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MSNBC host slams RNC as ‘minstrel show’ for having black people speak to make white voters feel less racist

An MSNBC host dismissed the Republican National Convention as a “modern-day minstrel show” for featuring so many black conservative speakers during a Sunday segment on “AM Joy.”

Tiffany Cross, who was guest-hosting for Joy Reid, characterized the inclusion of minority speakers as an attempt by the Republican Party to make its mostly white base feel less racist.

Cross’ statement was preceded by a video montage of speakers including Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, and former NFL star Herschel Walker.

“That was not a ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch,” Cross said. “Welcome back to ‘AM Joy.’ I’m Tiffany Cross. If you watched the Republican National Convention last week, you’d almost think that the Republican Party was the one welcoming people of color, given the big display of diversity. The convention featured more than a dozen African-American speakers alone.”

“But don’t be fooled that the party of Trump has suddenly warmed to the same people that Trump’s policies and sometimes his rhetoric directly harms,” Cross continued. “As friend of the show Elie Mystal wrote so eloquently in The Nation, ‘Republicans invited a cadre of professional black friends to validate Donald Trump and make white people feel a little less racist while still very much supporting white supremacy.’ I mean, I watched the Republican convention, and seeing the slew of black speakers that they had, it really did look like a modern-day minstrel show to me.”

This writer’s perspective

What would members of the media have said about the Republican National Convention if there had only been white speakers? Many of them probably would have criticized the event as being racist for ignoring minorities. Now, when they invite too many minorities, they’re accused of only doing so to make white people feel less racist.

Cross’ attack hits the minorities themselves more than the alleged racist white people who arranged for them to speak. To speak at a national party convention is a significant honor, and there were some genuine and powerful moments, including the speech from Alice Johnson, who received a full pardon from the president the next day.

To call it a “minstrel show” is a needlessly nasty and insulting way for Cross to make her point, but it was clearly intentional. Minstrel shows, which date back to the early 19th century, featured white performers in blackface, and Cross’ attack is just another version of what Democratic nominee Joe Biden has said — if you’re not a Democrat, you ain’t really black.

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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Bill Maher reveals why he is ‘very nervous’ that Joe Biden will lose, President Trump will win again

Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time,” admitted Friday that he is “very nervous” about Joe Biden’s chances of defeating President Donald Trump in November.

Speaking with MSNBC host Joy Reid, Maher said he believes the Republican National Convention’s optimism will prove very effective — so much so that his Biden enthusiasm is tanking.

“I don’t know if this stuff works, but it might,” Maher said, Fox News reported. “I am feeling less confident about this — maybe it’s just their convention bump got to me, but I’m feeling less confident than I was a month ago.”


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In fact, Maher explained that the GOP’s strategy of presenting diversity — in the face of the DNC emphasizing conformity — has him feeling uneasy about Biden’s electability.

“People do have their own minds. I’ve never been a fan of conformity. I’ve never been a fan of, ‘We all wear pink on Wednesday,’ we all have to do this, we all have to say this, we all have to do this then,” Maher said. “I don’t bend the knee and I get that people are pushing back at that kind of stuff.”

“I feel very nervous, the same way I did four years ago at this time,” Maher revealed.


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The HBO host went on to explain that he thought the optics of Trump’s nomination acceptance speech — at the White House with an audience that did not conform to face mask requirements — is one that likely resonates with many Americans.

“To portray that idea that ‘I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees,’ yes, I think that is attractive to a degree,” Maher said, The Wrap reported. “They looked optimistic, they looked like the country isn’t falling apart, even though the country is falling apart. And optimism very often wins elections.”

Indeed, the Republican Party’s strategy of optimism and diversity appears to be working.

Prior to the Republican convention, the Morning Consult poll found that Biden led Trump by a 10-point margin, 52% to 42% among likely voters. The updated poll, released Saturday, found that Biden’s lead had shrunk by four points; now, Biden only leads by a six-point margin, 50% to 44%.

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Alice Marie Johnson praises President Trump for granting her ‘a second chance’ in powerful RNC speech

Alice Marie Johnson — a nonviolent offender who was granted clemency by President Donald Trump in 2018 after serving 21 years in prison — expressed her gratitude to the president for giving her “a second chance” in a moving speech to the Republican National Convention on Thursday night.

What are the details?

