The Republican National Convention continues on Tuesday evening, and tonight’s featured speakers will include: First Lady Melania Trump; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds; Nicholas Sandmann; Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron; Eric and Tiffany Trump.
Tonight’s theme is “Land of Opportunity.”
Stay tuned to Breitbart News for live updates.
All times Eastern.
10:40 PM: Melania Trump ready to cap off the night. She says she has never forgotten the people who took a chance on her husband four years ago. She says they were humbled by the incredible support then and grateful for the support today. She says her deepest sympathies goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one due to COVID-19 and her prayers are with those who are suffering. She says her husband’s administration will not stop fighting until there is a vaccine or cure. She thanks all the healthcare professionals and frontline workers. She says she has been moved by the way Americans have come together.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 26, 2020
Melania talks about how she heard about a country called American and the “opportunity and freedom” associated with it while growing up in Slovenia and made it her goal to move to the United States. She says becoming a citizen is one of the proudest moments of her life.
First Lady Melania Trump: "I wanted to be a citizen. After ten years of paperwork and patience, I studied for the test in 2006 and became an American citizen." #RepublicanConvention #RNC2020 pic.twitter.com/kZTaE7Xz3Z
— The Hill (@thehill) August 26, 2020
As First Lady, she talks about people she takes home to her heart–brave soldiers, children of all circumstances. She thanks everyone who serves and their families. She says she has been moved by children who have been dealing with pain and illness that would break the strongest adult and parents who wake up every day grateful their children are alive.
First Lady Melania Trump: President Trump and I are inspired by the Americans who wake up each day with a simple yet courageous goal of providing for their families. You are the backbone of this country.#RNC2020 pic.twitter.com/Y9OITSiP1v
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) August 26, 2020
Melania talks about her “Be Best” initiative, emphasizing online safety and the dangerous of opioid abuse. She says she has been highlighting organizations that have been doing extraordinary things in the country and around the world. She says by shining a light on these positive examples, others around the world will be inspired to do their part. She says helping children is not a political goal–it is a moral imperative. She says when she visited Africa (Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, Egypt), her visit to Ghana had a profound impact on her when she experienced firsthand their warm people and traditions. She says she learned more about beginning of the cruel and deadly journey of the slave trade (Cape Coast Castle) and learned new perspectives. She says we must never forget so we can ensure it can never happen happen.
Melania discussing a trip to Africa, "That vast and beautiful continent"–in Ghanna, "I visited the Cape Coast castle and learned of the beginning of a cruel and deadly journey in the slave trade… I gained new perspectives. At this time in our history, we must never forget."
— Edward Keenan (@thekeenanwire) August 26, 2020
Melania says she has reflected on the racial unrest in the country. She says there are parts of our history we are not proud of but we should look to the future instead of the past. She says we should also realize our storied history is also what makes our country so strong.
She asks people to stop looting in the name of justice and never make assumptions based on the color of someone’s skin. She says lets reflect on our mistakes instead of tearing things down.
She says her husband’s administration has called on countries at the United Nations to end religious persecution while finding America’s HBCUs and fighting for school choice. She says since the day she met him, he has only wanted to make this country the best it can be. She is proud of the many things he has done in short time and America is in his heart and, whether you like it or not, you always know what he is thinking.
Melania says the media should focus more on the drug crisis than “gossip.”
Melania Trump, addressing mothers, says she notices "how mean and manipulative social media can be."
— David Gura (@davidgura) August 26, 2020
She says Trump is a husband who supports all that she does and has build an administration that features women in prominent roles and calls him an “authentic person” who cares deeply about the country.
10:35 PM: Pompeo, from Jerusalem, says the peace deal between Israel and the UAE is one that our grandchildren will read about. He says Trump has held China accountable for covering up the virus and ensured that the Chinese Communist Party spies posing as diplomats were jailed while ending unfair trae deals with China. He says Trump lowered the temperature in North Korea and when Iran threatened, trump ordered a strike that killed Qasem Soleimani. He says when Trump took office, radical Islamic terrorists were beheading Americans and ISIS controlled a territory the size of Great Britain. Now, ISIS is wiped out al-Baghdadi is dead. He praises Trump for exiting the Iran deal while squeezing thee Ayatollah, Hezbollah and Hamas.
