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Tom Cotton, U.S. Senator from Arkansas, speaks Monday night at the Republican Nation Convention (Hill 'n Holler photo of official RNC live stream)

Tom Cotton, U.S. Senator from Arkansas, speaks Monday night at the Republican Nation Convention (Hill ‘n Holler photo of official RNC live stream)

Cleveland, Ohio — The 2016 Republican National Convention opened to a relatively quiet day Monday, July 18, despite unsuccessful shouts from the floor for a roll call vote in an effort to bring up a “vote your conscience” motion to release pledged delegates. The Trump Machine rolled on without a hitch, powered by voice votes, and the Ayes had it.
To view the 66-page 2016 Republican Platform, approved by a voice vote Monday, click RNC2016platform.
The evening program featured several speakers who focused in on “Make America Safe” Again including retired Lt. General Michael T. Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Flynn, who was highly critical of President Obama’s military track record and Hillary Clinton’s, led the crowd in a chant of “U.S.A.” and referring to Clinton, “Lock Her Up!” Flynn came out and urged Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic candidate, to drop out of the race right now.
Lt General Flynn painted the presumptive GOP nominee, Donald Trump, as the man to make America safe again and a world military power.
The Lt Gen. Flynn told America to wake up — “You can’t sit this one out,” he warned. Flynn said Trump understood that in business and war the advantage goes to the competitor who does not flinch and does not broadcast his game plan
Speaking on the same “Make America Safe” theme Arkansas U.S. Senator Tom Cotton made his second appearance on the platform Monday (could be they’re grooming him for bigger things). Cotton did not come on as a total hawk, saying that no man wants more war if he’s seen the face of war.
Cotton said the country needs a commander in chief who speaks about winning wars and not just ending wars and who calls the enemy by its name. He spoke to independents and Democrats who share the dream of making America safe again. He did not talk about Trump — Only mentioned him once.
To view a transcript, from Time magazine, of Cotton’s prepared speech, click HERE.
Keeping in line with Military for Trump, Jason Beardsley, former master sergeant with U.S. Army Special Forces, did a little “Lock Her Up” chant, and said Trump would be the leader that military forces would bleed and die for — That he would restore the country’s honor.
Also on the platform Monday night were U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus of Iowa, and Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana.
Ernst said it was time to stand up and fight for the safety of our children and ourselves. “Terrorists from ISIS are in every one of our 50 states,” Ernst told the Convention. “They will use whatever weapons they have: guns, trucks, knives, poisons, and bombs to kill innocent people.”
Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, said he knew some of the occupant of Gitmo and that they need to stay there forever.
Basically Republicans worked on Trump’s “Keep America Safe” theme on opening night and worked on his image as an improved Commander in Chief.
Scheduled for Tuesday, with activities starting at 5:30 p.m. ET, is the official nomination of Donald Trump. Tentatively scheduled to speak Tuesday are Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, along with Donald Trump Jr. and Dr. Ben Carson.
Scheduled to speak Wednesday are the vice presidential nominee ((presumably Mike Pence), Ted Cruz and Newt Gingrich.
Scheduled to speak Thursday is Donald Trump, as well as RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Ivanka Trump.
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Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn spoke at the Republican National Convention Monday night. (C-Span photo)

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn spoke at the Republican National Convention Monday night. (C-Span photo)


Jason Beardsley spoke at the convention Monday night. (Hill 'n Holler photo of official RNC live stream)

Jason Beardsley spoke at the convention Monday night. (Hill ‘n Holler photo of official RNC live stream)


The Republican National Convention Monday night (Hill 'n Holler photo of official RNC live stream)

The Republican National Convention Monday night (Hill ‘n Holler photo of official RNC live stream)

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