“I was once told that the only way I would ever be reunited with my family would be as a corpse,” Ms. Johnson began after introducing herself. “But by the grace of God, and the compassion of President Donald John Trump, I stand before you — and I assure you, I am not a ghost.”

She continued, “I am alive, I am well, and most importantly, I am free.”

Johnson went on to express how she felt after being released from her life sentence after it was commuted by President Trump, when she was able to hug her grandchildren for the first time. But she said her time in prison was not wasted, pointing to her “extraordinary” transformation and faith in God’s plan for her life.

“When President Trump heard about me — about the injustice of my story — he saw me as a person,” Johnson said. “He had compassion, and he acted.”

“Free in body thanks to President Trump, but free in mind thanks to the Almighty God,” she told the audience. “I couldn’t believe it. I always remembered that God knew my name even in my darkest hour, but I never thought a president would.”


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Johnson’s story was brought to President Trump’s attention by reality star and criminal justice reform activist Kim Kardashian West, after President Barack Obama rejected Johnson’s request for clemency three times.

Six months after Johnson’s release, President Trump signed the bipartisan First Step Act. Fox News reported that the “law gives federal judges more leeway when sentencing some drug offenders and boosts prisoner rehabilitation efforts. It also reduces life sentences for some drug offenders with three convictions, or ‘three strikes,’ to 25 years.”

Anything else?

According to the New York Post, “Johnson would never have been sentenced to life in prison if not for a 1986 drug abuse act written by then-Sen. Joe Biden that stiffened penalties for drug offenses and disproportionately targeted black people.”

The outlet noted that Johnson “has previously recounted how she took to drug dealing as a way to provide for her children after losing her job and has described the move as ‘the worst decision of my life.'”

Fox noted that she is now a criminal justice reform advocate and a senior fellow with the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Right on Crime initiative.

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Widow of David Dorn, the retired cop murdered in St. Louis riot, condemns violent protests at RNC

Ann Dorn, widow of David Dorn, a retired St. Louis Police Department officer who was killed in June while responding to a break-in at a pawn shop during the riots that followed George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis, condemned violent protests like the one that resulted in her husband’s death during a Republican National Convention speech.

David Dorn, who was 77, served as a volunteer police chief in Moline Acres, Missouri, after a 38-year career with St. Louis PD. Whenever the alarm went off at Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry, Dorn would go to the store to check it out, because of his longtime friendship with the owner.

On June 2, while violent and fiery riots were taking place in the city, the alarm went off.

“Most of the time they were false alarms, triggered by a storm, or animals,” Ann said. “But I never rested easily until I heard David’s key turn the door, knowing he was home safe. The alarm that went off the morning of June 2 was for real.”

Ann Dorn said her husband usually woke her up when he responded to an alarm at Lee’s to let her know where he was going. On June 2, Ann Dorn said, David didn’t wake her up.

“He probably knew I would’ve tried to stop him, or insist on going with him,” Dorn said, holding back tears.

David interrupted an in-progress looting and was fatally shot by one of the looters. He died on the sidewalk, and his death was streamed by a bystander on Facebook. His grandson was watching the livestream, not immediately realizing he was watching his grandfather die.

“I relive that horror in my mind every single day,” Ann said remembering an officer coming to her door around 4 a.m. to tell her that her husband was dead. “My hope is that having you relive it with me now will help shake this country from this nightmare we are witnessing in our cities, and bring about positive, peaceful change.

“This isn’t a video game where you can commit mayhem and then just hit reset and bring the characters back to life,” Ann Dorn said. “David is never, never coming back to me. He was murdered by people who didn’t know, and just didn’t care. He would’ve done anything to help them.”

Dorn closed her speech with a plea for violent protests to end, saying they don’t protect black lives or advance the cause of justice. This week, after Kenosha, Wisconsin police shot 29-year-old black man Jacob Blake seven times in the back during an attempted arrest, more riots have broken out across the country.

“Violence and destruction are not legitimate forms of protest,” Ann said. “They do not safeguard black lives, they only destroy them.”

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Trump casts optimistic vision for next four years during RNC speech: ‘America is not a land cloaked in darkness’

President Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president “with a heart full of gratitude and boundless optimism,” and issued a rebuttal to the Democratic view of America as a deeply corrupt and unequal nation in need of revolutionary reform while hammering Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his party as socialist radicals.

“America is not a land cloaked in darkness,” Trump said. “America is the torch that enlightens the entire world.”