Breaking with past precedent of secretaries of state not addressing political conventions, Mike Pompeo in pre-taped remarks to the RNC praises President Trump's foreign policy, saying he has "led bold initiatives in nearly every corner of the world" https://t.co/Le9MDdEWuZ pic.twitter.com/tIUDoob02O
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 26, 2020
10:27 PM: Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron says “Republicans will never turn a blind eye to unjust acts, but neither will we accept this all-out assault on western civilization.”
“I was raised in Kentucky, just a few miles from Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace. Our first Republican president believed in compassion. Self-reliance. Freedom. Equality. And justice,” he says. “Sadly, there are some who don’t believe in this wisdom or in the better angels of our shard American history, as they tear down the statues of people like Ulysses S. Grant and even Mr. Lincoln himself.”
After reminding voters that Biden said that “you ain’t black” if you are not voting for him and argued that Republicans want to put Black people “back in chains” and believes there is no diversity of thought in the Black community, he tells Biden: “You can’t tell me how to vote because of the color of my skin.”
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) August 26, 2020
Cameron says that on immigration, Joe Biden promises more to illegal immigrants than to you.
He also says: “The politics of identity, cancellation, and mob rule are not acceptable to me, and Republicans trust you, the people, to think for yourselves and to pursue your American Dream however you see fit.”
10:15 PM: Eric Trump says four years ago, he could feel something was happening and “a movement was forming just below the surface.” He says the MAGA movement was ignored, laughed at. Then they fought them and then, together, they won.
He says with every movement, there is a countermovement and “in the view of the radical Democrats, America is the source of the world’s problems.”
“As a result, they believe the only path forward is to erase history and forget the past. They want to destroy the monuments of our forefathers,” he says. “They want to disrespect our flag – burn the stars and stripes that represent patriotism and the American dream. They want to disrespect our National Anthem by taking a knee, while our armed forces lay down their lives every day to protect our freedom. They do not want the Pledge of Allegiance in our Schools. Many, do not want one nation under God.”
He says Democrats also want to “defund, destroy, and disrespect our law enforcement” and “want an America where your thoughts and opinions are censored when they do not align with their own.”
He says he father ran not because he needed a job but because he knew “hardworking people across this great country were being left behind.”
He says his father knew the Silent Majority had nobody fighting for them while elites were bowing to China and bribing Iran and concerned more about what elites in Paris thought of them than how Americans would provide for their families in Pittsburgh.
After listing all of Trump’s economic and military accomplishments, Eric Trump also brings up al-Baghdadi and Soleimani.
Eric Trump rips Biden for being a career politician who “has never signed the front of a check.”
He says Biden in a “pushover” for Communist China who has “pledged to stop border wall construction and give amnesty and healthcare to all illegal immigrants” while defunding the police and taking away the Second Amendment.
He says unlike Biden, Trump will fight for police officers (Democrats want to make their jobs extinct), houses of worship, the voiceless who have been shamed and censored, single mother and father, veterans, coal miners, and every American who bleeds red, white, and blue.
He talks to Trump and says, “Dad, let’s make Uncle Robert proud. Let’s go get another 4 years. I love you very much.”
10:05 PM: Trump now hosts a naturalization ceremony in the White House for five new citizens from five different countries (Bolivia, Lebanon, India, Sudan, Ghana). Trump says they have earned the most priceless possession–American citizenship. He says it is an honor to be their president.
This has to be the most witnessed naturalization ceremony in history. pic.twitter.com/ZoSMImancV
— Jeremy Art (@cspanJeremy) August 26, 2020
10:00 PM: Florida Lieutenant Gov. Jeanette Nuñez says as the daughter of Cuban immigrants, her story started in 1959, before she was born, when her “parents’ dreams of a prosperous life became a nightmare. Chaos spread quickly when Fidel Castro took control of Cuba.”
“The government confiscated private property—stealing people’s homes, farms, and businesses,” she says. “For my parents, the difficult decision to flee Communist Cuba came when the Castro regime abolished religious freedom.”
She says the “fabric of our nation is in peril” because the radical left is chiseling away “all the freedoms we cherish.”
“They peddle dangerous ideologies, cower to global progressives, and normalize socialism to dismantle our Constitution,” she says. “Let me assure you, socialism doesn’t offer opportunity. Socialism deprives. It is a falsehood that feigns promises for its masses and consistently yields only misery.”
