Zahra’s Short and Tragic Afghan Girl Is Burned Alive After Being Bartered Away As A Child Bride
July 22, 2016 jonathanturley
Zahra is a young girl who should be known to every person cares about liberty and the plight of young girls in many traditional Islamic areas. Zahra wanted to go to school and following her dream but she lived in Afghanistan where girls are often treated like commodities. She ended up being transferred to a family as part of a dowry at 11 and married off while in the sixth grader. She was later allegedly burned alive and died in a Kabul hospital — she was four months pregnant. The reason was that the family (which reportedly beat her savagely) was mad that she was not working hard enough.
Before she was bargained away, Zahra had performed in school dramas and was selected to perform a juggling act in Kabul. She had dreams. Yet, her mother became paralyzed and her father, Muhammad Azam, decided to remarry. The dowry included Zahra who was married off. Her father worked as a laborer for a family who owed him wages. The family was a powerful clan in Ghor. When his wife was paralyzed, his employers offered him a daughter to marry rather than the wages. Later, the employer backed out of the deal but the father eloped with the girl and her family demanded restitution. Zahra was part of that restitution — treated like a donkey or jewelry. She was six at the time.
Her husband married her when she was in sixth grade. Her father (who bears obvious responsibility for her demise) accused the other family of beating and stabbing her for refusing to work in the opium fields while pregnant. He says that they set her on fire. The family insists that it was a case of suicide and self-emulation. They have the continue support of the police, which was accused of ignoring the father’s complaints about the family beating Zahra. The family’s power in Ghor is well know and the police chief of Ghor, Mustafa Hussaini changed his findings in the case from murder to claim that Zahra had self-immolated in protest of her abuse.
What is particularly sad is that her family still defends the tradition of marrying off young girls. Afghan law sets a minimal age of 16 for marriages but it is routinely violated, including in this case. Indeed, her father appeared to admit that he bartered her away and arrange the marriage when she was too young under Afghan law.
The in-laws have been arrested. Activists have called for her father to be arrested despite the obvious effort of Afghan officials to ignore that she was below the age for marriage. When confronted over the father’s own account in bartering her away at age 11, one of Mr. Azam’s relatives, Hajji Abdul Khaliq, exclaimed “Why are you asking me? Go ask the Prophet.”
Two Muslim Teens Sexually Assault Young Woman Walking By Mosque, Her Boyfriend Beats Them Both Into A Bloody Mess
July 21, 2106 byAndrew Bieszad
CAIR tried to tell the media this was an “anti-Muslim hate crime.” They lied and said her boyfriend was using “anti-Muslim slurs.” It totally blew up in their face when it came out that the teens chased the woman and were grapping her breasts and body even through her car window. At first, the NYPD was investigating this as a “hate crime,” but now not only have they dropped all charges against the boyfriend, but they are looking at prosecuting the Muslim punks who did this:
The Brooklyn DA’s office is investigating allegations that the two teens beaten to a pulp by an enraged boyfriend outside a Brooklyn Mosque were sexually assaulting his girlfriend, The Post has learned.
The probe was launched after the unnamed woman claimed that the teens were taunting and molesting her when her boyfriend, Christopher Vallaro, ran to her rescue.
Vallaro first made headlines after photos of the 16 and 17-year-old’s battered faces surfaced, along with allegations that the 31-year old had called the boys “f—king terrorists.”
But investigators with the DA’s office have scheduled a meeting with Vallaro and his girlfriend to look into the accusations that the teens reached through the car window and groped her breasts and body, sources said. Vallaro came to her rescue when he heard her screaming for help from floors above in his apartment, which is located adjacent to the Sunset Park mosque.
Good call for the NYPD on this case. Now lets make sure these Muslim punks get behind bars and if possible, prosecuted for a “hate crime” against non-Muslims, because that is what all of this sexual assault really is- another form of terrorism directed against non-Muslims in order to make them bend over in fear and submit to Islam.
They are lucky the news only showed half of their faces. They are even luckier this was the extent of the beating they received for what they did.
As always when dealing with Muslim terrorists like these, never apologize for standing up for what is right, never compromise, and never, ever surrender or submit.