The president questioned how Democrats could lead the United States while being so focused on criticizing the country and characterizing it as a place of deep racial and economic inequality.

“They see a wicked nation that must be punished for its sins,” Trump said. “Our opponents say redemption for you can only be gained through giving power to them.”

Instead of relying on government, the president said, “we put our faith in almighty God.”

President Trump highlighted Biden’s long career in politics and portrayed him as a betrayer of America’s blue collar workers.

“For 47 years, Joe Biden took the donations of blue-collar workers, gave them hugs, and even kisses,” Trump said, letting the line hang in the air for comedic effect, “and then told them he felt their pain—and then he flew back to Washington and voted to ship their jobs to China.”

Trump attacked Biden on trade policy toward China, on abortion, and on his approach to COVID-19. He criticized Biden for advocating for COVID-19 lockdowns, although the president himself was supportive of the lockdowns that began in March, and has claimed they saved millions of lives.

The overall theme of the speech, which at times devolved into a somewhat dry recitation of the president’s accomplishments, was that this is “the most important election in the history of our country” because Biden is a “Trojan horse” for a far-left socialist agenda that will jeopardize the safety and economic wellbeing of Americans.

“At no time before have voters faced a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies, or two agendas,” Trump said. “We have spent the last four years reversing the damage Joe Biden inflicted over the last 47 years. At the Democrat convention, you barely heard a word about their agenda. But that’s not because they don’t have one. It’s because their agenda is the most extreme set of proposals ever put forward by a major party nominee.”

Between 1,000 and 1,500 people attended the speech on the South Lawn of the White House, causing some observers to decry the lack of social distancing and masks. Outside the White House, hundreds of protesters also gathered and attempted to make enough noise to disrupt the speech—also neglecting any social distancing guidelines.

Others criticized Trump’s use of the White House for a campaign event. Trump acknowledged that criticism, unapologetically.

“What’s the name of that building?” Trump said as he turned around to look at the White House. “The fact is, we’re here, and they’re not. And that’s because of you.”

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Pence: ‘We’re not going to defund the police — not now, not ever.’

Vice President Mike Pence reiterated President Donald Trump’s call for law and order in his speech to the Republican National Committee on Wednesday night, promising the American people, “We’re not going to defund the police — not now, now ever.”

What are the details?

Speaking from Fort Henry in Baltimore, Maryland, the vice president painted a stark comparison between the Trump administration and what a Biden administration might look like.

“When you consider their agenda, it’s clear: Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for a radical left,” Pence said, according to RealClearPolitics. “The choice in this election has never been clearer and the stakes have never been higher. Last week, Joe Biden said democracy is on the ballot, but the truth is…our economic recovery is on the ballot, law and order is on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country.”

Protests over racial injustices often descending into violence, looting, rioting and arson have gripped the country for months since the death of George Floyd in May, and further chaos has overtaken the town of Kenosha, Wisconsin, since another black man, Jacob Blake, was shot by police there over the weekend.

“Last week, Joe Biden didn’t say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country,” Pence noted, referring to Biden’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.

But Pence addressed the issue head-on. “Let me be clear,” he said, as dictated by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “The violence must stop – whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha, Too many heroes have died defending our freedoms to see Americans strike each other down.”

Hitting out at the Democratic challenger to Trump once again, Pence added, “The hard truth is, you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America. Under President Trump, we will stand with those who stand on the thin blue line, and we’re not going to defund the police — not now, not ever.”

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GOP congressional candidate lifts himself up from his wheelchair to stand ‘for our Republic’ in RNC speech

North Carolina Republican congressional candidate Madison Cawthorn delivered a speech with a powerful ending to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, raising himself up from his wheelchair to stand “for our Republic.”

What are the details?

“This is a time of great adversity for our country, and I know something about adversity,” Cawthorn began, explaining that a car accident when he was 18 years old left him paralyzed from the waist down.

The 25-year-old went on to detail his first experience going out in public in a wheelchair to a professional baseball game, recalling that he “felt invisible” from his new perspective after previously standing at 6′ 3″.

He revealed that at the age of 20, he “thought about giving up,” but he persevered knowing that he could still make an impact.

“My accident has given me new eyes to see and new ears to hear,” Cawthorn said. “So, I say to people who feel forgotten, ignored and invisible: I see you. I hear you.”

