.
It is the urgent task before us. We must fight to honor the ideals laid in the original American promise, which we are yet to attain, that all men and women are created equal, but more importantly, that they must be treated equally. Well, let me just point out that if a person resists arrest, by which we mean that the person resist arrest to the point where apparently there are reports that he was tasered and he walked away from it and he was throwing off officers and then reaches into their car.
I have a feeling the cops don't let white people get away with that either, just as a general rule. In any case, new tape emerges from a different angle. The cell phone video is not particularly good, but you can get like a brief view here of what's going on. So this is the other side of the SUV where Jacob Blake was shot shortly before you see him walking around the other side of the car and being shot.
He paused right there. You can see that Jacob Blake is basically on the ground. Right. And then he shakes the officers loose, as you're about to see. And he gets up and he starts walking away from the officers who now have their weapons drawn because he's resisting arrest.
And so this is what the tape shows. And he literally throws off the officers. He's struggling. He's resisting arrest. People are standing around shouting at the police officers. He gets up and he starts walking around the car.
Now, if you're a police officer and he is just shrug you off, right? He has just fought you off and he reaches into the car. I was under the impression that he is reaching into the car and he reaches down into the car, that he's reaching down into the car for like, what exactly is it?
I mean, what exactly is he reaching for at that point? If you're a cop, you are trained in that situation. And if somebody reaches into the car after having resisted arrest and there's a good shot that that person might be going for something that is not going to be good for you. And so, in any case, does this mean that the shooting was justified? No, we don't have enough evidence still. We still don't know. But he's the.
The original story, we were told by Benjamin Crump that this is a man who is just breaking up a fight between Good Samaritan, breaking up a fight between two women, and then just calmly walking back to his car when he was accosted for no reason by the police. Is that what you see on that tape? So bottom line is that maybe everybody should wait for more evidence to come out, I know controversial, maybe everybody should wait for more evidence to come out.
But no, we jump to the conclusion that this is systemic American racism always and forever. This is the line systemic. American racism is always what is to blame for every situation that you don't like, whether or not there is evidence the officers involved in the shooting already placed on administrative leave, they are said to be cooperating with investigators, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. And the state DOJ has already launched an investigation into the shooting. Meanwhile, the police union representing the officers on the Kenosha police force released a statement on Monday criticizing Wisconsin Governor Tony Ivar's, who immediately condemned the excessive force used by cops.
Pete Dietz, the president of the Kenosha Professional Police Association, said any time deadly force is used, our hearts go out to those affected by it. We assure you an independent investigation is being conducted by the Wisconsin DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation. But none of that matters because the riots started and the riots, people really don't like furniture and they really don't like cars. The police association said until the investigation is complete, we ask that you withhold it prejudgment about the incident and please let the process take place.
Governor Evers's statement on the incident was wholly irresponsible and not reflective of the hardworking members of the law enforcement community, not to mention the citizens of the city of Kenosha. As always, the video currently circulating does not capture all the intricacies of a highly dynamic incident. We ask that you withhold from passing judgment until all the facts are known and released. It seems reasonable. We, along with citizens of the great city of Kenosha, ask for peace to let the process play out fairly and impartially.
But nope, we're not going to do any of those things. Until last night, Kenosha burned because this is how it works. Politicians decide they can make hay off of claiming that America is systemically racist. In no way does this make America a better place. In no way does this improve race relations in the United States when you claim that every individual incident is an indicator or a symptom of a broader systemic problem. Without evidence, then what you are doing is setting the scene for burning of cities, when you suggest that individual incidents without evidence must actually be racist, then what you are doing is something truly terrible and you bear responsibility for what comes next.
And that is what's happening right here. That is what's happening. You can see on this video in Kenosha, people, these are, I assume, white. You can see in the video it's it's like white antifa members probably setting fires. That dumpster, that dumpster right there. That was a systemically racist dumpster. There's a dump truck right here that is a systemically racist dump truck. I'm so glad they burned that dump truck. Now, that bastard can't be systemically racist anymore.
