Four days doesn't seem like a long time but when it's the Republican National Convention during Donald Trump's presidency, it can seem like a lifetime and a long, torturous lifetime at that.
The Trump administration's first convention in the White House (parts of it literally took place in the White House) was a sight to behold and not the kinda sight that you would want to show your children.
Most the convention was spent spreading fake news about the Democrats and criticising Joe Biden and Kamala Harris but they still couldn't bring themselves to tell the truth even when they were trying to promote some of the good things that Trump has done in the past four years.
Everything from transphobia to anti-abortion rhetoric was touched upon during the convention and barely a stone was left unturned (even the owner of a professional fighting league made a speech). They shocking managed to get American history completely wrong on more than one occasion.
It was the kind of event that would make most Americans ashamed to be from the United States but judging by the last five years it's really hard to determine where people's heads are at and what they support. We'll find out in November but if this week has been anything to go by, we'd be in for another brutal four years if Trump wins again.
On that note, here are some of the most outrageous quotes from the 2020 Republican National Convention.
Kimberly Guilfoyle went full supervillain
Easily the strangest moment of the entire RNC, which is really saying something, was when Donald Trump Jr's girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle did her best impression of Rita Repulsa from Power Rangersand bellowed into the void. Literally standing in an empty room, Guilfoyle began shouting and literally screamed "THE BEST IS YET TO COME."
Kimberly Guilfoyle is ***!!!!!!!!!SCREAMING!!!!!!!!!*** https://t.co/0gzoSPySQG
David Bossie champions Maryland's "greatest segregationists"
In perhaps the worst slip of the tongue possible, the chair of Maryland's delegation to the Republican National Convention, David Bossie attempted to say that his state was home to two of America's greatest abolinists Frederick Douglas and Harriett Tubman but somehow got this very wrong and managed to call them 'segregationists' instead.
Chair of Maryland's delegation to the Republican National Convention David Bossie almost said that the state was ho… https://t.co/Ym02DWR9dQ
Ross Little Jr thinks Joe Biden is "hiding in the dark, waiting to take the lives of our unborn babies"
Ross Little Jr is a national committeeman for Louisiana at the RNC. He's not hugely significant (he doesn't even have a Wikipedia page) but this short speech was one of the first things that anyone would have heard at the RNC, getting things off to a terrifying start.
the RNC is already completely off the rails https://t.co/Ykzqho4nLv
It won't surprise you to learn that there was the odd bit of Transphobia at the RNC. Here is Cissie Graham Lynch, granddaughter of the late Rev. Billy Graham misgendering people and moaning about them using the changing room of their gender and competing against people from their gender.
we've reached the anti-trans bigotry part of the RNC https://t.co/nGB5eaJgUF
Pam Bondi pushes a conspiracy theory about Joe Biden
The former Florida attorney general spoke on Tuesday, a pushed a conspiracy theory about Biden's involvement with a gas company in Ukraine, a baseless theory that was virtually the same thing that Trump got impeached for.
Reminder: This Burisma stuff is the same conspiracy theory Trump was impeached for (and Bondi was one of the attorn… https://t.co/8hg0R1y9gg
Abby Johnson said that she 'knows what abortion smells like'
Johnson used to be the director of Planned Parenthood but has since done a complete 180 and has now aligned herself with Republican's and is a pro-life activist. At the RNC she raised several eyebrows by admitting that she knew what an 'abortion smelt like'.
How does this help reach people outside your base? https://t.co/6ueitltKtI
Tiffany Trump thinks everyone is a Trump supporter
In a rare public appearance, Tiffany Trump, the youngest of the president's daughters spoke at the convention, showering her father in praise. By her approximation, everyone who believes in freedom of thought, anyone who is against inequality and is accepting of all faiths is a Trump supporter. She said this without even a hint of irony.
Tiffany Trump: "I want to tell you the uncensored truth of what we believe in...If you're hearing these things and… https://t.co/GeKZ6u9iJ3
Trump makes an entrance straight out of the Putin playbook
Trump's entrance on night two was eerily familiar with another controversial world leader as he was serenaded by horns and flanked by members of the military but we can't quite put our finger on it. Oh yeah...
