Trump Makes a Case for Law and Order at the R.N.C.

With the Republican National Convention concluded, the Trump Campaign’s message has become clear; Trump will bring law and order to a country that is riddled with crime and violence.

The convention was a departure from several norms of the past, including a stronger focus on the opposing candidate. The GOP stated they did not have a new platform, but rather that they continue to support the President’s platform from 2016. The convention was staged at the White House South Lawn and numerous speakers were White House staffers. Critics have said this convention has clearly violated the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act is an act that prevents civil service employees from engaging in political campaign activities with the exception of the President and Vice President. White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows responded to these criticisms with “Nobody outside of the Beltway really cares.”

Frankly, Meadows is right. Few voters actually care about the President using the White House as a staging ground for the convention. To the majority of Americans, the Hatch Act is completely meaningless.  What most people will actually see is an extravagant pageant with the President promising Americans that he will bring safety and security to their home.

Several speakers in the R.N.C. presented Trump as a keeper of peace. Vice President Mike Pence told viewers they “will not be safe in Joe Biden’s America”. The Vice President along with several other speakers emphasized to viewers that they “will always stand with those who stand on the thin blue line”. There were several claims that Joe Biden would defund the police, a claim that has been fact-checked as false and misleading by numerous sources already.

The final night of the convention presented a strong case for President Trump. Ann Marie Dorn, the widow of a retired St. Louis Police Captain David Dorn spoke at the R.N.C. about her husbands death, who was shot and killed during a violent protest in St. Louis, Missouri.  In a heartbreaking and powerful speech, Ann Dorn describes the horror of the night her husband died. “They shot and killed David in cold blood” she said, “and then livestreamed his execution and his last moments”. Compared to the rest of the speakers, Ann Dorn proved herself to be one of the most convincing speakers to sway voters for the incumbent president.

However, David Dorn’s daughters were against his widow speaking at the R.N.C. They have said Dorn was not a Trump supporter and would not have wanted his death to be used to help Trump.

Trump’s personal attorney and former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani also spoke on night four of the R.N.C., delivering an aggressive speech making a case that Joe Biden is “a Trojan horse with Bernie, AOC, Pelosi, Black Lives Matter, and his party’s entire left wing just waiting to execute their pro-criminal, anti-police socialist policies.”

As the President took the stand and accepted the nomination, he unleashed a barrage of accusations and attacks on Joe Biden and Democrats. He called Biden “the destroyer of America’s greatness”. If Joe Biden were elected, Trump said “China would own our country”.

The President also repeated his common claim that he has “done more for the African-American community than any president since Abraham Lincoln.”

The convention showcased the GOP’s concern of losing its moderate white voters. Speakers at the convention were noticeably diverse. A large amount of those speakers were African Americans. Interestingly enough, it appeared the GOP was not interested in appealing to Hispanics and Asian Americans, who vote for them in higher numbers than African Americans. Instead, the GOP was attempting to reassure moderate white voters that they were voting for the right side and avoided trying to sway undecided Black voters to vote with them.

Trump continued his blaming of Democrats for the violence and crime in America.

“In the strongest possible terms, the Republican Party condemns the rioting, looting, arson, and violence we have seen in Democrat-run cities all, like Kenosha, Minneapolis, Portland, Chicago, and New York, and many others, Democrat-run,” Trump said, referring to protests that sparked over police brutality and racism in the United States.

Whether or not Trump’s message of law and order is working has yet to be clearly seen. The Morning Consult conducted two polls at the start and end of the R.N.C. Prior to the convention, Biden led Trump 52% to 42%. Following the convention, Trump narrowed the lead, reducing Biden’s advantage to four points, with Biden at 50% and Trump at 44%

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George Floyd, A Name That Will be Remembered.

George Floyd; a name that you have likely heard in the past few weeks after a graphic video went viral of four Minneapolis, Minnesota police officers kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes after his arrest. In the video, Floyd is seen begging for air and claiming “I can’t breath” for most of the recording. Shortly after the video was taken, Floyd was pronounced dead while in police custody on May 25, 2020. Unfortunately, this obviously isn’t the first case of racial injustice in the United States, this is merely another event in the long history of these inexcusable actions. Floyd’s family is in shambles looking for answers as to why their son’s death had to happen. They believe that the officers involved should not only be fired but charged with the murder of their loved one. 

As of 12 PM May 29, 2020, the four officers involved have been officially fired from the police department. However, they have not been charged with any criminal offense whatsoever. This lack of action by the Minnesota police chief, Minneapolis Mayor, or even Governor of Minnesota has caused outrage among people in Minneapolis. What began as peaceful protests with chants including “George Floyd” and “I Can’t Breathe”, quickly turned violent. On the evening of May 27th into the early morning of May 28th, riots and looting broke out. Thousands of people began breaking into stores and setting fire to the buildings. A precinct building in Minneapolis was targeted and burnt to the ground by rioters in the city. Fireworks have been lit off at police officers trying to quell the rebellions.

Floyd’s death has shaken our nation to the core. Vast amounts of African-American activists and everyday citizens have spoken up against the injustices that occurred in Minnesota. Celebrities have spoken up against the officers and the death of Floyd. Star basketball legend Lebron James posted on Instagram a juxtaposed picture of the officer kneeling on Floyd and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem with a caption reading  “Do you understand NOW!!??!!??” Or is it still blurred to you??” 

The President of the United States has tweeted in response to Floyd’s death and the riots in Minneapolis by saying “I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right…..These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!” The latter half of this message was flagged by Twitter for breaking a policy against glorifying violence. Many leaders in the state of Minnesota have spoken out against President Trump’s statements claiming that the state does not need national assistance; they need to work this out among themselves in fear of riots and looting becoming worse with national interventions. This is only the start of what is likely going to be a long series of outraged individuals speaking out against the racial injustices they have faced for far too long. Names like Treyvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd should not be forgotten and thrown to the wind. 

In continuing with the main goals of The Hilltopper, our team would like to hear from you regarding George Floyd, racial injustice and the Black Lives Matter movement. We are always open to obtaining articles and op-eds from members of the Saint Anselm community and want to be a platform for your voices to be heard. Anyone wishing to release any writing can submit it in email to the Editor-in-Chief of the Hilttopper, Jackson Peck at jpeck339@anselm.edu or the Hilltopper’s Coordinator of Off-Campus News, Bryan Lavoie at blavoie438@anselm.edu.

Update: On May 29, 2020, the officer who was seen kneeling on the neck of George Floyd has been brought into custody and charged with third-degree murder as well as manslaughter. Nothing has yet been announced regarding the other three officers involved.

Update: On June 3, 2020, the officer shown kneeling on George Floyd has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other three officers involved have been brought into custody and charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder as well as second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin and one of the other officers had multiple prior complaints against them while the other two had none.