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Opinion: A tale of two presidential conventions

Opinion: A tale of two presidential conventions

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President Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention.
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Not one word. Not one utterance. Not a syllable. Nothing about the violence, looting, arson, and riots in our cities was spoken by any of the speakers at the Democratic National Convention. None of them, including Joe Biden or Kamala Harris, dared to offend their far-left base that is now in full control of their party.

If one has any doubt that they have taken over just take the word of southern New Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew, who recently left the Democratic Party for the GOP. In his remarks at the Republican Convention he said that within “weeks after being elected” radical Members of Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, collectively known as “The Squad,” took over the agenda of the party. 

To Democrats today, all of this chaos in urban areas is simply “peaceful protesting” and at worst, “unlawful assemblies.” Meanwhile, at the Republican National Convention last week, all of the violence and crime was unequivocally condemned.

Vice President Pence was particularly effective saying that he and President Trump respect “peaceful protests” but those that commit crimes must be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” He also stated that “Under President Trump, we will stand with those who stand on the thin blue line, and we’re not going to defund the police- not now, not ever.”

After the two conventions, there was a distinct bump in the polls for Trump, particularly with suburban Americans in swing states who will decide this election. Voters heard the GOP’s emphasis on law and order, and the deafening silence from Democrats.  

As a result, Biden finally acknowledged the violence this week and gingerly condemned it. However, he screwed it up by then blaming Trump for what has been happening in Portland, Seattle, New York, Kenosha, and other cities. 

Unless we missed something, Trump has not directed Black Lives Matter and Antifa to burn down businesses, loot, and aim lasers at the eyes of law enforcement to blind them. This feeble Biden argument will fall flat on its face as it is a cynical attempt to condemn the violence to pacify suburban voters, while blaming Trump for it to prevent upsetting the far-left.

Biden should be blaming the Democratic mayors and governors for allowing the violence to continue in their cities and states. Trump has promised federal intervention to end the violence within hours if they ask. They have not.

We all know that if Trump sent in federal troops to end the violence in cities alone, without the consent of local officials, he would be attacked as a dictator. 

So, if Biden really wanted to end the violence and show he will stand up to the radical far-left, he would tell governors and mayors to take the President up on his offer. 

This is how you really condemn, and end the unrest in America today.

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