Maybe he’s bad with names
One day after House Speaker Paul Ryan said Donald Trump “is not my kind of conservative,” the Republican vice-presidential nominee from four years ago only mentioned Trump by name twice in his 10-minute speech Tuesday evening—neither time specifically endorsing a Trump presidency.
If you want to play a drinking game and stay sober, drink every time Paul Ryan mentions Trump
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 20, 2016
Bringing Bill into it
Sharon Day, the co-chair of the Republican National Committee, opened up the speeches Tuesday night calling Bill Clinton a sexual abuser and blaming Hillary for her response: “As first lady, you viciously attacked the character of women who were sexually abused at the hands of your husband.”
.@SharonDay goes off on @HillaryClinton for "playing the gender card" pic.twitter.com/oxhNEKxsRQ
— POLITICO (@politico) July 20, 2016
Christie indulges in a ‘guilty’ pleasure
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former prosecutor, made his “case” against a Hillary Clinton presidency by saying she is guilty of “creating a nest for terrorist activity by ISIS” in Libya, of being an apologist for Boko Haram kidnapping school girls in Nigeria (somehow), of making a poor nuclear trade deal in Iran, of being a poor judge of character in Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, and of her email scandal. The crowd responded each time he asked for a verdict with “guilty!” and shouts of “lock her up!”
.@ChrisChristie: "Is she guilty or not guilty?"
Crowd: "Guilty!" pic.twitter.com/OrOPF7F1R4
— POLITICO (@politico) July 20, 2016
The kids are all right
Virtually anonymous to this point on the campaign trail, Tiffany Trump—the only child to come out of Donald Trump’s brief marriage to Marla Maples—gave a short, well-received speech about the character of her father, including an anecdote about his kind comments on her school report cards. Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr., who earlier in the evening cast the roll call vote from New York and officially put Trump over the top for the delegate count, gave a 15-minute speech that told stories about his dad’s work ethic, from “changing the skyline of New York” to teaching his granddaughter to swing a golf club.
MORE: Meet the Trump kids
Tiffany Trump says her dad brings out best in people—a good quality in a father "and president of the United States" https://t.co/OH3yjMY9YJ
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 20, 2016
Donald Trump Jr.: "For my father, impossible is just the starting point…that's how he approaches life." https://t.co/Rvz2eNB4fk
— ABC News (@ABC) July 20, 2016
My Little Plagiarism defence
Republicans came to the defence of accusations of Melania Trump plagiarizing part of her speech Monday night with the rebuttals that only seven per cent of the speech was copied (Gov. Chris Christie); that if she did copy Michelle Obama, Melania delivered the lines better (former House Speaker Newt Gingrich); and that the text in her speech featured sayings so common, they could be from a My Little Pony episode (Trump strategist Sean Spicer).
MORE: The Melania controversy? Straight out of Trump’s playbook
"Not when 93% of the speech is completely different than Michelle Obama’s speech." –@GovChristie https://t.co/C280sUME33
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 19, 2016
WATCH: RNC spokesman quotes 'My Little Pony,' John Legend & Akon in argument defending Melania Trump's speech https://t.co/l7XtmEuYMT
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 19, 2016
Queen tells Trump to bite the dust
The legendary band Queen expressed its displeasure in Trump using the song “We are the Champions” to introduce his wife Monday night. “We are frustrated by the repeated unauthorized use of the song after a previous request to desist, which has obviously been ignored by Mr. Trump and his campaign,” the band said in a statement.
An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes – Queen
— Queen (@QueenWillRock) July 19, 2016
Narrowing down Clinton’s veep
Away from the convention, Hillary Clinton’s vice-presidential pick may be down to a two-horse race between Virginia Sen. Timothy Kaine and Tom Vilsack, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and a native of the battleground state of Pennsylvania. Clinton is expected to announce her vice-presidential nominee by the end of the week.
Kaine and Vilsack top Clinton’s VP list: report https://t.co/pKwx8LIwdv pic.twitter.com/1TwAKKiKF9
— The Hill (@thehill) July 19, 2016
To serve and protect—and maybe go for a bike ride
Cleveland riot police are in full gear to keep the order during the Republican National Convention, with peaceful protests found throughout the city. But while the officers might appear fully armoured to the naked eye, their protection appears to be mountain bike equipment easily available in stores, according to Outside, such as the Super Bell 2 bike helmet and Fox Racing Titan sports jacket.
The most terrifying downhill mountain bikers ever… #riotgear #RNCinCLE (photo: Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/OShfoMGwiM
— Jesse Winter (@jwints) July 19, 2016