Donald Trump’s Convention Speech Highlighted The Truth About America’s Decline
July 22, 2016 by Michael Snyder
America is in decline. There are some that still attempt to deny this, but the reason why Donald Trump’s campaign slogan has so strongly resonated with the American people is because deep inside most of us realize that America is not as great as it used to be. Our economy is a mess, we are 19 trillion dollars in debt, our infrastructure is crumbling, crime is on the rise, moral decay is all around us, other countries don’t respect us as much anymore, and our nation is the most divided that it has been in decades. Anyone that believes that America is better than it has ever been in 2016 is either completely delusional or simply has not been paying attention.
As I write this article, the prepared text of Trump’s speech has already been released to the press. So the following remarks may differ slightly from how he actually delivered them, but the differences are not likely to be too great. At one point during his speech, Trump highlighted the rising crime and violence in our cities, and the numbers that he had to share were more than just a little bit alarming…
Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this Administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement. Homicides last year increased by 17% in America’s fifty largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years. In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent. They are up nearly 60% in nearby Baltimore.
In the President’s hometown of Chicago, more than 2,000 have been the victims of shootings this year alone. And more than 3,600 have been killed in the Chicago area since he took office.
The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50% compared to this point last year. Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens.
Donald Trump thinks that he can fix this. Unfortunately, I don’t think that any politician will be able to do that at this point.
Our long-term economic decline is another puzzle that our national leaders have been unable to solve. Gallup’s U.S. economic confidence index just hit the lowest level so far this year, and poverty levels continue to rise all over the country. The following is another excerpt from the text of Trump’s speech…
Nearly 4-in-10 African-American children are living in poverty, while 58% of African-American youth are not employed. Two million more Latinos are in poverty today than when the President took his oath of office less than eight years ago. Another 14 million people have left the workforce entirely.
Household incomes are down more than $4,000 since the year 2000. Our manufacturing trade deficit has reached an all-time high – nearly $800 billion in a single year.
The budget is no better. President Obama has doubled our national debt to more than $19 trillion, and growing.
Yet, what do we have to show for it? Our roads and bridges are falling apart, our airports are in Third World condition, and forty-three million Americans are on food stamps.
Even during Obama’s so-called “economic recovery”, the middle class has continued to shrink. Right now, 62 percent of all Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, and millions upon millions of ordinary families find themselves desperately clawing and scratching as they try to survive from month to month.
One very frustrated mother recently shared her feelings about her family’s ongoing financial struggles on scarymommy.com…
I’m tired of my stomach flipping inside when my son mentions he’d like to take a computer class after school. Or when my other son wants to enroll in swim lessons, take an art class, or buy a new bicycle. I’m tired of wondering where on earth we’ll come up with the cash for our children to pursue their interests.
I’m tired of never, ever going on vacations that don’t involve someone flying us out to see them or crashing at someone’s house for free.
I’m tired of wondering how on earth we’ll be able to send our kids to college.
I’m tired of renting, and the almost certain feeling I have that we’ll never be able to afford to buy a house.
I’m tired of having to pretend I’m not worried about it all.
I’m tired of my kids overhearing our worries, of knowing that money is a constant struggle for us.
Before I wrap up this article, I want to share one more stunning example of America’s decline.
Under Barack Obama, corruption and incompetence has spread throughout every part of our government. Sadly, that even includes the Secret Service.
Secret Service agents are supposed to be “the best of the best”, and they are charged with protecting our most important national leaders.
But instead of doing their jobs with seriousness and professionalism, they have been acting like wild animals. Documents that have just been made public reveal that the Secret Service has become an absolute disgrace in recent years…
They highlight incidents in which agents had sexual encounterswith underage girls, married agents took part in ‘wheels up, rings off’ parties, and a manager who sexually harassed female subordinates dubbed the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) the ‘Nice **** and *** Club.’
America Responds to Trump’s Speech: ‘That Was Me Up There Speaking’
22 July 2016 by Rebecca Mansour
Callers to Friday’s episode of Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM expressed their appreciation for the candor of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Thursday night.
Eddie in Florida, a Latino branch manager for an industrial homes company, said that Trump “talked to me like a human being as though I was sitting across a table from him.”
He added that he talks to his blue-collar co-workers the same way that Trump spoke to the nation.
Mike in Montana said, “He really told us what we needed to hear, not what we wanted to hear, and it blew me away and everybody I’ve talked to so far.”
