From South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott who warned that Democrats would turn the country into a socialist utopia, to a New Jersey nurse who told President Donald Trump she was in awe of his leadership to Donald Trump Jr., who said “Joe Biden is the Loch Ness monster of the swamp,” night one of the Republican National Convention portrayed Joe Biden as a socialist tool of the left. And Trump as a singular heroic leader.
Former Massachusetts state GOP chair Jennifer Nassour thought Republicans did "an amazing job" and said former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley was a highlight.
Haley defended the president saying, "Joe Biden and the Democrats are still blaming America first."
Nassour said Haley made the most effective case when she said that Biden's bosses would be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and the squad.
"That's a calling card to every Republican out there saying, 'even if you don't like Donald Trump, are you actually a progressive liberal,'" Nassour said.
Other Republicans like longtime GOP consultant Tom Rath were less impressed.
"It was designed really to scare as opposed to reassure," Rath said referring to contributors like the St. Louis couple that pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters marching past their home earlier this summer.
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"Your family will not be safe in the radical Democrat's America," Patricia McCloskey said during her speech.
Rath says the speech from Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle was particularly angry.
"They want to enslave you to the weak, dependent, liberal victim ideology to the point that you will not recognize this country or yourself," Guilfoyle said during her speech.
"I think it projected very badly," Rath said of Guifoyle's speech. "It almost looked like a bad Saturday Night Live skit."
As for whether undecideds were swayed?
"They probably reinforced the people who are with them. But there was no outreach to anybody who wasn't there," Rath said.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was asked for his reaction Tuesday to the first night of his party's convention. He said he had bigger things to pay attention to including the pandemic and getting students back to school.
"(And) by the way, of course, the Celtics and the Bruins are both in the playoffs," Baker said.