She points out President Ronald Reagan warned, “if we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to.” And then says Americans have a choice in 2020: “We can go down a dark road of chaos and government control; or we can choose the path of freedom and opportunity that was paved by those who sacrificed everything to preserve the American Dream for future generations.”
She says she has faith Americans will choose the right path and praise Trump for bringing jobs back to the Rust Belt, defending religious freedoms, and standing with democratic allies like Colombia and confronting tyrant in Venezuela, Cuba, China, and Nicaragua..
“Let us join our President in his vow that America will never be a socialist country,” she says before urging Americans to reject the “socialist takeover of our nation that will destroy the innovation, economic vitality, and freedoms we hold so dear.”
9:56 PM: Ryan Holets, a New Mexico police officer who adopted a child of a person struggling with drug addiction, talks about how two worlds collided when he knelt besides a homeless drug addict who was pregnant.
“Two worlds collided as I knelt down beside her, a police officer and a homeless drug addict–brought together by forces outside of our control. As we talked, our humanity, distinct from our stations in life, was made abundantly clear,” he says. “Her name was Crystal, and in the midst of her suffering, she confided that she loved her unborn baby. She wanted the best for her child. In that moment, I saw her the way that all of you who know or love an addict see them, as fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends. Human beings full of value and dignity, but robbed of their potential by this disease.”
Holet says that when Crystal said she was looking for a family to adopt her baby, God showed him exactly what he had to do.
“Without hesitation, I told her that my family would adopt her baby,” he says before praising Trump’s handling of the opioid crisis.
9:50 PM: Vice President Mike Pence introduces various people who have been helped by Trump’s support for policies like school choice and Right to Try in the Land of Opportunity.
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) August 26, 2020
9:45 PM: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds credits Trump for having the state’s back after the derecho.
“The winds had finished raging and the cleanup had only begun, he showed up. You might not know, because the national media didn’t report it,” she says. “But the Trump administration was here in full force.The day after the storm, the president called to assure me that we had the full backing of the federal government.”
She says Trump cut through the bureaucracy to help Iowa, and it wasn’t the first time he helped the state.
In 2019, she says, Trump approved their request for aid in less than 10 days when 100-year floods breached levees and devastated communities along the Missouri River.
“This is an administration of action and outcomes. They are delivering every day on their promise to make America great again,” she says. “And that’s exactly why we need to re-elect President Trump in November.
9:37 PM: Tiffany Trump says, as a recent graduate, she can relate to people looking for jobs.
“This election, I urge each and every one of you to transcend political boundaries. This is a fight for freedom versus oppression, for opportunity versus stagnation, a fight to keep America true to America,” she says. “I urge you to make your judgement based on results and not rhetoric.”
She cites the First Step Act, Right to Try, and the Favored Nations clause and other acts to lower drug prices.
She rips the establishment media and tech companies and says this “misinformation system keeps people mentally enslaved to the ideas they deem correct.”
She says the goal is control and talks about some of the consequences–like people too afraid to speak in schools if they have contrarian thoughts.
She talks about America being a “country founded on ideas, not identity. A country where our differences are embraced.”
She says her dad is the only person to challenge the establishment, the bureaucracy, and the media monopolies and says if you care about living your life without restraints, vote for Trump.
She says Make America Great again is not just a slogan for her dad, it is what drives him to keep his promises to Americans.
9:27 PM: Former Florida Attorney General says Biden has looked at America as the land of opportunism not the Land of opportunity. She says Biden’s family members have benefited and she starts off with Hunter Biden and Ukraine. She now says the bankers who work Chinese Communist Party, after Biden took Hunter along for the ride to arrange meetings with Chinese bank and his dad, approved millions to go to Hunter’s firm. She says to this day, Hunter controls a 10 percent stake in that first. Bondi mentions a Biden family member who was hired to build houses in Iraq who had no experience. “These aren’t isolated incidents,” she says. “It is a deliberate pattern of conduct. And that’s just what he did as president. Imagine what he would do as president.” Bondi asks how many American families could get away with this and asks why there should be one standard for elites and another for others.
“Joe says he will build back better,” Bondi says. “Yeah, build the Bidens back better.”