When asked what specifically he liked about Trump’s speech, Mike explained, “I just want the truth from a politician. I want the truth from somebody in Washington. That’s why I listen to Breitbart News – it’s because I demand and want the truth. And he’s given that to me.”
Bannon asked him, “Did he treat you like an adult last night or did he come in with a bunch of platitudes, you know, of all this kind of airy-fairy stuff and want you to get teary-eyed? There wasn’t one teary-eyed moment in this thing. This was brutal. Do you believe he treated you like an adult last night?”
Mike responded, “He treated me like a peer.”
He added that “there was a teary eye last night” when Trump’s friend, real estate investor Tom Barrack, told the story about Trump’s message to the ill son of an employee.
“That story told me that he’s got a good heart,” Mike said.
Rich in Michigan said he was “floored” by Trump’s speech, “That was me up there speaking. He was speaking for everybody.”
“He didn’t treat everybody like a two-year-old, which is what we get from the canned speeches from Obama and from the Republican elites in general,” he added.
Breitbart News Daily airs on SiriusXM Patriot 125 weekdays from 6AM to 9AM Eastern.
Tucker Carlson: The Republican Party Was Redefined on Thursday
On the Friday broadcast of “Fox & Friends,” Daily Caller editor and “Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Tucker Carlson said Thursday’s Republican National Convention “completely redefined” the GOP on Thursday.
According to Carlson, the Republican Party is now a nationalist party that is focused on the middle class.
“This is a businessman who is not running on a business platform.The business platform has been the Republican platform for my lifetime. You didn’t hear anything about entitlement reforms, or capital gains tax cuts, or entrepreneurships, etc. It is now a nationalist party that’s focused against the elites and for the middle class. Whether he wins or loses it’s a completely new definition, and it’s striking,” Carlson said of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
On Friday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, host Joe Scarborough reacted to Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, saying it may have been exactly what millions of middle Americans had been waiting to hear.
“It’s not the speech I would have given. It’s not the speech any of us would have given, it just may be the speech that millions and millions of people have been waiting to hear for a very long time. You have been talking about how people are scared for years. They are scared because their 401K is disappearing. They are scared because they are not doing as well as their parents did. You have been talking about how he delivered a message for an America that is not that scared. I don’t think we are scared because economically we are okay. You know a lot of people in middle America are scared. Doesn’t that message play to them?” Scarborough asked.
Viktor Orban “Obvious Connection” Between Illegal Migration and Terrorism
July 21, 2016 by Warren Mass
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (shown), speaking to reporters after a meeting of the Visegrad Four group of central European leaders in Warsaw on July 21, declared that there is a clear link between illegal migration to Europe and terrorist attacks in European nations.
“It is clear as two and two makes four, it is plain as day. There is an obvious connection,” Orban said through an interpreter. “If somebody denies this connection then, in fact, this person harms the safety of European citizens.”
As long as we can’t defend Europe’s outer borders, it is not worth talking about how many people we can take in….
The quota system wants to treat the effects before it treats the causes of immigration. The main reason for this is because [the EU] cannot control its outer borders.
When he spoke last September, Orban’s principal objection to allowing large numbers of refugees fleeing turmoil in Syria and neighboring counties to enter Europe was based on the potential impact that the new immigrants would have on the historically Christian culture of Europe, noting that they “are mostly not Christians, but Muslims.”
“That’s an important question,” Orban stated in an opinion piece for Germany’s Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung, “because Europe and Europeanism have Christian roots.”
“Or is it not already a cause for concern in itself, that the Christian culture of Europe is already hardly still able to hold Europe in their own Christian value system?” he asked rhetorically. “If we lose sight of the European idea, [Christianity] can become, on its own continent, a minority.”
Then came a series of terrorist attacks in Europe, with attacks in Paris on November 13 killing 129 people and wounding more than 350 others; bombings in Brussels on March 22 killing 32; and a radicalized truck driver killing another 84 people in Nice, France, on July 14.
All these attacks involved migrants from the Middle East or Muslim counties in North Africa, where ISIS has a presence. ISIS claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, saying that it was retaliation for the French air strikes on ISIS in Syria and Iraq. ISIS also claimed responsibility for the Brussels bombings. One of the suspects in the Brussels bombings, Mohamed Abrini, was a childhood friend of brothers Salah Abdeslam and Brahim Abdeslam, who were both involved in the attacks in Paris. Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the individual who French and Belgian officials identified as the mastermind of the attacks, is the son of Moroccan immigrants who grew up in Brussels.
