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Former Republican Chairman Michael Steele endorses Joe Biden
Former Republican Chairman Michael Steele endorses Joe Biden
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The former chairman of the Republican National Committee and former lieutenant governor of Maryland, Michael Steele, has endorsed Joe Biden for president.

In an advertisement for the conservative political group "The Lincoln Project" Steele has stated his endorsement for Joe Biden and said: "I'm a lifelong Republican and I'm still a Republican, but this ballot is how we restore the would of our nation, electing a good man, Joe Biden, and a trailblazer, Kamala Harris and ensure an orderly transfer of power or plunge our country into chaos".

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RNC, Night 4: Trump attacks Biden, calls him the "destroyer of America's jobs"
RNC, Night 4: Trump attacks Biden, calls him the "destroyer of America's jobs"
Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

During the fourth night of the Republican National Convention, President Donald Trump took various swings at Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

"Joe Biden is not the savior of America’s soul," so Trump. "He is the destroyer of America’s jobs, and if given the chance, he will be the destroyer of America’s greatness."

Trump claimed that his response to the Covid-19 pandemic was based "the science, the facts, and the data" and that Biden would surrender to the virus with the result of "drug overdoses, depression, alcohol addiction, suicides, heart attacks, economic devastation, job loss."

Biden would also "demolish the suburbs, confiscate your guns, and appoint justices who will wipe away your Second Amendment and other Constitutional freedoms," so Trump. He paints Biden as the "Trojan horse for socialism," who "wouldn't have the strength to stand up to Marxists like Bernie Sanders and fellow radicals."

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RNC, Night 4: Trump officially accepts Republican nomination
Trump speaking at the Republican National Convention in 2016
Trump speaking at the Republican National Convention in 2016 Credit: Voice of America / Public domain

On Thursday night during the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican party's presidential nomination, "brimming with confidence in the bright future we will build for America over the next four years!"

Trump promises to make "America into the manufacturing superpower of the world," to "end our reliance on China once and for all," and to "create 10 million jobs in the next 10 months." Other points on his agenda including ensuring "equal justice for citizens of every race, religion, color and creed," protect medicare and social security and to land the first woman on the moon.

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RNC, Night 4: Ivanka Trump introduced Donald Trump, praises his leadership
Ivanka Trump at the RNC 2016
Ivanka Trump at the RNC 2016 Credit: Michael Vadon / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

On the fourth day of the Republican National Convention, Ivanka Trump introduced her father Donald Trump, saying: "Four years ago, I introduced you to a builder, an entrepreneur, an outsider and the people's nominee for president of the United States. Tonight, I stand before you as the proud daughter of the people's president."

Ms Trump called her father the "champion of the American worker, defender of common sense and our voice for the forgotten men and women of this country," and describes that she has witnessed "him make some of the most difficult decisions of his life" and "seen the pain in his eyes when he receives updates on the lives that have been stolen by this plague."

Addressing his tweets, Ms Trump said that the president's tweets "can feel a bit unfiltered," but "the results speak for themselves."

"America doesn't need another empty vessel who will do whatever the media and the fringe of his party demands. Now more than ever, America needs four more years of a Warrior in the White House," she ended her speech.

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RNC, Night 3: Mike Pence attacks Biden, calls him "Trojan horse for radical left", praises administration's Covid-19 response
Mike Pence applauding Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC
Mike Pence applauding Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC Credit: Ali Shaker/VOA / Public domain

During the third night of the Republican National Convention, Vice President Mike Pence heavily attacked Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, saying people "won't be safe in Joe Biden's America" and that a vote for Biden would be "nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left."

Praising the Trump administration's handling of Covid-19, Pence said: "Before the first case of the coronavirus spread within the United States, the president took unprecedented action and suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world." According to the New York Times, "40,000 people had traveled to the United States from China" between the start of the travel ban on Jan 31 and the beginning of April.

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RNC, Night 2: Melania Trump addresses pandemic and voices her sympathy for Covid-19 victims
First Lady Melania Trump at the U.S. Department of Justice National Opioid Summit
First Lady Melania Trump at the U.S. Department of Justice National Opioid Summit Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

During Tuesday's second night of the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump directly referenced the Covid-19 pandemic, offering her "deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one and my prayers are with those who are ill or suffering," while other speakers mentioned it only as a vanquished threat. The first lady further claimed that "Donald will not rest until he has done all he can to take care of everyone impacted by this terrible pandemic."

Addressing the BLM protests, Mrs. Trump called to "stop the violence and looting being done in the name of justice" and urged people to "never judge anyone based on the color of their skin."

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RNC, Night 2: Eric Trump praises his father, criticises Democrats and media
Donald Trump's son Eric delivers a speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention
Donald Trump's son Eric delivers a speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention Credit: Ali Shaker/VOA / Public domain

During the second night of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, Eric Trump heavily criticises Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, claiming that Biden did "not know the slightest thing about the American worker or the American business" and had accomplished "nothing" during his entire governmental career. He further added that Biden was "a total pushover for Communist China" whose presidency would be "a giant relief for terrorists."

Eric Trump also accused Democrats of wanting to "disrespect our national anthem by taking a knee, while our armed forces lay down their lives every day to protect our freedom" and to "destroy the monuments of our forefathers."

Voting for Donald Trump would be a vote for "the American spirit, the American dream and the American flag," and would ensure that "freedom will never be a thing of the past," so Eric Trump.

"In closing, I’d like to speak directly to my father," Trump said during the end of his speech. "I miss working alongside you every day but I’m damn proud to be on the front lines of this fight. I am proud of what you are doing for this country."

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RNC, Night 2: Tiffany Trump speaks about graduating during a pandemic and media bias, praises her father's actions
Tiffany Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention 2016
Tiffany Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention 2016 Credit: Ali Shaker/VOA / Public domain

During the second night of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, Tiffany Trump urges viewers to "make judgment based on results and not rhetoric" and to "transcend political boundaries," calling this election "a fight for freedom versus oppression, for opportunity versus stagnation, a fight to keep America true to America."

In her speech, Trump talked about her experience graduating from law school during a pandemic, saying that her "generation is unified in facing the future in uncertain times, and many of us are considering what kind of country we want to live in," and that her "father built a thriving economy once, and believe me he will do it again."

Trump also addressed the media, saying: "Rather than allowing Americans the right to form our own beliefs, this misinformation system keeps people mentally enslaved to the ideas they deem correct. his has fostered unnecessary fear and divisiveness amongst us."

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Republican groups sue California to stop mail-ballot

After Californian Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has announced mail-in ballots will be sent to all registered voters in California earlier this month, Republican groups filed a lawsuit against the action. The lawsuit was filed by the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the California Republican Party. Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement: "Democrats continue to use this pandemic as a ploy to implement their partisan election agenda, and Governor Newsom's executive order is the latest direct assault on the integrity of our elections."