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RNC 2020: Four heroes from the convention’s first night

The Republican Party seized the high ground in the opening of the RNC in Charlotte last night, giving America something to feel good about. Powerful speakers mostly concentrated on positive things about America, sticking to the night’s theme of America as a “Land Of Heroes.”

The biggest stars of the night weren’t the politicians, who often looked a bit stiff without the crowds to pace them. Instead, the heroes were the ordinary folks who addressed the RNC about some simple truths.

Here’s a look at the top four RNC heroes from night one of the RNC:

4. Kim Klacik

Nothing that internet superstar Klacik said was new but any time a Black, Republican woman stands up for true hope and change in West Baltimore, it’s special. Klacik, 32, is running for Elijah Cummings’ old seat. Yes, she’s a would-be politician, but still, not quite a politico yet.

Take away:

“The days of blindly supporting the Democrats are coming to an end. In Baltimore, we have the highest number of Black Republicans in the entire country running for office this election cycle. Joe Biden thinks the color of someone’s skin dictates their political views. We are not buying your lies anymore. You and your party have neglected us for far too long.”

3. Herschel Walker

Walker gave an impassioned, logical, personal and sometimes funny defense of President Trump, calling him “my president.”

Walker, 58, knows a lot about Trump because he played for him from 1983-1985 when Trump owned the New Jersey Generals of the USFL.

In the most personal moment of the night, Walker related how he was taking the Trump kids to Disney when, at the last minute, Trump decided to go along.

“So there he was,” said Walker, “in a business suit, on the ‘It’s a Small World’ ride. That was something to see. It just shows you what a caring, loving father he is.”

On a more serious note, Walker said he was insulted by the taunt that Trump is a racist.

Take away:

“I watched him treat the janitors, security guards and waiters the same way he would treat a VIP. He made them feel special because he knew they were. He understands that they are the people who make this country run. They clean. They cook. They build. They drive. They deliver. He told me, ‘Herschel, make an effort to get to know people. Remember their names.’ That stuck with me.”

2. Andrew Pollack

Maybe it was because Pollack speaks New Yorker, but in a way different from the politicians, his simple truth-telling about who Trump is, and what Trump’s done, was a high highlight in a night full of them. Pollack’s daughter Meadow was killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

“I got to see who President Trump really is. He’s a good man and a great listener. And he cuts through the B.S…he took action. He formed a school safety commission that issued dozens of recommendations to make schools safer,” Pollack said.

Take away:

“It’s hard to tell how much Mr. Biden understands about what happened at Parkland. But he doesn’t even seem to know when this shooting happened—he said that he was Vice President when it happened. But he wasn’t. Mr. Biden may not know who was Vice President that day but I do. It wasn’t Joe Biden. It was Mike Pence, thank God. And I know who the President was too. It wasn’t Barack Obama. It was President Donald J. Trump. And he took action.”

1. Maximo Alvarez

Alvarez is a double immigrant having fled socialism in Spain and then in Cuba. He warned that Fidel Castro, before he seized power, would describe himself and a “Catholic” in order to ally people’s fear of socialism.

“I’ve seen movements like this before. I’ve seen ideas like this before. I am here to tell you – we cannot let them take over our country,” Alvarez said. “I heard the promises of Fidel Castro. And I can never forget all those who grew up around me, who looked like me, who suffered and starved and died because they believed those empty promises. They swallowed the communist poison pill.”

Take away:

“When I watch the news in Seattle and Chicago and Portland, when I see history being rewritten, when I hear the promises—I hear echoes of a former life I never wanted to hear again. I see shadows I thought I had outrun.

“I still hear my dad (saying), ‘There is no other place to go.'”

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