They also burned down a furniture store. So that was important because those couches were systemically racist, there were couches inside and those couches, some of them were white and some of them were brown, and we have no idea the proportionality. The couches were systemically racist. They also burned a bunch of cars, which was good because the cars were systemically racist and all of these objects were systemically racist. And it seems to me that the Black Lives Matter movement, which has resulted in this sort of chaos in major American cities across the country.
I'm wondering what's the good it did? I'm waiting. I'm waiting. Here's what is the good that it did. In fact, American perceptions of Black Lives Matter are back where they were before the shooting, which demonstrates exactly how much goodwill the BLM movement has completely blown in the United States. As well, they should have, because this behavior is indicative of a serious issue when it turns out that protests routinely devolve into rioting and looting, perhaps there is a problem.
We can get to more of this in a second. By the way, The New York Times headline, I should just say, The New York Times tweeted out this was their tweet about Kenosha being burned last night, quote, Peaceful marches in Kenosha, Wisconsin, against the police shooting of a black man gave way to fires and destruction. Oh, they just gave way, did they? Fascinating. So if the anti lockdown protests had devolved into burning down Capitol buildings, would they have just given way or would it have been that the protesters turned out to be rioters and looters?
Is that would it have turned out to be? New York Times headline, by the way, on all this with fires in Kenosha reflect anger after police shooting of the fires reflected the anger. Not the people were angry. And so they randomly burned down businesses and burned down a church with a giant sign that said Black Lives Matter in front. The fires themselves reflected anger. Incredible, incredible in the leftist way of thinking. Unfortunately, in the far left way of thinking, the angrier you are at the system, the more the system is to blame for your anger.
Therefore, your anger is always justified in any resistance to the system is justified as well. In fact, if you really want to show how bad the system is, you burn crap because that demonstrates how you wouldn't be this angry if the system weren't corrupt, even be this angry for no good reason. Barack Obama said this directly about the Ferguson, Missouri, riots, when those were happening after the officer, Darren Wilson, was acquitted. After that, after the grand jury didn't indict, Barack Obama went out there, said people don't just make this stuff up, except that in that particular case, everything was actually made up.
But the idea is the more angry you are, the more you must be justified in your anger, which, of course, is an outright lie. It's an outright lie. We don't know what happened in the Jacob Blake case. And we do know what happened in the Chicago case where everybody tried to ransack the loop. They ransacked the loop after hearing that a 15 year old boy was shot for no reason by the cops. It turned out to be a 20 year old man who was shooting at the cops.
So it turns out people make up crap all the time. White, black and green people make up crap all the time that helps their case. It doesn't justify the sort of behavior. And it undermines whatever you're attempting to do for sure. And now in a second, we're going to get to how this plays in Peoria, because this does have a significant impact on the election. We'll get to that in one moment. First, let us talk about the fact that hiring these days can be particularly difficult.
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Shooting prompts tense protests and fires in several cities, alginate from fires. Did it prompt the fires? Weird because it seems that fires don't break out on their own. It seems like it prompted a bunch of violent maniacs to go out and do violent, maniacal things.
Who would have? But you can't you can never devall the agency on people who do bad things. The system is always to blame for bad things happening. This is the common thread in so much leftward thinking, and it is wrong nearly all the time. Individual behavior, as it turns out, in a free country is generally attributable to the individual. It is not attributable to the system. We have moved from in a view of racism in the United States, that racism is a barrier to people making free decisions to people making free and bad decisions is a result of racism.
That is a wide difference. It used to be that Americans were angry at racism because actual instances of racism deprive people of the ability to make decisions that were good for themselves. Now people make active, bad decisions for themselves and their neighbors, and we blame racism for the act of bad decisions they're making. They have no agency whatsoever. That's the way all these headlines our friends from The New York Times, Julie Julie Bozman, reporter from New York Times, writes like this Peaceful marches in protest of a police shooting gave way to fires, destruction and looting in Kenosha as a strip of businesses in a central residential neighborhood was consumed in flames early Tuesday.
