Moments after GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump finished his speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, Maryland delegates reacted with universal praise and optimism about his chances against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
All in all it was one of Donald J. Trump’s best speeches, more responsible, more specific and really just more persuasive. The question is whether any speech, however improved and moving, can take all attention away from the periodically outrageous, inconsistent and personal attacking of Donald Trump, But this speech had none of those weaknesses.
While Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was the headliner of the third night of the GOP convention, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s refusal to endorse Donald Trump consumed the day-after conversations among the delegates from Maryland — and every other state. An embedded video adds voices of other delegates to the mix.
It took Gov. Larry Hogan about two and half hours to drive 126 miles from Annapolis to the Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield, and then it took him another two and half hours to go about 100 yards from where he arrived to the Bruce Bereano tent. “It was unbelievable,” said the governor as he finally got to sit down and eat some fresh picked crab with crackers and cream cheese.
The major speeches at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night revealed some cardinal strengths and weaknesses of the Republican effort to win the White House. While others rose to the occasion, Ted Cruz delivered rhetorical betrayal; it was the Pearl Harbor sneak attack of speeches; it can only hurt Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
It was the job he wanted: president of the United States. But Tuesday night, Dr. Ben Carson took the stage at Quicken Loans Arena in support of his one-time competitor, Donald Trump, as he became the Republican nominee for that very job. The message from the retired neurosurgeon was startling — by electing presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the United States would be choosing a person “who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer.”
Instead of traveling to her party’s gathering where Donald Trump claimed the GOP’s presidential nomination Wednesday, Maryland House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga decided to remain in her own state to focus on her campaign against Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Montgomery County for the open U.S. Senate seat. “I am a little sorry I couldn’t be there,” said Szeliga, who represents Baltimore County in the Maryland House of Delegates. “But I should be here (in Maryland) meeting voters.”
As Donald Trump seems primed to accept the nomination as the GOP’s 2016 presidential candidate this week at the Republican National Convention, party leaders are eying a problem: finding a way to coalesce the base around the controversial business mogul.
Some of my friends . . . and at least one daughter . . . find my opinion and passion for Donald Trump a bit hard to comprehend, writes Delegate Trent Kittleman. The election of Donald Trump may very well be the last, best hope of preserving this country as the constitutional republic our founders created.
This is a big week for Republicans – their quadrennial national convention in Cleveland. For Maryland’s conventioneers, it’s “Donald Trump All the Way.” Nary a discouraging word will be heard from them – unless they’re talking about Hillary Clinton.
The state’s GOP delegates’ loyalty to Trump, the party’s flamboyant and controversial presumptive nominee, was sealed when the New York real estate tycoon thrashed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the April 26 Maryland primary.