Abaaoud is a prime example of how terrorists can blend in with the tens of thousands of refugees claiming asylum in Europe. Last October, he falsely identified himself as Ahmad al Muhammad and was allowed to enter Greece among the waves of Syrian refugees flooding into Europe. He fled Belgium to Syria following a January 15 police raid on a terrorist operation to which he belonged. In February, he was quoted by the Islamic State’s (ISIS’s) English-language magazine, Dabiq, as saying that he had secretly returned to Belgium to lead a terror cell. That he reentered the country so easily, despite his picture having been broadcast in the news, is indicative of the exceedingly poor border security prevalent in Europe.
On July, the Amaq News Agency, associated with ISIS, said Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the Tunisian immigrant who drove his truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, had “executed the operation in response to calls to target citizens of coalition nations which fight the Islamic State.”
ISIS has also claimed responsibility for a July 18 non-fatal, but brutal, ax and knife attack on passengers in a German train by Muhammad Riyad, a 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker.
With all these attacks being conducted by actual ISIS operatives or radicalized fanatics sympathetic to ISIS, all of whom came to Europe as migrants or the sons of migrants, Orban’s words are quite credible.
Hungary has been the most forceful opponent to unrestrained migration among EU nations. Just as Donald Trump has vowed to build a wall along our border with Mexico, Hungary built a 110-mile-long fence along its border with Serbia.
After Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission asked EU members to accept 160,000 migrants last September, Orban rejected the plan, saying the bloc has no right to “redraw Europe’s cultural and religious identity.” Hungary has joined Slovakia in filing a legal action against the plan.
Hungary will hold a referendum on October 2 when citizens will be asked to vote on the question: “Do you want the EU to prescribe the mandatory relocation of non-Hungarian citizens to Hungary without the approval of the Hungarian parliament?”
The Hungarian government objects to the EU relocation plan on the grounds that it violates its national sovereignty and that terrorists might enter the country disguised as migrants.
As the attacks in Paris, Brussels, and Nice demonstrated, those fears are far from groundless.
Interior Minister: Germans Should Prepare Themselves for Terror Attacks
21 July 2016 By Virginia Hale
Germany’s Interior Minister has told Germans to expect more Islamic terror attacks in the country, after a 17-year-old unaccompanied Afghan migrant injured 18 people. Thomas de Maiziere insisted there is no link between “refugees” and terrorist attacks.
On Monday in Bavaria a migrant who arrived in Germany in 2015 went on a rampage with an axe, wounding 18 people. Two of the Afghan’s victims are still in a critical condition in hospital. Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere described Monday night’s axe attack in Wuerzburg as “perhaps half-way between running amok and terror”.
Last year saw over a million migrants, the majority of them Muslim, flood into Germany. Since last September the country has seen four Islamic terror attacks committed on its soil. In the last two decades, terrorist attacks were almost unknown in Germany.
The interior minister said that the 17-year-old was “goaded” by Islamic State into launching the bloody attack, and warned Germans that the nation should expect more Islamic terror attacks on their soil.
“In Germany we must also expect attacks by small groups of radicalised ‘lone-wolf’ attackers,” he said. Mr. de Maiziere also suggested that the death of a friend in Afghanistan triggered the unaccompanied migrant into launching the brutal attack.
European Union (EU) police agency, Europol, warned that lone wolf attacks are a “favourite tactic” of Islamic State, and said countries in the bloc could expect such terror attacks in the service of Islamist ideology.
Europol’s analysis stated that both al Qaeda and Islamic State have repeatedly called on Muslims living in Western countries to commit attacks in their country of residence.
The Interior Minister said Germany is on high alert for terrorist attacks but dismissed any connection between this and the fact more than a million migrants entered the country last year.
The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician said that while there have been rumours that some of the migrants who entered Europe during the “migrant crisis” could be planning terrorist attacks, “in most cases these were shown to be false”.
Mr. de Maiziere said that, because of this, “we cannot say there is a connection between refugees and terrorism”.