Residents emerged from their houses overnight to gape at billowing smoke that could be seen for miles. Lost in the blaze, neighbors said, was a mattress store. Well, those mattresses were systemically racist. I mean, let's be honest about that. Those are some really, really systemically racist mattresses, a storefront church. I mean, that I can't think of anything more systemically racist than a storefront church, a Mexican restaurant, I mean, my God, the cultural appropriation, I mean, even if it's owned by Mexican Americans, that's cultural appropriation, a cell phone store, cell phone, systemically racist.
As we know, less than a mile away, a probation and parole office was also on fire. The National Guard was called in. BLM has been burning cities. BLM has been destroying cities. Something like over 30 people have died in the current BLM writes. Some 30 people have died in the BLM riots, OK, and people are getting shot, people are getting killed. It's obviously the police, right? It's obviously that the cops are the ones who are most at fault here when we watch cities burn.
OK, so all of this has a relatively large political impact. OK, so that was the basis for the RNC last night. The Democrats completely ignored this for like a full on week, for a full on week. The Democrats completely ignored everything that was going on in these major cities. And it turns out Americans care about it. There are polls that demonstrate that Americans care about it. There's a Pew poll that came out last week. 59 percent of Americans say they are deeply worried about increased violence in America's major cities, which they should be.
Sixty three percent, by the way, say they are concerned about coronavirus. So that means that this is a top priority and Democrats completely ignored it. So it's not surprising that Republicans decided that they were going to push on this particular issue as well. They should. That's particularly true given that President Trump's strategy here is apparently to win over some of the people in the middle, but it is also to drive out rural votes in the same way that he did in 2016.
And that strategy could bear fruit, given the media's unwillingness to cover this stuff, honestly, given the Democrats unwillingness to call out evil and violence for exactly what it is. We'll get to more of this in just one second, we'll get started with the RNC in just one second. First, you've heard me talk about how important it is to have a VPN now that a lot of you are working from home, it's even more important to choose a VPN that you trust.
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One was America is a great place, which is something that the Democrats did not say. The entirety of the convention. It was. America is a horrible escape. And you can tell by the way the media are covering it how dishonest the media are. So the media proclaims that basically Trump downplayed the RNC and the Trump campaign downplayed America last night. It was a dark vision of America. No, that was the DNC where they were claiming that America was systemically racist, that everybody in America was going to die from covid, that we are living on the verge of a dictatorship.
That was that was the campaign. And night after night last week, Barack Obama said, we are literally living on the verge of a dictatorship. Michelle Obama said there's a never ending list of black Americans being murdered by the cops. So if you're going to talk about dystopian hell scape views of the United States, it's pretty obvious that the Democrats were pushing that line. But since the gaslighting by the media has gotten so incredibly far, we've now reversed the narrative.
And the narrative is that when Republicans talk about how America is a great place, yes, there are problems here. But America is an incredible place, founded on good principles and that we are getting past covid and that we are working to solve problems and that we can do this if granted freedom. The media played this as though we were as though as though Republicans have a dark vision of America. No Americans have a dark vision of Marxism. Republicans have a dark vision of the future.
The Democrats would like to see prevail. And frankly, looking at America's major blue cities, I have no reason to to doubt that particular narrative. My favorite headline, by the way, of the day had nothing to do with the RNC. My favorite headline of the day was the L.A. Times being very, very angry that Republicans keep beating up on California. It's pretty incredible. Here is the L.A. Times headline. Last night, speakers at the RNC turned California into a dystopian punchline portraying America's most populous state as a dangerous wasteland ruled by liberal politicians who are oblivious to public safety.
Now, actually, it turns out the Democrats turned California into a dystopian punch line. I live here. They have turned this place into a hell scape. I was talking to producer Nick and let me tell you something, producer Nick is the kind of guy who likes to hunt bears in the woods like just a knife. It brings that torch and a knife to the woods to hunt bears. He went down to Santa Monica is like, I'm not going to survive here.
I'm leaving in like the next thirty seven seconds. Producer Nick is the kind of guy who dates women, who train wolves. And producer Nick went down to Santa Monica and he's like, this is this is quite awful. I think we need to leave it. California has turned into Hell's Gate because of Democrats, because of Democrats. But the media are like, how dare Republicans portray major American cities that are on fire, overrun with homelessness and poverty?
