Far from being dark or dystopian, we found in Donald Trump’s acceptance speech the first glimmer of hope for the restoration of our country and the real change for which Mr. Viguerie has long campaigned: My message is that things have to change and they have to change right now. Every day I wake up determined to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation that had been ignored, neglected and abandoned.

Republican primary voters tend toward primogeniture and they may make a cause out of a closely fought loss, as Nixon’s supporters did over his 1960 loss to John F. Kennedy and Reagan’s conservative supporters did in 1976 after he was denied the Republican nomination, but it appears that general election voters have a higher standard and they will never forgive or look at a sore loser as worthy of the highest office in the land.

Donald Trump’s speech on Thursday night touched on all the themes of his campaign and emphasized his deep passion for fighting for America’s little guy against the elites. Plus, It’s time Ted Cruz learned politics really is a team sport where cheering is appreciated; Mike Pence places the Supreme Court at the heart of the 2016 election, and, Hard as it is to believe, Hillary is still in the presidential race.

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Last night Ted Cruz pleased the 5% of #NeverTrump Republicans and disappointed and angered the vast majority in the conservative movement. In doing so Ted Cruz lost his chance to be the leader of the conservative movement, and effectively handed that mantle over to Mike Pence, in whom conservatives are now likely to invest their time, energy, resources and hopes to advance the conservative agenda.

How long that leadership lasts, or if it will be contested, remains to be seen, but by joining the Trump ticket, and last night through his remarks to the Republican National Convention, Mike Pence showed he understands the Trump coalition is the future, and he showed real leadership by making himself an essential element of that coalition’s success in the 2016 election; future-focused conservatives now have the leader they’ve been looking for and it's Mike Pence.

Day three of the Republican Convention was supposed to be the most predictable yet, but turned out to be anything but thanks to a rather odd address by Ted Cruz. Plus, Carried to its extreme, John Kasich’s election boycott could make him the goat of the century; If Hillary wins, expect a mass exodus from the military Special Forces, and, Newt Gingrich is pushing Trump to undo Obama administration on Day One – literally.

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Far from being dark or dystopian, we found in Donald Trump’s acceptance speech the first glimmer of hope for the restoration of our country and the real change for which Mr. Viguerie has long campaigned: My message is that things have to change and they have to change right now. Every day I wake up determined to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation that had been ignored, neglected and abandoned.

Republican primary voters tend toward primogeniture and they may make a cause out of a closely fought loss, as Nixon’s supporters did over his 1960 loss to John F. Kennedy and Reagan’s conservative supporters did in 1976 after he was denied the Republican nomination, but it appears that general election voters have a higher standard and they will never forgive or look at a sore loser as worthy of the highest office in the land.

Donald Trump’s speech on Thursday night touched on all the themes of his campaign and emphasized his deep passion for fighting for America’s little guy against the elites. Plus, It’s time Ted Cruz learned politics really is a team sport where cheering is appreciated; Mike Pence places the Supreme Court at the heart of the 2016 election, and, Hard as it is to believe, Hillary is still in the presidential race.

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Last night Ted Cruz pleased the 5% of #NeverTrump Republicans and disappointed and angered the vast majority in the conservative movement. In doing so Ted Cruz lost his chance to be the leader of the conservative movement, and effectively handed that mantle over to Mike Pence, in whom conservatives are now likely to invest their time, energy, resources and hopes to advance the conservative agenda.

How long that leadership lasts, or if it will be contested, remains to be seen, but by joining the Trump ticket, and last night through his remarks to the Republican National Convention, Mike Pence showed he understands the Trump coalition is the future, and he showed real leadership by making himself an essential element of that coalition’s success in the 2016 election; future-focused conservatives now have the leader they’ve been looking for and it's Mike Pence.

Day three of the Republican Convention was supposed to be the most predictable yet, but turned out to be anything but thanks to a rather odd address by Ted Cruz. Plus, Carried to its extreme, John Kasich’s election boycott could make him the goat of the century; If Hillary wins, expect a mass exodus from the military Special Forces, and, Newt Gingrich is pushing Trump to undo Obama administration on Day One – literally.

The reality is that the Blackwell - Cuccinelli reform package had nothing to do with #NeverTrump or unbinding Trump delegates and by defeating it the Trump delegates made the Republican National Committee and the state party organizations considerably less democratic, open and transparent and made the rise of another populist candidate like Trump that much more difficult – if not impossible.

In a campaign that is all about communicating brand before policies and ideas Tiffany Trump’s remarks stood out as what may very well be the first speech about love delivered to a national political convention and for that distinction we deem it the most import speech of the evening.

Day two of the Republican National Convention lacked the fireworks of the first day, but there were still plenty of interesting things to observe. Plus, It’s official: Donald J. Trump is the Republican nominee; #NeverTrump’s reaction to the establishment’s heavy-handed rules move was over the top, and, Crooked Hillary will announce winner of Democrat Veepstakes day after RNC concludes.