Germany’s response to the terror threat posed by migrants echoed words spoken by French President Manuel Valls on Friday. Delivering a speech in the wake of the Islamic terror attack in Nice that left 84 dead, the French president said: “Times have changed, and France is going to have to live with terrorism.”
Other countries have responded differently to Islamist terrorists being among the migrants seeking asylum within their borders.
In May, it emerged that several large terror attacks that struck Africa were planned in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp. Noting that Somali migrants posed a terror threat to the country the Kenyan president announced that the nation would close its camp of 600,000 people.
The nation’s deputy president, William Ruto, said that the UK and U.S. should resettle the Somalis residing in the camp.
Witness: Gunman ‘Was Killing the Children,’ Screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’
22 July 2016 by Pam Key
Friday on CNN’s “The Lead,” as police were still searching for the gunman who opened fire at several locations in and near the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany, CNN aired a dramatic interview of the eyewitness account of a mother inside the McDonald’s who heard the shooter scream “Allahu Akbar!” and saw him targeting children.
The woman called Loretta for her safety, who was inches away from the gunman when he emerged from the men’s bathroom in McDonald’s, said, “My son saw in the toilet, the man loading his gun. It was a pistol. I come out of the toilet and I hear the — like an alarm boom boom boom. He is killing the children. They make nothing. They were sitting to eat. They can’t run.”
Months of violent anti-Trump protests across the country, a rash of Islamic terrorism across the world, and the racially motivated deaths of eight police officers in just the few weeks on the road into the Republican National Convention in Cleveland have been bloody, but the convention itself contained only minor skirmishes with the law.
Despite Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors’s statement months ago that the group would “shut down” the RNC, a much smaller-than-expected turnout of leftist activists, combined with an effective police presence with officers from both Cleveland and around the country, nothing even resembling the shutdown transpired.
To better understand the dynamics of the protest movement that fizzled in Cleveland, we spoke to the veteran protest documentarian Jeremy Segal, a.k.a. Rebel Pundit, about what went wrong for the left and whether he thinks things might be different at next week’s Democratic National Convention.
LEE: We’re out here at the RNC. We’re talking to Jeremy Segal, Rebel Pundit. Jeremy, the crowds were pretty lame for the protesters. Why do you think that is?
REBEL PUNDIT: Well, you didn’t have MoveOn.org here. You didn’t have any labor unions here; labor unions haven’t protested Donald Trump this entire election cycle. So no MoveOn, no unions, there’s no illegals out here, I think, because of the law enforcement presence, so you don’t see the Mexican flags waving. So when you take away those three key players from the mix, the anarchists have no cover, and they can’t disperse and disappear into the crowd like the fleas that they are, that cause the violence that they want to cause.
LEE: Okay, so you called them fleas. What do you mean by that?
REBEL PUNDIT: Well, there’s a revolutionary movement that’s going on in this country right now, and the revolutionaries – the revcom, Revolutionary Communist Party, the anarchists, and a lot of these left wing groups and organizations – come in, they get involved in these mass protest movements, and they’re the ones that come out to create violence which draws a violent response from the police. They broadcast the imagery that they want out to the world, and it draws more support for their movement.
LEE: And so one last thing: do you think the DNC is the possibility for having bigger protests than we saw here at the RNC?
REBEL PUNDIT: I would think so. There’s a lot of division among the radical left right now because of the Hillary nomination versus the Bernie nomination, so we don’t know what we’re gonna see, but seeing light protest activity here seems to me would be indicative that there’s gonna be a bigger show at the DNC.
LEE: Cool. Jeremy Segal, Rebel Pundit. People can check you out online, right? And they should, right?
REBEL PUNDIT: Absolutely.
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Former vice presidential candidate and Trump supporter Sarah Palin tellsBreitbart that was the moment his career in politics ended:
“Cruz’s broken pledge to support the will of the people tonight was one of those career-ending ‘read my lips’ moments. I guarantee American voters took notice and felt more unsettling confirmation as to why we don’t much like typical politicians because they campaign one way, but act out another way. That kind of political status quo has got to go because it got us into the mess we’re in with America’s bankrupt budgets and ramped up security threats.”