The Hill noted that:

Cawthorn, if elected in North Carolina’s largely Republican 11th district, will be the youngest-ever member of Congress, something he noted in his remarks, saying ‘if you don’t think young people can change the world than you just don’t know American history.’

He pointed to the accomplishments of figures like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and James Madison in their twenties, adding ‘In times of peril young people have stepped up and saved this country abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled the cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps and cracked codes.’

As he started to wrap up his speech, Cawthorn told viewers, “You can kneel before God, but stand for our flag.”

Two other men walked up to Cawthorn from either side of him at that point, as the candidate continued, “The American idea my ancestors fought for during The Revolutionary War is just as exciting and revolutionary today as it was 250 years ago. I say to Americans who love our country—young and old—be a radical for freedom. Be a radical for liberty.”

Cawthorn grabbed the bars of a walker stabilized by the men assisting him as he said, “Be a radical for our republic. For which I stand.”

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Backlash is swift and intense when Bette Midler attacks Melania Trump: ‘She still can’t speak English’

Hollywood star Bette Midler learned the hard way not to attack first lady Melania Trump over her ability to speak English.

What’s the background?

The first lady headlined the second night of the Republican National Convention, delivering a well-received speech in which she urged Americans to unify while making the case that her husband, President Donald Trump, is the better of the 2020 presidential candidates.

“We all know Donald Trump makes no secrets about how he feels about things. Whether you like it or not, you always know what he’s thinking, and that is because he is an authentic person who loves this country and its people,” Mrs. Trump said.

What did Midler say?

While live-tweeting through the RNC speeches, Midler called the first lady an “illegal alien” — and mocked her ability to speak English.

#beBest is back! A UGE bore! She can speak several words in a few languages. Get that illegal alien off the stage!” Midler said.

She followed it up with, “Oh, God. She still can’t speak English.”

Later, Midler compared Melania to a mail-order bride. “I’m surprised Trump wants to destroy the #PostOffice. He got all his wives from it,” Midler said.

What was the response?

Midler’s comments, especially about Melania’s English-speaking abilities, triggered immediate backlash. That tweet in particular has received more than 50,000 comments as of Wednesday morning.

People were angry that Midler so callously attacked Melania, who was born in Slovenia and reportedly speaks six languages: Slovenian, English, Serbian, Italian, German, and French.

Midler was accused of racism and xenophobia:

  • “There is no one as racist and xenophobic as the tolerant left. To think that when I was growing up in Africa I fiercely admired you and many others who now are showing how low and hateful they can be. I’m ashamed for you,” one person said.
  • “As a Mexican immigrant I am very offended at your prejudice! My hard working parents with accents love and value this country! We put everything into what we do and do not expect to be treated unfairly because we may not sound like you ! Practice what you preach!” another person said.
  • “Oh hey look everyone… a washed up, dumpy old lady racist,” another person responded.
  • “She speaks 6 languages, English is one of them. How about you?” another person said.
  • “You are the epitome of everything you hate,” another person pointed out.
  • “Attacking an immigrant because of her accent. The loving and tolerant left,” another person responded.
  • “I’d rather listen to Melania speak than listen to you sing,” another person mocked.
  • “No, she’s just speaking with an accent. You, however, are a fool in any language,” Ben Shapiro said.
  • “An immigrant woman, who doesn’t have English as her first language, just got up on on a stage and was so gracious that she refused to attack classless people like you and instead focused on hope and positivity. I’ll take her accent over your ghoulishness any day,” another person said.
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First lady Melania Trump offers sympathy and calls for unity in RNC speech: ‘I urge people to come together in a civil manner’

First lady Melania Trump delivered a speech to the Republican National Convention calling for all Americans to come together in addressing the issues faced by the nation, while making her case for reelecting her husband, President Donald Trump.

What are the details?

Following her introduction, Mrs. Trump began, “I want to acknowledge the fact that since March, our lives have changed drastically. The invisible enemy, COVID-19, swept across our beautiful country and impacted all of us. My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone that has lost a loved one, and my prayers are with those that are ill or suffering.

“I know many people are anxious and some feel helpless. I want you to know you’re not alone,” she continued. “My husband’s administration will not stop fighting until there is an effective treatment or vaccine available to everyone. Donald will not rest until he has done all he can to take care of everyone impacted by this terrible pandemic.”

