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August 28, 2020
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“Well that was terrible.”

In This Episode

Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan break down Donald Trump’s acceptance speech and discuss how the Republican National Convention will shape the final 67 days of the 2020 campaign.


Show Notes

Trump’s speech

  • WaPo: Chants, marching and music in D.C. as demonstrators protest Trump speech
  • NYT: Trump Stomps on the Rules, but the Pandemic Isn’t as Easily Trampled
  • Politico: Read Trump’s prepared remarks at the 2020 RNC
  • Politico: Trump hits back at Biden’s accusation of ‘darkness in America’: Key moments
  • WaPo: Trump attacks Biden and casts himself as an insurgent in his acceptance speech
  • NYT: Trump casts the election in ominous terms, lobbing misleading attacks at Biden
  • NPR – Trump’s Address To The Republican Convention, Annotated
  • Politico: The Days of Finely Crafted, Elevated Political Speech Appear to be Numbered
  • Vox: The 3 charts that disprove Donald Trump’s convention speech – Trump wants to take credit for something he didn’t do, and dodge blame for something he did do.
  • Politico: Trump: Biden ‘is not a savior of America’s soul’
  • Axios: Trump casts Biden as vessel for “wild-eyed Marxists” in 70-minute RNC speech
  • NYT: Trump brags about his handling of the virus crisis and says Biden would ‘surrender’ to it.
  • Vox: Trump used the RNC to gaslight America on Covid-19
  • WaPo: Few masks, little distancing: Trump celebrates at crowded White House party largely devoid of coronavirus precautions
  • The Atlantic – White House, Petri Dish


Final Night

  • Vox: Thursday’s Republican National Convention speakers, explained for people who don’t watch Fox News
  • WaPo: 3 takeaways from the final night of the Republican National Convention
  • Transcript of Cotton’s Remarks
  • The Week: Tom Cotton’s strength fetish
  • Axios: Tom Cotton accuses Biden of aiding China’s rise for 50 years
  • NYT: G.O.P. Convention Skims Over Trump’s ‘Unfinished Business’ in Foreign Policy
  • Yahoo News: Tom Cotton attacks Biden with critique that’s been outpaced by events
  • The Hill: Tom Cotton rips Biden on foreign policy in convention speech
  • Politico: The Trump Show finale: Takeaways from RNC Night 4
  • Transcript of Ivanka’s Remarks
  • Politico: ‘I love you for being real’: Ivanka Trump lauds her father in personal terms
  • WSJ: Ivanka Trump Tells RNC, ‘The Results Speak for Themselves’
  • HuffPo: RNC Speakers: Sure, Trump Can Be A Jerk. But He’s Not That Bad. Really.
  • Axios: Ivanka Trump says she’s seen “the pain” in father’s eyes during COVID briefings
  • Vanity Fair: The Problem With Ivanka Trump’s Attempt at a Heartwarming RNC Anecdote



  • WaPo: GOP convention spins alternate reality with torrent of falsehoods aimed at rebooting Trump’s flagging campaign
  • WaPo- The Trailer: The Trailer: The message coming from the Republican convention
  • NYT: Republicans Insist Only Trump Can Stop This Chaos. But He’s in Charge Now.
  • Politico: The GOP’s pandemic health plan: Everything is fine
  • Vox: Why so few Republican senators in competitive races spoke at the RNC
  • The Atlantic: This Isn’t the Convention Trump Really Needs
  • FiveThirtyEight: Could A Backlash Against Black Lives Matter Hurt Biden? The Two Don’t Appear Linked So Far.
  • Mediaite: WATCH: Biden Campaign to Run 2 Minute Ad on Broadcast Networks and Fox News Trolling Trump Ahead of RNC Speech
  • Daily Beast: Fox News Cuts Into Dan Scavino’s RNC Speech to Air Biden Campaign Ad
  • Politico: ‘It’s not supposed to be about him’: Harris scorches Trump in prebuttal of acceptance speech
  • CNN: Kamala Harris slams Trump’s handling of coronavirus: ‘He was scared’
  • NBC News: Biden, Democrats focus their RNC counterattack on Trump’s ‘failed’ COVID-19 response