Although most delegates and viewers were waiting for speeches by Eric Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, the real rock star of Wednesday night proved to be someone most had never heard of: Trump employee Lynne Patton.
The young, high-energy woman wowed the crowd from the very beginning of her nearly five-minute address by providing a personal glimpse of Donald Trump from a non-family member.
She also offered a push-back to the claims that Trump is a misogynist and a racist. In addition to being a woman, Patton is black.
“As someone who has been with this family each and every day for the past seven years, I know Mr. Trump,” she said. “I know his heart, and I know his passion for this country to be true.”
As a Trump employee, Patton helps plan all of the Eric Trump Foundation’s fundraising events and handles its social media presence, and considers Eric the brother she never had, according to Heavy.
In light of July being “one of the darkest months in modern American history” she said the Republican presidential nominee “is the law and order leader we need to heal a divided nation,” and referred to the attack at an Orlando gay nightclub, shootings of young blacks by police as well as ambush killings of law enforcement officers.
“They are attacks on America, they are attacks on our values, they are attacks on the very foundation if civil society,” Patton emphasized.
Then she addressed the issue of racism in America.
“Tonight, as a minority myself, I personally pledge to you that Donald Trump knows that your life matters, he knows that my life matters, he knows that LGBTQs’ lives matter, he knows that veterans’ lives matter, he knows that blue lives matter,” she said with voice raised.
“This country is sadly more divided now than it was eight years ago,” Patton said. “But tonight, don’t hope for change; be the change! Don’t vote for the candidate that asks to stand with her; vote for the candidate that stands in solidarity with you!”
With emotion rising, she told the crowd of her pride for her father, a Yale University doctor, and her pride for her African-American heritage.
“And I am proud to stand before you tonight and support Donald Trump, not just in spite of the color of my skin, but in fact because of the color of my skin,” Patton said.
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