The first lady delivered her speech in the recently renovated White House Rose Garden, in front of her husband, who sat in the front row. She recalled her own path as an immigrant in the U.S.:

I arrived in the United States when I was 26 years old. Living and working in the land of opportunity was a dream come true, but I wanted more. I wanted to be a citizen. After 10 years of paperwork and patience, I studied for the test in 2006 and became an American citizen. It is still one of the proudest moments in my life because with hard work and determination, I was able to achieve my own American dream.

As an immigrant and a very independent woman, I understand what a privilege it is to live here and to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that we have. As first lady, I have been fortunate to see the American dream come true over and over again.

What about the protests?

In addressing the ongoing protests across the nation that have often descended into chaos, Mrs. Trump asked that citizens “take a moment, pause, and look at things from all perspectives.

“It is a harsh reality that we are not proud of parts of our history,” she said. “I encourage people to focus on our future while still learning from our past. We must remember that today we are all one community comprised of many races, religions, and ethnicities. Our diverse and storied history is what makes our country strong, and yet we still have so much to learn from one another.

“I urge people to come together in a civil manner,” she said. “Stop the violence and looting being done in the name of justice.”

Making the case for reelecting President Trump, Mrs. Trump said, “We all know Donald Trump makes no secrets about how he feels about thing. Whether you like it or not, you always know what he’s thinking, and that is because he is an authentic person who loves this country and its people.”


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Democrats outraged over Mike Pompeo’s RNC speech delivered from Jerusalem

Democrats are expressing fury over Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned address to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night, accusing the nation’s top diplomat of violating norms and possibly even the law by engaging in a partisan event.

What are the details?

According to The Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told MSNBC that it was “appalling” for Pompeo to have recorded his speech in Israel while on official government business, saying that doing so is in violation of State Department rules prohibiting employees from participating in partisan activities.

“Now he’s doing just that thing,” Pelosi said of Pompeo, “and then, of course, really sadly, discoloring our bipartisanship in terms of our support for Israel, which has always been bipartisan, and we always want it to be.”

She argued, “This image is something that’s going to say, look at us, we’re here in Israel making a speech to the Republican National Convention, violating our values in terms of the bipartisanship and our support of Israel, violating in many ways what he told his own employees.”

Politico reported that earlier this year, Pompeo signed off on an internal email to employees from Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun “that urged them to look at a handful of legal memos that laid out an updated set of limitations on the political activity of U.S. diplomats and other State staffers.”

One of the legal memos had the following phrase highlighted: “Senate-confirmed Presidential appointees may not even attend a political party convention or convention-related event.”

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager and communications told The Hill in a separate report, “Secretary Pompeo’s decision to address the Republican Convention from Jerusalem isn’t just an abuse of taxpayer dollars, it undermines the critical work being done by the State Department.”

The outlet noted that a State Department spokesperson told them Monday “that no department resources would be directed toward Pompeo’s address and no staff have been involved in preparing for the speech.”

According to NBC News, diplomats were “aghast” at the news of Pompeo’s slated address to the RNC, with one telling the outlet, “It’s all just shredding the Hatch Act” which is a law that bars government employees from political activities “on the job or in their official capacities.”

House subcommittee plans to investigate

Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro (Texas), who heads up the subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has launched an investigation into Pompeo giving the RNC speech.

The congressman tweeted Tuesday, “.@SecPompeo‘s participation in the #RNCConvention during the course of official @StateDept work is not only unacceptable, but appears that it may also be illegal. I’ve launched a @HouseForeign investigation.”

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‘Lifelong Democrat’ calls in to C-SPAN after watching RNC speeches — says he is now voting Republican

A caller who identified himself as a “lifelong Democrat” called in to C-SPAN on Monday after watching the first slate of speeches at the Republican National Convention and announced that he will be voting Republican this year.

“I’m a lifelong Democrat, I’m from Lorain, Ohio, which is a Democrat city in Ohio. And I just want to say after watching the convention tonight on TV, on C-SPAN here, I am definitely changing my vote to Republican,” the caller, who identified himself as Rick, said.

“I tell you what, they just put the Democratic Party to shame. I’m going to follow the Republican Party now,” he continued.

When asked to explain what convinced him to change his mind, Rick explained the “heartfelt” message of the Republican speakers resonated with him deeply — especially their religious emphasis.