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) August 26, 2020
9:22 PM: Nick Sandmann says he is the teenager who was defamed by the media and thanks Trump for allowing him to share his story. Sandmann says he went to the March for Life rally in 2019 and bought a “Make America Great Again” hat to show support for Trump’s pro-life agenda. He says he found himself face-to-face with professional protesters who wanted to turn him into a poster child for why Trump is bad. He says video showed he had his hands behind his back and two thoughts were going through his mind–don’t do anything that would further agitate the Native American drummer and don’t do anything that would embarrass his family. He says the media smeared him because the truth didn’t matter and tried to “cancel” him. He says he would not be canceled and fought back and won a personal victory. He looks forward to the day the media returns to providing unbiased coverage. He says nobody has been subjected to more unfair media coverage than President Trump. He says we should embrace our First Amendment rights and not hide from the media, tech companies, or the outrage mob. He puts on a red MAGA hat at the end saying, “And one more thing: Let’s Make America Great Again.”
WATCH: Nick Sandmann's full remarks at #RepublicanConvention: "Canceled is what's happening to people around this country who refuse to be silenced by the far left. Many are being fired, humiliated, or even threatened."
— The Hill (@thehill) August 26, 2020
“In November, I believe this country must unite around a president who calls the media out and refuses to allow them to create a narrative instead of reporting the facts,” he says. “I believe we must join with a president who will challenge the media to return to objective journalism.
9:17 PM: Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee who became a pro-life advocate after witnessing an abortion of a 13-week unborn baby desperate to move away from the suction. She rips Margaret Sanger as a racist and eugenist who founded Planned Parenthood to eradicate minorities. She says Planned Parenthood clinics are strategically placed in minority communities. Johnson says she knows what abortion smells like and says Trump has done more for the unborn than any other president. She urges people to vote in 2020 with the most vulnerable in mind–the unborn.
“Life is a core tenet of who we are as Americans. This election is a choice between two radical, anti-life activists, and the most pro-life president we have ever had,” she says. “That’s something that should compel you to action.”
9;15 PM: Eveleth, MN, Mayor Bob Vlaisavljevich, a life-long Democrat, says this is a make-or-break election. He speaks about the importance of manufacturing in the Iron Range. He rips America’s leaders for not doing anything when China dumped steel. He says workers lost hope and something unexpected happened when a straight-talking New Yorker took office. He says the Iron Range has roared back to life because of Trump. He says Biden is too weak, scared, and sleepy to stand up to the radical left, especially on radical environmental issues, while Trump won’t back down. He says the Iron Range’s economic future is at stake and he can count on Trump to fight for them.
9:10 PM: Reverend Billy Graham’s granddaughter, Cissie Graham Lynch, says religious freedoms were under attack during the Obama-Biden administration by facing faith-based organizations to pay for abortion-inducing drugs and force schools to allow boys to compete as girls and use girls’ locker rooms.
She says when Americans elected Trump, people of faith had a “fierce advocate in the White House.” She praises Trump for eliminating policies “that put our little girls at risk” and giving hope to people of faith around the world.
She says a Biden-Harris administration will leave no room for people of faith.
9:07 PM: John Peterson, who wons metal fabrication business, praises Trump for helping manufacturers who had to reinvent themselves as the market changed. He rips Obama-Biden, two people who knew nothing about business, for not getting government out of the way. He says Trump was elected president and knew what it was like to build a company and build jobs by cutting red tape and ending draconian banking regulations.
“By getting rid of the job-killing NAFTA and negotiating the US-Mexican-Canada trade agreement, President Trump ensured a more competitive playing field for American companies like ours,” he says before adding that Trump will make the economy roar back again after the Coronavirus.
He is a Badger fan (and presumably a fan of their coach Paul Chryst) and says Trump and his Wisconsin Badgers football team share three common traits: Smart, tough, dependable.
9:05 PM: Larry Kudlow, the White House National Economic Council Director, talks about all that Trump has done on the economy with free and and fair trade deals. He speaks about a V-shaped recovery and more tax cuts and rollback of regulation. He says this is no time for tax increases. He asks voters if they want economic health, prosperity, and optimism or stagnation and pessimism. He urges voters to “stay with him.”
8:58 PM: Cris Peterson, a Wisconsin dairy farmer, talks about how her 120-year-old barn caught on fire, and how Trump’s economic boom started to help dairy farmers across the United States. She says Trump has acknowledged the influence of farming and agriculture more than any president in her lifetime, and that gave her the confidence to rebuild her dairy farm. She praises Trump for knowing that agriculture is our backbone and strength and critical to our national security.