How how dare they portray these places as bad? So the actual narrative last night is that America is quite wonderful and it is filled with wonderful people. And Democrats keep telling you that your neighbors are racist and terrible people while simultaneously saying the government will solve all of your problems and solving none of them. The RNC opened on an optimistic note. There is a video narrated by Jon Voight. It was quite good. There's a lot of focus at the RNC on the quote unquote, common man, a lot more than there was in the Democratic Party National Convention.
The DNC was based almost entirely on the idea that Donald Trump is a bad Orangeman who's bad in orange. As we discussed last week, there was very little focus on the middle class or low income Americans and what Democrats are going to do to uplift them. There was almost no focus on policy there certainly no focus on the riots and looting. Instead, it was America systemically racist and Joe Biden, the octogenarian. Political animal who's been there for 50 years is going to be your your beacon of light in the wilderness.
Republicans went in a different direction. They made an overt play for people who are middle and lower income. And they made an overlay for people who are fearful of what's going on in America's major cities. And here is the opening video narrated by my friend Jon Voight.
We are American. Despite unpredictable events, we as Americans work together to overcome challenges like our own. The legend for our posterity. America. Land of promise. Land of opportunity. The greatest and that's good stuff. There's nothing wrong with sort of patriotism. I know that at the DNC, people are trying to elide under God from the early hours of the DNC before we saw them in primetime and then lie about it by having Joe Biden do the have his grandkids do the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the national anthem.
But there's no question which party has a greater sense of patriotism. I mean, that's pretty obvious at this point, is it not? I mean, the entire Democratic Party platform is that America systemically racist and terrible. And then Joe Biden tries to buy back a little bit so he can pretend to be moderate. And then the RNC did something that I thought that they absolutely needed to do, I've been preaching it for weeks on this program. I said it would be political malpractice if they did not do it.
They played a video of various Democratic governors saying that Donald Trump gave them what they needed when it came to covid, which I've been urging the Trump administration to do for quite a while. And people were shocked by the brilliance of it. Don't be shocked. I told you they were going to do this for weeks, or at least that they should hear was a little bit of that video. Andrew Cuomo and company praising Trump's response to covid.
He said everything that I could have hoped. Promise made, promise kept. He is ready, willing and able to help. He has been responsive. He's done a lot of good things for the federal government, did was a phenomenal accomplishment in our hour of need. And you all literally are helping us in a big way. We were at the edge and this is life or death stuff, and we were forever thankful for that.
OK, that is true. I mean, all of these Democratic governors were praising President Trump on Colbert. And now, of course, President Trump is the worst thing in the world. Trump also today, a moment with the first responders. He appeared in a couple of different videos throughout the night where he was dealing with, quote unquote, the common man. And here he was speaking with first responders and thanking them. It's a good look for the president.
These are the incredible workers that helped us so much with the covid. We can call it many different things from China virus. I don't want to go through all the names because some people may get insulted, but that's the way it is. These are great, great people, doctors, nurses, firemen, policemen. We want to thank you all. You have been incredible and we want to thank you and all of the millions of people that you represent.
Thank you all very much. Great job.
Yes, I know you're allowed to thank the cops. You're allowed to thank the firemen and all. That's fine. It turns out all that's good. Oh, that's good. Turns out that police officers particularly were a particular focus of the RNC last night. And they should be because when they leave, you know, it's been happening in the city. Have you been watching again in just a second when you get to that theme, which was pushed very heavily last night, the Trump campaign really made a heavy pitch last night for particularly black voters.
So there are good polls, like a lot of them showing that Trump is actually outperforming where he was last time with the black vote, that it is not as monolithic as the Democrats have assumed. If Trump makes significant inroads into the black vote, the Democrats have a real problem on their hands. This election's a lot closer than some of these polls are suggesting. Chris Wallace pointed that out last night. His grass will get to more of this in just one second.
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And yet that lies promulgated by the media specifically in order to, quote unquote blame America for criminality problems that exist among individual black Americans, which is ridiculous. And so several Republicans hit on the crime point and then there were several kind of big name and and very impactful black speakers at the RNC last night, of course, was closed out by Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina. So Jim Jordan hit on the point that Democrats basically are allowing evil to happen in our major cities while preventing you from going to work in school.