Trump’s goal, as we see it, was to build and reinforce his brand, as much through non-verbal as through verbal communications. By keeping establishment Republicans like Paul Ryan, that millions of Americans hate, off the stage, and by putting Mrs. Trump, the very embodiment of the Trump brand, plus a highly targeted group of political outsiders on the stage, Trump went far in accomplish that goal.

The evening program of the first day of the Republican National Convention offered plenty of interest, but the “stars” of the show were not necessarily the ones you would expect. Plus, #NeverTrump wanted convention chaos and in getting it killed necessary reforms of the RNC that conservatives have been working on for years; Ted Cruz will back Trump because everyone will be better off when The Donald wins, and, Beyond Cleveland, Trump is just getting started.

The botched coup is likely to act like the infamous Reichstag fire under the Nazis and accelerate the Erdogan government’s race to the dictatorial bottom. He is likely to become more vindictive and paranoid—understandably so, because he does have enemies everywhere.

Front Page Headlines

  • Greg Corombos, WND.com

    “He has to be a bigger man than to hold these grudges. We’re talking about America,” Viguerie said. “We’re talking about Western civilization. We’re talking about our freedoms here. This is not a city council race. This is not a House race or a Senate or governor’s race. This is for leadership of the free world.”

  • Patrick J. Buchanan, BernardGoldberg.com

    About Cruz, a prediction: He will not be the nominee in 2020. He will never be the nominee. If Trump wins, Cruz is cooked. If Trump loses, his people will not forget the Brutus who stuck the knife in his back.

  • Politico Staff

    "To all Americans tonight, in all our cities and towns, I make this promise: We Will Make America Strong Again. We Will Make America Proud Again. We Will Make America Safe Again. And We Will Make America Great Again."

  • Jonathan Easley, The Hill

    Donald Trump’s nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland ran longer than any acceptance address in the modern era. Trump’s marathon address clocked in at nearly 76 minutes, eclipsing Bill Clinton’s 64-minute acceptance speech in 1996, according to an analysis by C-SPAN.

  • Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

    It was not an eloquent speech, not lofty, very plain and blunt. But it was powerful. After reading a copy of the speech leaked in advance by a mischief maker, an anti-Trump conservative intellectual emailed me. “He’s going to win,” he said. The moment at least was not unknowable to him.

  • Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner

    "Trump might be the only one of the 17 that ran in this primary that could win in the general election. Numerically, with the message we had, we were almost stillborn going into the general with the electoral map that exists. Trump has changed the map. Pennsylvania's in play. Michigan's in play."

  • Larry Kudlow, Daily Caller

    In the space of about 10 or 12 minutes, Mike Pence turned a demoralized, dispirited, depressed, negative convention into an upbeat, optimistic, united convention. He hit all the right notes and had a lot of optimism in his speech. The Cruz disaster, that had left the convention hall spinning just moments before, was suddenly swept away.

  • Kelly Cohen, Washington Examiner

    "Well I'm talking about trade, I'm talking about law and order, I'm going to be talking about borders," Trump told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired Thursday morning on "Good Morning America." Trump added that the message in his Thursday night speech will echo prior ones.

  • Nick Gass and Matthew Nussbaum, Politico

    After largely being overshadowed by Trump during his official debut last weekend, the billionaire businessman’s running mate used the prime-time stage on Wednesday night to bridge the divide between the conservatives who have fallen in line behind Trump and those still holding out. He also tested out his new role as Trump's No. 1 attack dog on Hillary Clinton.

  • Jordyn Phelps, ABC News

    “Let me be clear, a vote for anyone other than Donald Trump in November is a vote for Hillary Clinton,” the former 2016 candidate said, recalling the promise he made during a Republican debate in Cleveland last August to support the eventual nominee, regardless of who it was. “Make no mistake, we can't wait four years to get them next time,” he continued. “The consequences are too great.”

  • Louis Nelson, Politico

    Donald Trump Jr. told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the Trump campaign saw Cruz’s speech ahead of time and knew what the Texas senator would say. The GOP nominee allowed Cruz to speak, Trump Jr. said, in the interest of party unity, even though he knew the remarks would be far from an endorsement.

  • Charles Hurt, Washington Times

    With the Supreme Court in the balance, how could Ted Cruz not swallow hard and endorse the only man who can stop Hillary Clinton from choosing two and possibly five Supreme Court replacements? This is a man who loves himself and his political career so much more than his country.

  • Ben Kamisar, The Hill

    Donald Trump brushed aside Ted Cruz's refusal to endorse him Wednesday night in a tweet that chided Cruz for being "booed off the stage." "Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn't honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!" he tweeted just before midnight.

  • Jack Kocsis, Daily Caller

    There is now a very cool way to participate in the “Hillary for Prison” counter-message. Based off the Netflix TV show about a women’s prison “Orange is the New Black,” Hillary is the New Orange has all of the gear any good anti-Hillary citizen needs for the run-up to November.

  • Al Weaver, Washington Examiner

    Ted Cruz is now set to make a return to the national spotlight when he takes the stage at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night. With this return comes uncertainty, as supporters of the Texas senator are not entirely sure what he will do in the future or even in his speech.