She even likens his character to that of Hillary Clinton’s, comparing his words to these remarks that Clinton made about the Benghazi terror attack in 2013:
“Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d go kill some Americans. What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”
Palin stated about Cruz:
“It’s commonplace for politicians to disbelieve their word is their bond, as evidenced by Cruz breaking his promise to endorse his party’s nominee, evidently thinking whilst on the convention stage, ‘At this point, what difference does it make?’
We’ve been burned so horribly by that attitude that voters won’t reward politicians pulling that “what difference does it make” stunt again. Politicians will see — it makes all the difference in the world to us.”
The Benghazi scandal has been in the forefront in recent months and is a major reason why many Republicans believe Hillary isn’t fit to be president.
By comparing Cruz to Clinton in this sense, Palin is essentially saying he’s as bad as the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Palin also sent a fake ad mocking Cruz to Breitbart:
The look on the Trumps’ faces as they watched Ted Cruz speak says it all
Trumps watch Lyin Ted refusing to endorse Trump
(From left: Vanessa Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Tiffany Trump listening to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention.Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Cruz was booed off the stage after declining to endorse Trump during his speech and instead telling the audience to “vote your conscience” in November.
“To those listening, please, don’t stay home in November,” Cruz said. “Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”
Boos immediately erupted from the audience as attendees started chanting, “We want Trump!”
Ted Cruz’s Future in Question After Convention Speech That Didn’t Unite Party
July 21, 2016 by Patrick Krey
Cleveland — The third day of the 2016 Republican National Convention was meant to propel warring segments of the party closer toward party unity, but it was not meant to be. The convention opened with a speech by Florida Governor Rick Scott, in which he catered to Trump’s positions on immigration, national security, and trade. Radio personality Laura Ingraham then gave a speech which received a standing ovation. Ingraham praised Trump, bashed Clinton, and even got a dig in at the NeverTrump crowd. In a statement that would foreshadow what was to come, Ingraham told the crowd:
We should all — even you boys with wounded feelings and bruised egos — we love you, but you must honor your pledge to support Donald Trump now … tonight.”
Ingraham’s speech was such a hit that it seemed to spoil the audience for the next few speakers. The only memorable utterance in that time was when Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi turned heads by making the statement, “Terrorists deserve to die!”
Other speeches failed to ignite the crowd to the levels that Ingraham did, until Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came out and gave a speech in which the audience interacted with him. In response to questions posed by Walker, the crowd would respond to him with, “America deserves better!” The response obviously was pre-planned and coordinated well in advance, as delegates on the floor held placards that read “America deserves better!” It is not yet clear if this is a new slogan that the Trump campaign is rolling out or if it was just something that Walker had come up with. While Walker’s speech got a great reaction from the audience, it did appear to be overly rehearsed, and the crowd appeared a little foolish continuing to repeat a prepared phrase. It was also a bit too similar to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s speech from the night before, where he had the crowd yelling “guilty” in response to his questions.
Senator Ted Cruz from Texas came out next and gave the night its most controversial moment. Cruz got a hero’s welcome upon his entrance and began giving a speech that had convention-goers eating out of the palm of his hand. Then things shifted dramatically. The speech sounded like a campaign pitch for a run in 2020, as Cruz listed all of the planks of a conservative platform for the nation but didn’t acknowledge Trump by name. Each one was enthusiastically cheered by the crowd, including the building of a wall on the U.S. and Mexico border, which is an issue that was central to Trump’s own campaign. As the speech drew to a close, a sense of anxiety started to come over some of the delegates who feared that Cruz might not endorse Trump. New York delegate John Antoniello, who hails from Staten Island where Trump received more than 80 percent of the vote in the primary, told the Huffington Post that Trump supporters started to chant “Endorse Trump” to the senator. Cruz continued on with his speech as planned and instead stated that voters should “vote their conscience,” which set off a loud chorus of boos from the delegates. Cruz continued to speak but the booing got louder to the point where it was hard to hear what Cruz was saying.
The New American later got the opportunity to speak with a man from Texas who attended the convention. The man was a Cruz supporter, but he expressed frustration with Cruz for doing what he did. The man stated that he felt Cruz should have put loyalty to the party over positioning for a 2020 run. Political pundits are left wondering what Cruz was hoping to accomplish with the “vote your conscience” line. Did Cruz think doing so would help him retain his image as a stalwart conservative among the NeverTrump people?
