Here are some reactions of notable pundits and luminaries from twitter-world to the hate-fest called the republican national convention (RepCon). Some just point out the truth in bare terms, others use biting humor to get the point across. All agree that this was boring and unhinged.
Yep, this is #PutinsGOPConvention
Was having trouble following the RNC convention and then remembered I forgot to hire a Russian translator #PutinsGOPConvention
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) August 25, 2020
With themes picked up from Nazi Germany –
I remember watching the 1992 convention when Pat Buchanan gave his famous speech and everyone was shocked.
Guilfoyle gives that speech a run for its money. And as Molly Ivins memorably observed, "it sounded better in the original German."
— digby (@digby56) August 25, 2020
And China and North Korea –
I feel well prepared for this Republican National Convention, having covered personality cults in China and North Korea.
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) August 25, 2020
Here is a quick summary of the night –
This convention is a bubbling cauldron of delusion, insanity and grievance.
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) August 25, 2020
A slightly longer summary –
Endless praise for Dear Leader, lies about the pandemic (when it comes up at all), racist dog whistles, Biden hits untethered from reality, and Kim Guilfoyle yelling from the palace balcony in her mind. What an ugly, dark convention.
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) August 25, 2020
So much of this convention is about the Democrats and Trump's grievances. The COVID nurse – good move – has now been followed up with a segment we could call: "COVID: NOT TRUMP'S FAULT!"
The insecurity of the Republicans is oozing through the TV and stinking up my desk.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) August 25, 2020
Even David Brooks gets it –
This convention is targeted to one voter: Donald Trump. The whole convention is to make his lonely soul feel affirmed.
— David Brooks (@nytdavidbrooks) August 25, 2020
That’s ‘cuz trump supporters cannot read.
In the middle of a pandemic, historic economic downturn, and double-digit unemployment, the Republican National Convention decided there’s no need for an agenda – for the people.
So there’s no 2020 Republican Party Platform; only a pledge of allegiance to Donald Trump.
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) August 25, 2020
Paul Krugman predicted the scare-mongering. So did everyone else.
Crazy conspiracy theories are what you go for when you can't do your actual job https://t.co/teLfv0QaWT
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) August 24, 2020
republicans are not very creative, or have you noticed?
Just as television, last week was much more vibrant and visually interesting, and more inviting beyond the base. This is a relentless diatribe of person after person marching to the same podium to loudly praise Trump and to pretend that Joe Biden is a communist. https://t.co/bpJ1Zudmzn
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) August 25, 2020
Is this convention too evil even for Fox?
Fox News has cut away from the Republican convention. pic.twitter.com/VauD1J2ZEN
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) August 25, 2020
Or are they trying to spice it up?
Fox News can't be happy with this boring RNC Convention with accused felons as the featured speakers, because Hannity is liberally editing it by bringing his OWN guests, lunatics like failed NRA tv host Dan Bongino and Leningrad Lindsey Graham.#TrumpChaos #PutinsGOPConvention
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) August 25, 2020
A fact-check projection –
The DNC's projection at the Newseum, around the corner from the RNC's home base, the Mellon Auditorium: "Donald Trump's COVID Chaos…5.7 million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S…175,000+ COVID-19 deaths in the U.S….'It is what it is" -Donald Trump" pic.twitter.com/6vC1cOquhK
— Kendall Karson (@kendallkarson) August 25, 2020
Everything is aimed at Les Déplorables.
I was just thinking the exact same thing.
This whole convention is pretty unintelligible to anyone who's not already a sworn member of the tribe. https://t.co/fi08jkC3qP
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) August 25, 2020
trump still trying to unload that stash of HCQ –
"It's a shame what they've done" to hydroxychloroquine, the president says at the convention about the anti-malaria medication that the government and independent studies have concluded is not effective against the coronavirus and may cause serious harm to some patients.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 25, 2020
It’s boring … for anyone with a brain.
It’s boring. Live speeches without audiences. The DNC was like a film. It told a story. This is like being in a convention hall without any people listening to speakers rehearse their speeches. https://t.co/SqF9kFZdJo
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) August 25, 2020
Republicans don’t do fashion. Or intelligence. Or humor. Or …
This "convention" is an infomercial for for xenophobia, hate, violence, and horrible suits
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) August 25, 2020
This convention is so shrill. It's like being stuck in the corner of a bar at closing time with Jeanine Pirro.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) August 25, 2020
Watching Nazi propaganda while drinking cool-aid?
I feel like the RNC convention is a really poorly made Nazi propaganda film with horrible actors and glasses of Kool-Aid waiting to be swallowed sitting on the table. #RNCConvention2020
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) August 25, 2020
Trivia from Lawrence O’Donnell –
If you’re keeping count, not all the Mrs. Trumps at the last convention are still Mrs. Trumps.
That’s why Trump girlfriend is a new speaking category this year.
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) August 25, 2020
I will have to Google that –
Wow! The Republican convention feels like a cross between Plan 9 from Outer Space and The Stepford Wives. But we all now know . . . the stars belong to Matt Gaetz.
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) August 25, 2020
Kimberly Guilfoyle was yelling at empty chairs.
Kimberly Guilfoyle making sure no white suburban women votes for Trump.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) August 25, 2020
While Don. Jr. looked angry, weird and scary –
Donald Trump Jr. looks like he’s been crying. Did Kimberly G. yell at him?
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) August 25, 2020
Some analysis of Don Jr’s teary eyes –
Besides all the things he's saying with his mouth there is no reason to believe Trump Jr. is high
I agree with those who say that he's weeping out of pseudo-religious ecstasy for how great this grift is going for his family so far
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) August 25, 2020
A more literary description –
Small of nostril, swift of pulse, red of eye, the eldest son of Prince Donald of Orange mounted the stage after getting a mysterious package from his alchemist.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) August 25, 2020
Here is an alternate convention on YouTube, one about founding principles –
The Convention on Founding Principles is underway. Powerful speakers coming up in the moments ahead. Join us! ???????? https://t.co/8fC1FZtbaj
— Evan McMullin (@EvanMcMullin) August 25, 2020
A word from trump’s former fixer-upper. There are plenty more in the pipeline.
The people who know Donald Trump best are sounding the alarm: our country cannot survive four more years of a Trump presidency.
— American Bridge 21st Century (@American_Bridge) August 24, 2020
Subtle this convention is not. Air raid sirens not dog whistles. And a playbook from very different eras, dark and divisive but often politically effective eras, in American history. Will it work in 2020?
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) August 25, 2020
It’s our job to make sure it doesn’t work.
In any case, let’s stay focused on our task ahead — not letting trump steal the election. GOTV.