This is true. There's no way around this. It is absolutely true in L.A. they're trying to shut down private schools while they permanently allow major protests, while they've allowed looting to ransack half the city. I mean, it really is incredible. Here is Jim Jordan, the Republican congressman from Ohio, making this point.
Democrats refused to denounce the mob and the response to the chaos, defund the police, defund border patrol and defund our military. And while they're doing all this, they're also trying to take away your guns. Look at the positions they've taken in the past few months. Democrats won't let you go to church, but to let you protest, Democrats won't let you go to work, but they'll let you riot. And Democrats won't let you go to school, but they'll let you go loot.
Yup. Yup. And for security moms, you know, people who are living in the suburbs, that makes a difference because this is starting to invade the suburbs. I mean, you're seeing BLM rioters, protesters, in some cases the same groups who are going into suburbs and screaming at people to keep them awake at night. This is not relegated to city centers anymore. And people wonder why there is there seems to be more ire by more Americans at BLM these days.
Well, that is why that is why because the supposedly started off as a righteous crusade and it quickly overthrew those boundaries and turned into a crusade to destroy virtually all American founding principles. There's a reason that Nicole Hannah Jones, the de facto editor of The New York Times, says that she's proud that these are the 16 19 riot. And so this was one message. One of the messages here is that the the Democrats keep defending criminality, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, and that's the famous couple from Saint Louis whose gated community was broken into by Black Lives Matter rioters.
And it turns into criminality when you break into a gated community. And then they held guns outside their house and were then prosecuted by St. Louis prosecutor who is seeking to maintain electoral advantage. They spoke at the at the RNC last night, made the point that the Democrats are defending criminals. They're not defending citizens.
It seems as if the Democrats no longer view the government's job as protecting honest citizens from criminals, but rather protecting criminals from honest citizens. Not a single person in the out of control mob you saw in our house was charged with a crime. But you know who was we were.
They've actually charged us with felonies for daring to defend our home. And that is right.
And I think more and more Americans are picking up on this. And the media have basically blacked out all coverage of the of the violence or they've treated it as the predictable side effect of systemic American racism. Most Americans are not up for this. They absolutely are not. And meanwhile, the RNC made a pitch for black voters. So Herschel Walker, who's been a longtime friend of President Trump, he played for the New York generals when when Trump was an owner in the US fell.
So Herschel Walker spoke at length about his friendship with President Trump, and it was a good speech, he gave a good speech last night. Here he was. I've known Donald Trump for 37 years, and I don't mean just casual ran into him from time to time. I'm talking about a deep personal friendship. He told me that the family should be your top priority. I watched him treat janitors, security guards and waiters the same way he would treat a VIP.
He made them feel special because he knew they were. He understands that they are the people who make this country run. They clean, they cook, they bill, they drive, they deliver.
All of this is good. Right? And Walker also said, listen, you can love both social justice and the American flag. You don't have to be on the side of flag burners in order to believe that sometimes change is necessary. Here's Herschel Walker.
Just because someone loves and respect the flag, our national anthem in our country doesn't mean they don't care about social justice. I care about all of those things. So does Donald Trump.
He shows how much he cares about social justice in the black community through his actions. And his actions speak louder than stickers and slogans on the jersey.
By the way, this lead because Twitter is a garbage place filled with garbage people. This led the term Uncle Tom to trend on Twitter last night and this morning. Well done, everybody. So black man thinks differently than you think. He ought to think lefties and he becomes an Uncle Tom. He's a sellout to black people everywhere. Well, apparently, among other sellouts was Vernon Jones. So Vernon Jones, a state Georgia legislator, and he supports President Trump.
And he says, you know, when I endorse Trump, all hell broke loose because I'm expected to think a certain way.
Now, you know, when I made the public announcement of my support for President Trump, all hell broke loose. I was threatened, called an embarrassment, and asked to resign by my own party. Unfortunately, that's consistent with the Democratic Party and how they view independent thinking black men and women.
