With the Republican convention in full-swing, this week is supposed to essentially be just one big celebration for the GOP. After over a year of heated and intense primary campaigning, they finally get to officially nominate their candidate during a convention that’s supposed to inspire and galvanize the party heading toward November’s general election.
Obviously the big story of the day revolved around Melania Trump’s speech that clearly had parts of it that were plagiarized from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech she gave at the Democratic National Convention. Even worse, Trump’s campaign tried to deny there was any sort of plagiarism involved. You even had an RNC official cite — and I’m not joking — My Little Pony as a “defense” for Ms. Trump’s speech.
The smart thing would have been for the campaign to admit that some of it might have been plagiarized, apologize, then say they were going to get to the bottom of it – but that would mean Trump’s campaign admitting something they did was wrong, and we all know they don’t do that. So, instead of just admitting a mistake which would have probably helped calm this whole situation down, they made matters worse by trying to defend a speech that included one of the most blatant examples of plagiarism I’ve ever seen.
While people were distracted by that, the really huge news of the day centered around Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and new reports that Megyn Kelly told investigators that he had sexually harassed her around a decade ago. Then reports began to fly about Ailes being in talks with 21st Century Fox about either resigning or getting fired from the company.
While the Fox News sexual harassment story is a huge deal for many reasons, I think it’s important to point out that Ailes is the only CEO Fox News has ever had. So it’s clear these allegations, while he continues to deny them, are pretty indisputable and extremely damning.
Trust me, this is not going to stop at Ailes. History tends to tell us that once something like this happens within a major company like Fox News, that’s when the “floodgates open” and you start hearing more stories come out about a whole lot of other shady, immoral and unethical behavior. This story broke less than two weeks ago and we’ve already gone from former host Gretchen Carlson making these allegations against Ailes to one of the most recognizable personalities on the network (if not in all of cable news) saying that she, too, was a victim of Roger Ailes’ unwanted sexual advances.
So, in less than two weeks we’ve gone from an allegation from an ex-employee, to the only CEO Fox News has ever had being essentially fired as more sexual allegations against him continue to pile up.
Then there was the moment when Donald Trump officially became the Republican party’s presidential nominee. While Trump supporters enthusiastically celebrated their candidate becoming the nominee, the speech Speaker of the House Paul Ryan gave was what stuck out the most.
Normally when someone in Ryan’s position gets up to speak at an event like this on the very evening his party officially confirms their presidential nominee, their speech is supposed to be centered around what a great choice the voters have made, and why their candidate is the best person to lead this country going forward as our next president.
Well, that didn’t happen.
In fact, during Ryan’s speech, he mentioned Donald Trump by name a grand total of two times. Yes, the most powerful Republican in the country, and the de facto leader of the party, hardly mentioned his party’s just-confirmed presidential nominee during his big convention speech.
Sure, he talked a lot about conservatism, and clearly had plenty of bad things to say about Hillary Clinton and President Obama, but there was almost nothing in his speech about what makes Trump the right person to lead this nation. That’s rather odd considering that was kind of the whole point for him speaking in the first place.
And don’t even get me started on that bizarre, incoherent word salad Ben Carson delivered on Tuesday. It is absolutely terrifying that for a few weeks during the GOP’s primary he was actually a frontrunner.
Then there was someone shouting “No Islam” as the head of the group American Muslims for Trump took the stage on Tuesday. Because what would a convention centered around Trump be without blatant bigotry, racism and ignorance toward a minority.
These were supposed to be some of the best days for Donald Trump, yet they’ve been an absolute debacle.
And with today and tomorrow left, there’s still plenty of time for the disastrous week for the Republican to get much… much worse.