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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace suggested that President Trump must believe he is his own “best salesman” and dubbed the 2020 Republican National Convention “the Trump convention.”

The “Fox News Sunday” host weighed in during the network’s coverage on the “unprecedented” nature of this year’s event amid the coronavirus pandemic that rendered the traditional nominating conventions for both parties impossible.


(Source: Fox News)

“I’ve watched most of the last hour and a half and what really strikes me is that while we’re calling this a Republican convention, it’s really the Trump convention,” Wallace said Monday.

“The most recent Republican president, George W. Bush, won’t be making an appearance this week. Over the weekend, the Republican National Committee announced that because COVID is limiting the attendance of delegates they’re not even going to pass a platform but they pledge support for the president’s America First agenda,” he added.

In an unusual move ahead of the scaled-back convention, the RNC announced that the 2016 party platform would stay in place and a new one would not be set for 2020.

“The RNC has unanimously voted to forego the Convention Committee on Platform, in appreciation of the fact that it did not want a small contingent of delegates formulating a new platform without the breadth of perspectives within the ever-growing Republican movement,” the RNC said in a resolution released Sunday.

The party “will adjourn without adopting a new platform until the 2024 Republican National Convention” but “will continue to enthusiastically support the president’s America-first agenda,” the RNC said.

“Who we are going to be hearing from this week?” Wallace continued his comments in the Fox News coverage on Monday.

“The first lady, Melania Trump, the president’s four grown children, members of the White House staff, members of the Trump cabinet,” Wallace said. “Most of all … every night of this convention, and as far as I know, it’s unprecedented, we’re going to hear from the president himself.”

“He seems to have made the calculation that the best spokesman, the best salesman for Donald Trump is Donald Trump,” Wallace added. “And for the Trump base, the millions of voters out there who voted for him in 2016 and plan to vote for him again, he’s probably absolutely right.”

It was not just the president’s base of supporters who gave the opening day of the convention a thumbs up, as its message of patriotism, hope and faith in God resonated with Americans hungry for something to feel good about, especially after the message of gloom Democrats delivered last week.

While CNN published an op-ed declaring that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan was making a “mistake” with his opening RNC prayer, many others saw the glaring difference in the America portrayed by the GOP versus the one presented by Democrats. One lifelong Democrat from Ohio called in to C-SPAN to declare that he was “definitely changing my vote to Republican.”

Even as more than two-dozen former Republican members of Congress launched an effort called “Republicans for Biden” on the same day, the RNC rolled out one after another powerful speech by Trump’s supporters, many of whom were not even politicians.

“I thought some of the most powerful moments tonight were not the politicos,” former Bush strategist Karl Rove noted on the Fox News panel.

“They were people like Herschel Walker. I was taken by the father of the Parkland shooting victim. I was taken by the group of first responders and everybody from a truck driver to nurses,” he added, saying they showed “a softer side of President Trump and showed people heralding him as an individual.”

“We’re used to having Donald Trump stand up in front of the gigantic rally and talk. We’re not so used to seeing these people pop up and talk about him in the terms that they do. They show him as empathetic, as personal, as caring,” Rove continued. “That kind of stuff is very interesting to voters and I think going to be very helpful to the president’s image as he comes out of the convention.”

Frieda Powers

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