And this is absolutely true, obviously, is that the Democratic Party views the black community as an exclusive preserve for their policies, and they should not, because it turns out there are a lot of black Americans who are not really fond of watching their cities burn while excuses are made for the burning by Democrats and by the media. We'll get to more of this in just a second. And the big name guests of the convention, some were good, some were not so good.
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Kimberle Classic, who is a candidate in Baltimore for Congress, and Elijah Cummings old district. She cut a great ad the other day about the destruction that Democratic rule has wrought in Baltimore. Well, she spoke at the RNC and she was terrific. Sadly, the same cycle of decay exists and many of America's Democrat run cities. And yet the Democrats still assume that black people will vote for them no matter how much they let us down and take us for granted.
We're sick of it. We're not going to take it anymore. The days of blindly supporting the Democrats are coming to an end in Baltimore. We had the highest number of black Republicans in the entire country running for office this election cycle. Joe Biden believes we can't think for ourselves that the color of their skin dictates their political views.
We're not buying the lies anymore. You and your party have neglected us for far too long.
And this is all excellent, excellent stuff like other speakers who are great last night. There is a Cuban expatriate named Maximo Alvarez, who I believe will be a guest on our radio show a little later today. He was terrific. He contrasted the United States with communist countries and talked at length about why it is that America is a fantastic, fantastic place. This is a good reminder that people who have actually lived under tyranny understand just how wonderful America is and what it would mean to lose it.
Here's Maximo Alvarez, who I thought was the most moving speaker of the night. I have seen people like this before. I've seen movements like this before. I've seen ideas like this before. And I am here to tell you we cannot let them take over our country. I heard the promises of Fidel Castro, and I can never forget all those who grew up around me, who look like me, who suffer and starve and died because they believe those empty promises.
They swallow the communist poison pill.
OK, and then he talked about the difference between communism and Americanism. He says America is the greatest country on earth. And by the way, this is somebody who should know who he is.
Maximo Alvarez, I may be a Cuban born, but I am 100 percent American. This is the greatest country in the world.
And I said this before, if I gave away everything that I have today, it would not equal one percent of what I was given when I came to this great country of ours, the gift of freedom and the fact that this is a man who understands gratitude for the country he has been given.
That's that's the major difference in our politics. People who are grateful for the principles of the Declaration of Independence, people who are grateful for what they have been given. They didn't hit a triple. They were born on third base. And people who have decided that all the good things in life are natural to life and that we can simply dispense with all of the systems that created those things because those systems are inherently bad and terrible. So it wasn't all glory last night.
There are a couple of speakers who are not particularly wonderful. The one who got the most attention, of course, was Kimberly Guilfoyle, the former Fox News host and and Donald Trump Jr.. Are they married yet? I think she's his girlfriend. Kimberly Guilfoyle spoke last night and forgot there was no crowd. So I got really, really awkward. Here's a little bit the awkwardness.
President Trump is the leader who will rebuild the promise of America and ensure that every citizen can realize their American dream. Ladies and gentlemen, leaders and fighters for freedom and liberty and the American dream. The best is yet to come.
And then resident silence, so that works when there's a crowd there, maybe, but there was no crowd there, so that got real awkward real fast. That was that was not not a she used to be on TV. So that feels like not a really good TV decision. That person who actually was shockingly good last night was Donald Trump Jr. So there are a lot of people who are concerned that Donald Trump Jr. was going to just go out there and be over the top and wow.
And actually, he was pretty good. Like his speech was actually kind of shockingly good. He talked about the fact that the Democrats have been using it as an excuse to actually give away money to their rich Democratic friends. This is true. Nancy Pelosi has stepped into the relief packages, state and local tax deductions. Right. Which is a way for California to charge insane levels of taxation and then take the money out from the federal government coffers, essentially.
Here's Donald Trump, Junior, going after that.
After eight years of Obama and Biden slow growth, Trump's policies have been like rocket fuel to the economy and especially to the middle class. Biden has promised to take that money back out of your pocket and keep it in the swamp. That makes sense, though, considering Joe Biden is basically the Loch Ness monster of the swamp. For the past half century, he's been lurking around in there. He sticks his head up every now and then to run for president.
Then he disappears and doesn't do much in between it.