“That support and focus on negotiating new trade deals gave us the confidence to rebuild our barn and dairy operation,” she says.
8:57 PM: James Joyce, a Maine lobsterman, praises Trump for ending European tariffs and respecting the views of fisherman unlike Biden, who will be held captive by environmentalists. He says Trump listens to working people like himself. He says he didn’t support in 2016 but Trump followed through on his promises to fishermen like him.
"I have to confess: I didn’t support Trump in 2016. …[But] I strongly support President Trump’s re-election. When he sees something isn't right, he’s fearless in fixing it." – Jason Joyce, lobsterman from Maine #RNC2020 pic.twitter.com/JbB4DX2R1C
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) August 26, 2020
8:52 PM: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says he is proud of the job Trump has done as president even though he doesn’t always agree with him. He says Trump gets things done, citing issues like criminal justice reform (First Step Act). Paul says it sought to undo the harms that people like Biden did to lock up a generation of young black men. Paul says Biden bragged about a bill that still wreaks havoc among people of color. Paul praises Trump for not wanting to fight endless wars and leaving blood and treasure in Middle East quagmires. He says Trump is the first president in a generation who wants to end wars instead of starting them. Paul points out Biden voted for the Iraq War, and he says he fears Biden will choose war again and spill our blood and treasure abroad. He says to vote for Trump if you hate war like he hates war or hate sending billions to build the infrastructure of other countries.
8:50 PM: Trump grants Ponder an full pardon.
President Trump pardons Jon Ponder before Night 2 of the #RepublicanConvention: "I will continue to give all Americans, including former inmates, the best chance to build a new life and achieve their own American dream." https://t.co/AYG9neorp4 pic.twitter.com/9oZE5t2CZL
— The Hill (@thehill) August 26, 2020
8:48 PM: Night two winning over even some Never Trumpers
— Sophia A. Nelson (@IAmSophiaNelson) August 26, 2020
Fox News not covering the opening of the RNC.
It’s night two, and currently CNN and MSNBC are the only networks carrying the RNC. Tucker Carlson is on Fox doing his show instead.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 26, 2020
8:40 PM: Bank robber John Ponder, who started an organization that helps prisoners to reintegrate into society after finding God, tells his personal story. Ponder talks about how former FBI agent Richard Beasley, who arrested him, treated him and realized then that he could start programs to do something similar for other prisoners about to be released. Trump welcomes Ponder to the White House and says Ponder’s life is a beautiful testament to the “power of redemption.” Trump says when Ponder was in prison, he started reading the Bible and listening to Christian radio (Billy Graham). Trump says Beasley and Ponder are best friends, and Beasley is with Ponder at the White House. Trump praises Ponder’s organization, Hope for Prisoners, for showing citizens that they are not forgotten and can find redemption. Ponder says he gave his life to Jesus and made a promise that he would spend the rest of his life helping people in circumstances like his.
8:36 PM: Myron Lizer, the Vice President of the Navajo Nation, says his people have never been invited into the American dream until Trump took office. He praises Trump for signing a proclamation recognizing missing and Native Americans and always making it “a priority to repair the relationship” between his people and the federal government. He also praises Trump for nominating “strong conservative judges like Neil Gorsuch, who supports Native American rights.”
8:35 PM: After a video about American exceptionalism, the second night of the RNC opens up with a prayer from Pastor Norma Urrabazo of International Church of Las Vegas. Leighanne Ball, a military spouse, then recites the Pledge of Allegiance.
8:30 PM: CNN’s Jake Tapper rips Trump and the GOP for shattering all norms. He says if Democrats did what Trump is doing, Republicans on Capitol Hill would probably be “rioting.”
Trump grants pardon to activist Jon Ponder ahead of convention appearance https://t.co/N8JFjZ4Xmf
— Phil Sanchez (@Phil_Sanchez) August 25, 2020
8:02 PM: Night two about to get started.
— GOP (@GOP) August 25, 2020
White House posts a video of Trump presiding over a naturalization ceremony that appears to be part of tonight's convention program https://t.co/CC6VmpNZcY
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) August 25, 2020
Hopefully the rain doesn’t mess up the schedule:
A severe thunderstorm threat for D.C. tonight as Melania Trump is set to deliver her Rose Garden speech https://t.co/zEhILbgoBt
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) August 25, 2020
Dems ready to investigate Pompeo:
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) August 25, 2020