President Donald Trump destroyed cable television networks for failing to defeat states’ roll call when the Republican National Convention kicked off Monday, lamenting Fox News anchors speaking about the action.
Trump tweeted about the roll call as the RNC did its best to go through the state’s official delegates – an event usually taking place in pact arenas with screaming partisans and colorfully dressed delegates.
Instead, Republican delegates spoke to a poster in the background of a convention, while giving short speeches about their states, which were broadcast through tubes in the Charlotte convention hall, where more than 300 delegates gathered.
President Donald Trump complained that cable networks do not cover the traditional roll call of state delegation votes at the kick-off of the Republican National Convention
‘Unbelievable that @CNN and MSDNC don’t handle the Roll Call of States. Fake news! This is what the Republican Party is dealing with. I would also like to hear the comments from individual state delegates, rather than @ FoxNews anchors. Ridiculous! ‘ Trump wrote.
Trump then presented his complaints to the delegates themselves in a surprise speech at the Charlotte rally.
He called it “our big deal, the roll call.”
“What’s more important than the roll call, it’s you who call it,” he told them during an impromptu speech lasting more than twenty minutes.
He complained that CNN House was showing hearings with the Postmaster General.
“ They’re trying to show the post office, so if their post-in thing sizzles, they blame the post office, ” Trump said, referring to the post-in vote.
He said the hearing was “actually very boring.”
Democrats chose to have their delegations speak remotely from remote areas, including one from American Samoa with a lush landscape and a few uniformed military members.
The networks stiffened a roll call that is often a favorite of conference viewer fans, but is usually held during prime time.
Trump tweeted about how the cable covered or not the morning convention action
MyPillow founder Mike Lindell spoke on behalf of Minnesota
Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker hit Joe Biden when he announced his state’s votes for president
Delegates cast their votes at the opening day of the Republican National Convention, which convened at the Richardson Ballroom, Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 24, 2020, during the roll call to re-appoint Donald Trump as president of the United States and Mike Pence as vice president
During the roll call, speeches are usually given in a full conference room
Delegates applaud at the Charlotte Convention Center’s Richardson Ballroom, where they have gathered for a roll-call vote to renominate Donald J. Trump as President of the United States and Mike Pence as Vice President, in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, August 24. , 2020
Republican delegates to the convention met in person in Charlotte on Monday, but other actions shifted to the DC area
Instead, the RNC chose to show it late in the morning on Monday. CNN held onto its coverage as testimony to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, an event Trump previously complained about that interfered with the convention.
MyPillow founder Mike Lindell, a friend of Trump’s who has appeared in the White House, spoke on behalf of the Minnesota delegation.
“Minnesota has been blue since 1972,” he said, calling out “the destruction of so much of my great state and country.”
“With Democratic leadership exposed to what it is and President Trump’s great pragmatic leadership, we will win Minnesota,” he predicted.
Lindell called Trump “the best president ever.”
The Maryland delegation was chaired by Citizens United’s David Bossie, who was a key campaign advisor to Trump in 2016. But Bossie faltered as he struggled to point out positive elements of Maryland’s complex racial past.
“Maryland is home to the Underground Railroad and two of our greatest segrega abolitionists, Frederic Douglass and Harriet Tubman,” said Bossie, correcting himself in the middle of his sentence during an electoral cycle of steeply racial divisions.
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski spoke as chairman of the New Hampshire delegation, where he recalled patriotic history and then put a plug in his book.
“New Hampshire is known for our maple syrup,” said comedian Adam Sandler, poet Robert Frost and New York Times bestselling author Corey Lewandowski.
Don Kaltschmidt wore a Montana and said his state was now affectionately known as “Trump-tana.”
“We fish, we hunt, we sail and we have at least five guns in every house,” he joked, days after the Democrats had a lengthy video at their convention about gun violence victims and protests that stemmed from school shootings.
Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker delivered another speech endorsing Mike Pence as Trump’s vice-presidential running mate – delivering Joe Biden’s first assault on the conventions.
“Mike Pence believes in the sacredness of life, he always has and always will,” he said.
He said both Pence and Trump ‘have a deep and abiding love for America and for the American people. ‘
That’s why they were both in Wisconsin at the Democrats convention last week with Joe Biden hanging out in his Delaware basement. Delaware – the place he didn’t leave, not just to cross the country, but he hasn’t even been to Wisconsin since the beginning of his run for president, ”he said.
Trump and Pence visited Wisconsin last week. Biden pleaded, citing the coronavirus.
He has traveled to Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, DC since the pandemic.