Well, he correct fact checker Trump Junior also went after the council culture that is being promoted by the Democrats. By the way, the council culture is so strong right now and the insane level of censorious ness is so strong right now. There's a video that's going around on Twitter. It's pretty incredible of Black Lives Matter activists literally walking up to people and Washington, D.C. restaurants and demanding that they raise their fists in a salute to black power. And when two people who are just sitting there like, no, they start berating them publicly.
And that is where we are as a country and it ain't good. Here is Donald Trump, Junior, going off on it last night.
Joe Biden and the radical left are now coming for our freedom of speech. They want to bully us into submission. If they get their way, it will no longer be the silent majority. It will be the silent majority. This has to stop. Freedom of expression used to be a liberal value, at least before the radical left took over. Now the Republican Party is the home of free speech, the place where anyone from any background can speak their mind and may the best ideas win.
OK, and then he also added, by the way, when we download one, it would be nice if it didn't go to voicemail, because since the Democrats are intent on cutting the cops in the middle of major cities burning, that's probably a bad idea. What happened to George Floyd is a disgrace.
And if you know a police officer, you know they agree with that, too. But we cannot lose sight of the fact that our police, our American heroes, they deserve our deepest appreciation, because no matter what the Democrats say, you and I both know when we dial nine one one, we don't want it going to voicemail. So defunding the police is not an option. Everything starts with safety and security. You can't have anything else without it.
OK, so these were all of the lead up speeches then? There are the two kind of concluding speeches and they're both great. And these are both figures who are going to be very important to the future of the Republican Party. One is former ambassador to the UN and my spirit animal, Nikki Haley, and the other was Senator Tim Scott. Both of them gave, I thought, excellent speeches last night. The media have been trying to pretend that these were sort of outliers, that the media's goal here is to pretend that the Republican Party is all of Trump's worst excesses.
That is not, in fact, comprised of candidates like Nikki Haley and Tim Scott. And so what they attempted to say, well, they're out of step with sort of the Trump base. No, they're they're really, really not. I mean, both of these figures are very popular inside the Republican Party. So Nikki Haley pointed out correctly that Joe Biden has basically taken the strategy of blaming America first for all problems in the world. This is absolutely true.
Here is the former governor of South Carolina, former U.N. ambassador under President Trump, and a person with a great personal story, by the way. I mean, both Tim Scott and Nikki Haley are people who appreciate America because of their background. Right. Nikki Haley is the daughter of two Indian immigrants and would never be treated, by the way, with the same sort of kid gloves that the media have treated. Kamala Harris, who's the daughter of Jamaican immigrant and an Indian immigrant.
Here's here's Nikki Haley talking about Joe Biden blaming America first.
I'll start with the little story. It's about an American ambassador to the United Nations. That ambassador said, and I quote, Democrats always blame America first. The year was 1984. The president was Ronald Reagan and Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick. S words are just as true today. Joe Biden and the Democrats are still blaming America first.
And that is exactly right. Now, Nikki Haley got ripped up and down by the media last night. Why? Well, number one, because she was good, but mostly because she pointed out that America is not a racist country. And yes, there are races here, some people do races, things I've been hit by those people, but America is not a racist country. Now, this is such an important distinction. OK, I have been personally targeted by antisemite for a lot of my career.
In 2016, I was named the number one target of online anti-Semitism, an enormous amount of it springing from the. All right, I've been hit by anti-Semitism from members of the left. I've seen it with all sorts of harassment. Right. There are lots of nasty people online and in real life, there are lots of nasty people. Is that America's fault? It is not America's fault. You can actually have experienced bad things in America and not blame the entire country that gives you freedom.
And that's what Nikki Haley made eloquently last night in the media decided to completely ignore in much of the Democratic Party.
It's now fashionable to say that America is racist. That is a lie. America is not a racist country. This is personal for me. I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants. They came to America and settled in a small southern town. My father wore a turban. My mother wore sorry. I was a brown girl and a black and white world. We faced discrimination and hardship, but my parents never gave in to grievance and hate.