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump Now where have I seen this type of grand entrance before? https://t.co/V5ZgZg2y9O
Of the numerous qualities that Eric Trump possess delivering an accurate public speech devoid of falsities is not one of them. Throughout his speech on Tuesday, Trump said a string of inaccurate statements about Joe Biden and his father's achievements, many of which have never happened. Here's MSNBC's Rachel Maddow fact-checking just a few of those claims.
Rachel Maddow immediately fact-checks Eric Trump's huge lies in his RNC speech:
"Peace in the Middle East has not… https://t.co/QgK56KeiFN
On Tuesday, Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, gave a speech at the RNC, from Jerusalem, Israel where he was on an official visit. Immediately Pompeo was hit with accusations that he had broken federal law as there are state department rules which mark a clear line between domestic politics and international diplomacy. Rep Joaquin Castro, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, gave a statement shortly after Pompeo's speech announcing that he would be launching an investigation as to whether the Trump aide had broken the law.
It is highly unusual, and likely unprecedented, for a sitting secretary of state to speak at a partisan convention for either of the political parties. It appears that it may also be illegal. In furtherance of the constitutionally mandated obligation to conduct oversight of the State Department, as well as to determine whether and legislative action is necessary, to address this matter, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations intends to examine this issue carefully.
Melania Trump appears to live in a different reality
In a controversial speech from the White House rose garden, which she had just redesigned, Melania said several statements that could be best interpreted as delusional. From claiming that a vote for her husband will allow women's voices to be heard to it being a privilege to live in the US as a migrant, much of what the First Lady said was utterly tone-deaf.
wow, Melania just solved racism https://t.co/my9AFTcSjs
As the first ever Republican president, you would think that Trump and his cohorts would know Abraham Lincoln's many famous quotes off by heart but apparently they don't. During her speech on Wednesday, Lara Trump, the wife of Eric Trump, tried to quote Lincoln but didn't just manage to misquote him, she said something that he had never uttered.
Abraham Lincoln once famously said: ‘America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.'
In a typical rocket-fueled speech from the vice president, Mike Pence spoke to a small crowd in Baltimore and said numerous inaccuracies such as claiming that the Trump administration introduced Veterans Choice (it was actually Obama in 2014) and mocking Biden for claiming that a miracle will not fix coronavirus. Perhaps the cherry on top of this exuberant speech was when he inadvertently highlighted just how unsafe Trump's America is.
"The hard truth is you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America" -- this would be a more compelling talking point if in… https://t.co/eqzWerlZCZ
How would the Republicans end their four-day festival of horrors? Well, the start of their last day saw Kevin McCarthy claim that Biden and Harris have got it wrong and that the election isn't about government at all.
Kevin McCarthy claims that the presidential election is not about ... [squints at notes] ... government https://t.co/woxxgZ7TR5
Mitch McConnell claims that Democrats are going to stop Americans eating hamburgers
The Senate's majority republican leader Mitch McConnell here, boldly claiming that Democrats will tell people what sort of car to drive, how many burgers they can eat and what sources of information are credible.
Mitch McConnell falsely claims Democrats want to regulate how many hamburgers you can pack into your belly https://t.co/8AxPJPRbAO
Ben Carson champions Trump receiving an award from Jesse Jackson
To try and claim that Trump isn't a racist, Housing and Urban Development secretary Ben Carson highlighted an award Trump received from Rev. Jesse Jackson in 1999 on the future president's commitment to diversity.
Guys, I used to think Trump was racist, but Ben Carson just convinced me otherwise https://t.co/qMZ8AnWTSs
The last of Trump's adult children to speak at the RNC was his favourite, Ivanka who said that her father's "results speak for themselves." Wonder which results those are?
The Big Dog speaks
Of course, the pièce de resistance of the RNC was Trump accepting their nomination for the presidency and giving a speech for the ages. He did give a speech for the ages, one that lasted ages more like. The president spoke for an epic 70 minutes and was so exciting that he probably cured insomnia. As well as managing to mess up a word like 'while' and claiming that he has done more for the African American community than any president since Abraham Lincoln, Trump claimed that his administration has pioneered the 'fatality rate'.
"Thanks to advancements, we have pioneered the fatality rate." #wut https://t.co/PEdvNBs4Nn
So that's another RNC in the history books and it's unlikely that we'll be forgetting it any time soon. Whether Trump and his friends will be around for the 2024 edition remains to be seen but surely it cannot be worse than this?