Delight, disgust, resignation – Republican delegates have many faces.
Some love him, others loathe him, and most are just resigned to the fact – Republican National Convention delegates were set to nominate Donald Trump as the party’s presidential candidate yesterday. Like it or not, Trump is their man. Seated with the Colorado delegation, who organisers have shunted off into a corner of the sports arena hosting the convention, Regina Thomson is stone-faced as speaker after speaker gushes with praise for the new face of the Republican Party.
“I will not be voting for him. He’s tragically flawed as a Republican and unfit to be president of the United States,” she said.
Thomson led a failed insurrection against Trump last week.
It was aimed at freeing delegates to vote with their conscience rather than be bound by the results of primary election voting in their states.
Susan Reneau wears a badge depicting Trump standing outside the White House.
She recalls excitedly how she interviewed Trump years ago when she was a journalist and how much he impressed her.
Reneau has been a Trump supporter since even before the billionaire businessman jumped into politics in June last year.
“I interviewed senators, people who became president. And you know when somebody’s got it. They have that ‘it’ factor,” Reneau said.
“Trump is someone who will be very tough on the bad guys.”
Meanwhile, Melania Trump has discovered to her dismay that plagiarism is never a good thing.
Her troubles began soon after giving a speech about her husband on Monday night.
It was greeted with enthusiastic applause by convention-goers‚ but it was not long before people noticed that she had “borrowed” liberally from Michelle Obama’s Democratic convention speech in 2008. The social media fallout was swift and merciless‚ with thousands of posts flooding Twitter within hours, lampooning the jewellery designer and former model under the hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes.
“The Twitter shade is on form this morning‚” @MapsMaponyane quipped to his 126 000 followers‚ the words accompanied by a picture of Michelle Obama holding up a sign saying “Bring back my speech.”
A side-by-side comparison of the transcripts shows that at least one section of text in Trump’s address is almost identical to Obama’s nearly eight years ago.
Some Trump supporters attempted gamely‚ and generally humourlessly‚ to defend the first lady-in-waiting.
But these were swamped by gleeful tweets poking fun by attributing famous quotes through history to her.
Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech was popular‚ with one wag accompanying the quote with a picture of Trump modelling her range of jewellery.
Closer to home‚ Nelson Mandela was also a common source of quotes‚ the most popular being‚ “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”