This is a great point that you can criticize people in America. You can if you spot racist incidents, you can fight them. You can fight racist obstacles. That doesn't mean the entire country is racist. It's such an important point. And the reason the Democrats hate Nikki Haley is because she has the credibility to say stuff like this is the same reason that they hate Senator Tim Scott. So Tim Scott spoke last night. He was excellent. And again, the media couldn't deal with it, so they just decided to treat Tim Scott as an outlier.
Scott said the election is about the promise of America. This exactly right here is the black senator from South Carolina Republican.
While this election is between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, it is not solely about Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It's about the promise of America. It's about you and me, our challenges and heartbreaks, hopes and dreams. It's about how we respond when tackling critical issues like police reform. When Democrats called our work a token effort and walked out of the room during negotiations because they wanted the issue more than they wanted a solution.
Exactly right. Here's Tim Scott making the point that I've been making for weeks here. And when it comes to racism, Democrats are more interested in labeling everyone they don't like racist and labeling the system racist so that you will give them power, then they aren't actually solving problems. And Tim Scott, you know, since he's the one who proposed the police reform bill, Democrats then filibuster. Scott also gave an inspiring message about the fact that this is an incredible country.
As my family went from cotton to Congress in one lifetime, I know we're supposed to pretend that racial progress is not taken place. I know we're supposed to pretend like Isabel Wilkerson, that we're still living in a caste system in the United States. We're supposed to pretend like Abraham Kennedy, that racism just went underground and reemerged as all of our systems of institutional power. It's a lie. Here is Tim Scott rebutting the lie.
My grandfather's ninety ninth birthday would have been tomorrow. Growing up, he had to cross the street if a white person was coming. He suffered the indignity of being forced out of school as a third grader to pick cotton, and he never learned to read or write.
Yet he lived long enough to see his grandson become the first African-American to be elected to both the United States House and the United States Senate in the history of this country. Our family went from cotton to Congress in one lifetime, and that's why I believe the next American century can be better than the last.
Hey, isn't that a better message than the message being put forth by people like Kamala Harris that America is systemically racist and that you're always behind the eight ball or Michelle Obama and there's a never ending list of black people being victimized in the United States right now? Isn't that more inspiring? Any truer message? Scott says Democrats basically want to fundamentally transform the country, the same country that has allowed for that sort of progress again. Correct, Senator Scott?
Joe Biden's radical Democrats are trying to permanently transform what it means to be an American. Make no mistake, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want a cultural revolution, a fundamentally different America if we let them. They will turn our country into a socialist utopia. And history has taught us that path only leads to pain and misery, especially for hard working people hoping to rise to the media's response to this was absolute abject horror that members of minority communities would dare speak as Republicans.
My favorite version of this was George Stephanopoulos grilling Nikki Haley on racism because George Stephanopoulos, who is the whitest person in America, the Keebler Elf, grilling Nikki Haley, the daughter of two Indian immigrants on racism because George Stephanopoulos knows racism. I mean, that's a man who knows racism. Obviously here he was suggesting that Nikki Haley is truly making room for racists because she's supporting President Trump.
I ask you what President Trump has done to heal that racial divide. And, you know, you wrote that you were deeply disturbed by President Trump's comments after Charlottesville. Since then, he's tweeted out a video of his supporters chanting white power praised the Confederate flag, which you called divisive in your speech last night. So I'll ask the question again. What specifically is President Trump done to address the systemic racism, the racial divide? Well, I will tell you, first of all, President Trump has passed criminal justice reform, which Obama and Biden didn't do.
So my favorite thing from Democrats is when they question how President Trump has bridged the racial divide while Democrats are actively trying to widen the racial divide, actively doing it. It doesn't make excuses for all the bad things Trump has said over the course of his career. But right now, if you're looking at people who are actively attempting to create racial divides in the country, the Democrats, members of the media, but I repeat myself, are doing exactly that.
That's what you're watching happen ad nauseum in Wisconsin right now. You're watching it happen day by day in the media right now. And they cannot stand the fact that Republicans actually there's a minority of Republicans who disagree with that Democratic agenda. All right. We'll be back here later today for two additional hours of content. Otherwise, we'll see you here tomorrow. To recap, night two of the RNC and whatever the Black Lives Matter, writers and leaders decide to burn tomorrow or tonight.
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