The Democratic National Convention is having a strange effect on Republicans.
The theme of the DNC in Philadelphia was celebrating the good in America, as opposed to what many believe was the Republican National Convention’s theme of fear and demonization.
Trump’s insistence on painting America as a downtrodden country racked with hidden enemies and crime was a stark contrast to the all-star DNC event featuring speakers promoting American exceptionalism and universal values – a style of rhetoric that the GOP once thought they had a monopoly on.
From Talking Points Memo:
After the GOP nominee lambasted the Democrats on Twitter for displaying what he viewed as too few American flags, there was a sea of waving flags as far as the eye could see when Hillary Clinton became the first woman to accept a major party’s nomination on Thursday.
The contrast was so radiant that many conservatives took to Twitter and praised the DNC.
Conservative writer Ron Fournier:
Well done, @realDonaldTrump. You made Democrats a party of sunny patriotism and values.
You sure @billclinton didn't ask you to run?
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) July 29, 2016
The National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg:
Why this convention is better: It's about loving America. GOP convention was about loving Trump. If you didn't love Trump, it offered nada.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) July 29, 2016
Former Ronald Reagan speech writer and Commentary editor, John Podhoretz:
Take about five paragraphs out of that Obama speech and it could have been a Reagan speech. Trust me. I know.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 28, 2016
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld:
if repubs had championed their principles with specifics rather than embrace autocracy – they wouldn't have yielded this turf to dems.
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) July 29, 2016
Conservative blogger and RedState founder Erick Erickson:
For Republicans who are not social conservatives, I have to imagine last night and tonight at the DNC are having an impact on them.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 29, 2016
Conservative radio host Steve Deace:
So most of conservative media and the GOP spent the week rooting for Russia, and now the Democrats get to rally around the flag.
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) July 29, 2016
Conservative radio host Charlie Sykes:
Snark aside: GOP needs to understand what is happening to them tonight…
— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) July 29, 2016
Former Dick Cheney press secretary Rich Galen:
How can it be that I am standing at my kitchen counter sobbing because of the messages being driven at the DNC? Where has the GOP gone?
— Rich Galen (@richgalen) July 29, 2016
Veteran conservative strategist Matt Mackowiak:
This Democratic convention has been an unmitigated disaster for the GOP. Very well produced. Unifying. Patriotic. Bravo.#DNCinPHL
— Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) July 29, 2016
Former Ted Cruz spokesperson Amanda Carpenter:
I am sure hearing a lot more about God and faith at the DNC than the RNC.
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) July 28, 2016
Conservative blogger Allen Ginzburg:
Still stunned. Feel like I'm in the twilight zone. Obama just defended America & conservative values from attacks by the Republican nominee.
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) July 28, 2016
The Daily Caller‘s Jamie Weinstein:
Now an immigrant medal of honor winner? If the goal is to reach independents and conservatives uneasy w/ Trump, well done Democrats
— Jamie Weinstein (@Jamie_Weinstein) July 29, 2016
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