Questions are now running rampant, including a biggie: Are Republicans going to hold a grudge against Cruz for refusing to support the party’s nominee? Conservative activists might be more forgiving, but Republican Party loyalists might forever view Cruz in a negative light now.
Trump’s son Eric followed with a strong speech, but it was overshadowed by the controversy from moments before. Newt Gingrich then followed and tried to paper over the Cruz controversy, but the audience was not buying it. Gingrich said, “To paraphrase Ted Cruz, if you want to protect the Constitution of the United States, the only possible candidate this fall is the Trump-Pence Republican ticket.”
The night ended with a speech from vice presidential candidate Mike Pence. Pence gave a speech that showed why Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort wanted him on the ticket. Pence appeared presidential and reiterated positions that were in line with the standard Republican Party, while also emphatically endorsing Trump for president. The crowd was loud in its praise for Pence throughout, with occasional chants of “We Like Mike.” As Pence’s speech concluded, Trump came out on stage and stood with him as the audience cheered both men. The day’s convention activities closed on a high note.
On the final day of the convention Trump was well revived when he spoke to the audience.
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Cruz’s speech was a slap in the face to GOP nominee Donald Trump. This whole business about “vote your conscience” — that’s a wonderful-sounding phrase. But we all know what he meant: Don’t vote for Donald Trump.
I was in the convention hall and the crowd’s reaction was unbelievable. It started out as a few hands waving in the air and some booing and then it just grew and grew throughout the entire convention hall. And then boom! It was absolute bedlam.
I’ve been to most of the GOP conventions since 1980, and I’ve never seen anything like it. These people stood on their feet and booed. These are Republicans! They don’t do this. They don’t know how to stand up and boo! And yet, Cruz so divided them and worked them into such a frenzy that it happened.
Cruz tried to pass it off as just the New York delegation acting up. But that is wrong. The whole hall was in an uproar. You couldn’t even hear the last two paragraphs of Cruz’s speech because the booing had reached such a crescendo!
Cruz left an absolute disaster in his wake when he finished that speech. Everyone was dispirited — as you might expect.
Pence delivered a terrific speech. He touched on all the major themes — the economy, shaking up Washington and Trump being an outsider. He talked about how Trump understands that middle class wage earners have been hurt — they haven’t had a raise in 15 years. That’s something that Cruz, in all of his years of political experience, still doesn’t understand!
“Mike Pence single-handedly pulled that convention back together and united them with an optimistic message.”
Really, in the space of about 10 or 12 minutes, Mike Pence turned a demoralized, dispirited, depressed, negative convention into an upbeat, optimistic, united convention. He hit all the right notes and had a lot of optimism in his speech. The Cruz disaster, that had left the convention hall spinning just moments before, was suddenly swept away.
The entire hall started applauding Pence. Then they started cheering for Pence. And they got on their feet and cheered for Pence. Amazing.
Trump couldn’t have made a better choice. Mike Pence single-handedly pulled that convention back together and united them with an optimistic message. He gave great support to Donald Trump and the ticket. He basically snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. He turned destruction into positive hope.
I’ve never seen anything like that.
Ted Cruz will never politically recover from this. His delegation from Texas wanted him to play ball with Trump — and he wouldn’t. He was freelancing in that speech. And that is why his political career is over. He’s finished.
But Donald Trump and Mike Pence are just beginning.
We have to wait and see what Trump does tonight in his speech — it could make or break his presidential campaign. I personally hope that he puts a lot of focus on optimistic, positive changes for America. I want to see a lot of growth in that speech. I want to hear him talk about lowering taxes and curbing regulations.
But here’s what I want to see most of all: a follow-through from what Pence started. One of Pence’s messages on Wednesday night was that we, meaning the ticket, can turn this nation around. It’s an American malaise right now — from the economy, to civil unrest, violence and the threat of terrorism. And that is what Trump must prove to the nation and the world — that he can turn it around. He’s got to convince them.
It’s kind of like Reagan redux. Ronald Reagan was able to do this. He proved that he could do the job. That’s what Trump needs to do.
That’s huge. That’s more important than any policy detail.
That’s the spirit that Pence started on Wednesday night. Let’s hope Trump does the same.
Commentary by Larry Kudlow, a senior contributor at CNBC and economics editor of the National Review. Follow him on Twitter @Larry_Kudlow.
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