“It was the heartfelt way they came across to the American people, and I was really touched by the number of times they used the word ‘God.’ They put God into everything,” Rick explained. “The people on the Democratic side, at their convention, act like they were pushing God right out of it — and that had a lot to do with changing my mind.”

It is not clear how many “Ricks” exist. What is clear, however, is that, according to the latest ABC/YouGov poll, President Donald Trump is leading Joe Biden among independent voters — a significant positive for the Trump campaign — though Trump continues to trail Biden overall.

The first night of the RNC had a packed speaker schedule. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and Donald Trump Jr. were among the speakers.

As TheBlaze reported, Scott delivered a well-received and emotional speech in which he sought to inject hope into the election.

“Our family went from cotton to Congress in one lifetime. And that’s why I believe the next American century can be better than the last,” Scott said. “There are millions of families just like mine all across this nation, full of potential, seeking to live the American dream. And I’m here tonight to tell you that supporting the Republican ticket gives you the best chance of making that dream a reality.”

On Tuesday, first lady Melania Trump, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will headline the RNC.

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‘It’s … graphic’: Abby Johnson unveils preview of ‘provocative’ RNC abortion speech

Pro-life advocate Abby Johnson offered up a preview of her upcoming Republican National Convention speech during a recent interview with “The Church Boys Podcast,” explaining that she’s hoping her five-minute address will be stirring, memorable — and convicting.

“I felt a lot of pressure to make the most provocative, impassioned, memorable pro-life … speech ever made,” she told hosts Chris Field, Lucas Miles, and Billy Hallowell.

(Read also: Ex-Abortion Workers Reveal Why They Became Pro-Life)

Johnson, whose personal story of converting from a Planned Parenthood clinic director to one of America’s most famous pro-life activists was told through the movie “Unplanned,” didn’t go into detail about the specific contents of her speech, which she will deliver Tuesday. But she did note that “it’s pretty graphic.”

Listen to Johnson preview her RNC speech at the 9-minute mark (and unveil details about her new podcast, “Politely Rude”):

“I was talking to my husband and I said, ‘They could have asked a lot of people. There are a lot of great pro-life speakers out there and they asked me,'” Johnson said, noting that her “lived experience” is what differentiates her from many others in the pro-life speaker circuit.

She has been a “part of abortion” in the past and has seen it first-hand — something those who saw “Unplanned” know all too well.

(Read also: 5 Pro-Life Movies You Can Watch Now)

Now, Johnson is hoping to make a profound impact through her speech, leaving the audience with a deeply stirring message about the true nature and impact of abortion.

“I feel like people are going to listen to this 5-minute speech and they’re going to walk away,” she said. “And they’re not going to ever be able to say, ‘Wow, we had no idea that those things happen during abortion.’ They’re going to know.”

Johnson added that she likes “shocking people out of their apathy and into action.”

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Cuban immigrant delivers passionate RNC speech warning Americans about the far left

American businessman and Cuban immigrant Maximo Alvarez delivered a gripping speech during the Republican National Convention, warning Americans that far left movements rising in the United States remind him of Fidel Castro’s communist regime in Cuba.

What are the details?

“I’m speaking to you today because President [Donald] Trump may not always care about being polite — but all the far left cares about is power,” Alvarez said. “Power for them — not for us.

“I’ve seen movements like this before,” the founder and president of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors recalled. “I’ve seen ideas like this before and I’m here to tell you, we cannot let them take over our country. I heard the promises of Fidel Castro. And I can never forget all those who grew up around me, who looked like me, who could have been me, who suffered and starved and died because they believed those empty promises.”

Alvarez, who escaped to the United States 60 years ago, continued, “Those false promises — spread the wealth, defund the police, trust a socialist state more than your family and community — don’t sound radical to my ears. They sound familiar. When Fidel Castro was asked if he was a communist, he said he was a Roman Catholic — he knew he had to hide the truth.

“I may be Cuban born, but I am 100% American,” Alvarez declared, fighting back tears. “This is the greatest country in the world. If I gave away everything I have today, it would not equal 1% of what I was given when I came to this great country: The gift of Freedom.”


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Alvarez went viral last month for delivering a show-stopping talk during a business roundtable discussion that included President Donald Trump.

The businessman said at the time about life under Castro’s rise, “I remember all the promises that we hear today about free education and free health care and free land. My God, no freedom. But he never said that until after he was in power, got rid of all the police, got rid of all the military. … And he destroyed each and every one of them who helped him.”

