The Republican National Convention


For this week’s presidential race coverage, we decided to talk about the Republican National Convention (RNC), in Cleveland, Ohio. As many of you may know, official republican nominee Donald Trump has chosen Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate. In this post, you will get a brief synopsis of Mike Pence, the RNC, and more.

Mike Pence

Being a conservative and living in Indiana, I have a slight bias in favor of Mike Pence, but for the sake of this post, I will try my hardest to refrain from showing partiality.

“Governor Mike Pence is a lifelong Hoosier with legal, small business and policy experience. He was elected the 50th Governor of the State of Indiana in 2012 and inaugurated January 14, 2013.” (

Governor Pence was born on June 7, 1959, and has lived his entire life in Indiana. He is notorious in the LGBT community for his strong opposition to “gay rights”, and he holds firmly on to conservative and traditional values. He proudly earned an “A” rating from the NRA, and he is also very pro-military and pro-life (On The Issues). However, being picked as Trump’s running mate was surprising to many. He holds a few very different views than Trump, particularly on trade. Despite this, I think Pence will get the job done, hold his own, and stand up for conservative values.

“Since taking office in 2013, Pence has achieved the largest state tax cut in Indiana history while also lowering the business personal property tax and corporate income tax to strengthen the state’s competitive edge in attracting new investment and good-paying jobs for Hoosiers. He has expanded school choice, increased educational opportunity for Hoosier families by signing into law the first State funding for pre-K education in Indiana, and addressed Indiana’s skills gap by making career and technical education a priority in every Indiana high school. And, because roads mean jobs here in the Crossroads of America, under his leadership the state has invested more than $800 million in new money for roads and bridges in Indiana.” (

The Not-So Contested Republican National Convention

Where do I start? From Trump protestors to possibly plagiarized speeches, the RNC this year is proving to be quite interesting. But first, here is a brief overview on the purpose of the RNC.

Had governor Kasich dropped out of the race earlier, this convention may have been a lot more interesting. This is because Cruz would have picked up more delegates, and he and Donald Trump would go head-to-head in a largely contested convention. However, this year, it is not the case, as Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee with the overwhelming majority of delegates earned. But what is the RNC anyways?

The only way to give our blog’s readers the best explanation is to give the explanation that is actually found on the Convention’s website (found in works cited).

“The next four days will be jam-packed with events you won’t want to miss. The Convention program features an impressive lineup of speakers that include veterans, political outsiders, faith leaders, and people who know Donald Trump best — his family and longtime friends.” (GOP) continues, saying:

“The 2016 Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio at the Quicken Loans Arena July 18-21, 2016.

The Republican National Committee (RNC), the convention will host approximately 2,470 delegates and 2,302 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five territories.

The convention will also include approximately 15,000 credentialed media—an international press corps second only in size to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games—as well as a global audience that will witness a front row seat online thanks to our Internet and social media efforts.” (Convention.GOP)

And now, here’s some news regarding the RNC.

Trump Protests

Wherever he goes, they follow. It’s inevitable. And no, I am not talking about his biggest fans. Despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of visitors are republicans, Trump and his fans were unable to evade the grasp of his strident adversaries. Even before the convention started, anti-Trump protests had commenced. (Los Angelos Times) Now, in all honesty, I am definitely not the biggest fan of Donald Trump. I was ardently supporting Ted Cruz throughout the primaries. However, I realize that the only way to stop Hillary Clinton is if we unite behind Donald Trump, her biggest nightmare.

Melania Trump and Plagiarism

If someone on your staff was found guilty of plagiarism, it would only be right to fire them, right? Well, not if you are part of the Trump campaign.

“Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has no plans to fire anybody on the campaign or to take any disciplinary action against anyone for the Melania Trump speech plagiarism controversy, CNN learned Tuesday.” (CNN)

Despite previously dubbing himself as the “law and order candidate”(ABC News, and refer to this here: ), Trump seems to be acting hypocritically when he refrains from firing Melania’s speech writer. It would only be lawful and orderly if he fired the writer, as he has a moral responsibility to do so. Plagiarism is completely and utterly unacceptable, especially when millions are watching. In case you missed it, parts of Melania Trump’s speech bore an uncanny resemblance to Michelle Obama’s speech back in 2008. If you want to see a side by side comparison, check out this link:

Overall, this week spells disaster for some and victory for others. Be sure to keep up with the mainstream media’s coverage of the RNC, and also be sure to check out this blog every day for future posts.

Author: Joe Schmid

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Works Cited

Santucci, John. “Donald Trump Labels Himself As ‘Law and Order’ Candidate, While Attacking Hillary Clinton.” ABC News. ABC News Network, 11 July 2016. Web. 12 July 2016. <;.

“About.” 2016 GOP Convention. Committee on Arrangements for the 2016 Republican National Convention, n.d. Web. 19 July 2016. <;.
“Your Guide to the Republican National Convention.” GOP. GOP, 17 July 2016. Web. 19 July 2016. <;.
“Protests in Cleveland Are Well under Way before the Convention Start Today.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2016. Web. 19 July 2016. <;.
Krieg, Gregory. Scott, Eugene. “Campaign Denies Melania Trump’s Speech Plagiarizes Parts of Michelle Obama’s.” CNN. Cable News Network, 19 July 2016. Web. 19 July 2016. <;.
“Indiana Governor Mike Pence.” Governor Pence: About the Governor., n.d. Web. 19 July 2016. <;.
“Mike Pence.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 19 July 2016. <;.
“Mike Pence on Gun Control.” Mike Pence on Gun Control. On The Issues, 1 Feb. 2016. Web. 19 July 2016. <;.
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