Remembering what his father said of America, Alvarez told the audience, “He saw me graduate from college, and that was the biggest prize he ever had. And he said, ‘Don’t lose this place because you’re never going to be as lucky as me. Because if you lose this place, you have no place to go.'”

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CNN cuts away from Trump RNC speech, likens president to Pontius Pilate

CNN broke away from its coverage Monday of the Republican National Convention during President Donald Trump’s address to party delegates, in order to “fact-check” his statements and compared the president to Pontius Pilate — the Roman governor of Judaea who handed Jesus Christ over to be crucified.

What are the details?

The left-leaning news outlet cut off Trump’s speech to offer input on the president’s statements while Fox News and MSNBC stayed, according to The Hill, allowing anchors at CNN to provide their own fact checks.

Host Anderson Cooper said of the president’s statements, “It is sort of all the most recent greatest hits and false statements by the president, and I imagine what we’re going to hear a lot this week from the president who clearly wants to be out front every single day.”

Chief national correspondent John King replied, “It underscores the challenge, Anderson, for us in the news business and really for people watching at home if you are a voter who has not decided — if you are a voter who is not firm in your decision — to watch the next four days, because this is a sad thing to say but a lot of what you just heard from the president of the United States is wrong, misleading, or outright lies.

“He was the disruptive outsider last time, there were all these character questions about him 2016, but … there were enough people in enough places who wanted something different in Washington,” King continued. “They wanted Washington disrupted, they voted for Donald Trump and he got his Electoral College victory. Now he is the beleaguered incumbent, and you’re right, he often almost seems like Pontius Pilate.”

Mediaite reported that CNN cut away “as Trump ranted against mail-in voting, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s hearing before the House, and the RNC’s lack of cable news coverage.”

Anything else?

Liberal Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) also compared Trump to Pontius Pilate on CNN three years ago, accusing the president of “washing his hands” of the situation when he decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

TheBlaze’s Dave Urbanski noted at the time:

Among Pilate’s actions was a moment on Good Friday when — after determining Jesus committed no crime but seeing the crowd who wanted him dead getting angrier — he symbolically cast away responsibility for what was about to happen to Jesus by washing his hands.

“I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” (Matthew 27:24).

With that, the Gospel says, Pilate “had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.”

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Ex-DNC chair — who shared debate questions with Hillary Clinton — tells RNC chief to ‘go to hell’ over prospect of brokered Dem convention

Former Democratic National Committee chairwoman turned Fox News contributor Donna Brazile lost her cool on Monday, lashing out on air at Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and telling the GOP chief to “go to hell.”

Brazile — who famously
shared debate questions with Hillary Clinton ahead of time during the Democratic primary against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in 2016 — was apparently fired up over the suggestion that the DNC could be looking at a brokered convention in 2020.

What are the details?

On Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Ms. McDaniel weighed in on the Democratic presidential primary, saying, “It does depend on how big the lead that Sanders takes out of California is, if he picks up a huge proportion of delegates, but I don’t see anybody getting out soon and it’s leading towards potentially a brokered [DNC] convention which will be rigged against Bernie if those superdelegates have their way on the second vote.”

Co-hosts Ed Henry and Sandra Smith then turned to Brazile for her reaction, and the Democratic operative came unglued.

“First of all, I want to talk to my Republicans,” Brazile began. “First of all, stay the hell out of our race. Stay the hell out of our race. I get sick and tired, Ed and Sandra, of listening to Republicans tell me and the Democrats about our process.”

The ex-DNC chair continued, “First of all, they don’t have a process. They’re canceling primaries. They have winner take all. They don’t have the kind of democracy that we see on the Democratic side. And for people to use Russian talking points to sow division among Americans — that is stupid.”

“So, Ronna, go to hell!” Brazile said. “This is not about — no, go to hell, I’m tired of it, Ed…We are not trying to prevent anyone from becoming the nominee.”

Following the 2016 election, Brazile wrote a book wherein she claimed the DNC and the Clinton campaign rigged the primaries against Sanders. She later walked back that claim, but told her Democratic critics at the time to “go to hell.”

How did McDaniel respond?

McDaniel wrote on Twitter after the interview, “It’s ok, @donnabrazile. I’d be having a bad day too if my party was still hopelessly divided. Talk of a brokered convention and the DNC trying to stop Bernie obviously hit a little close to home.”

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