Republican National Convention: Opening night speeches savage Clinton and seek to portray Trump as credible commander-in-chief

From The Washington Post:

As nominee-in-waiting Donald Trump arrived in Cleveland, his supporters took to the stage to prosecute the case against Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, and convince Americans that Trump has the strength and judgment to be a credible commander-in-chief in the face of terrorist attacks on the homeland and around the world.

“What I did for New York, Donald Trump will do for America,” said Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who steered his city through the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Giuliani went on to say that the billionaire businessman he has known for decades has “a big heart” and was being unfairly caricatured. “I am sick and tired of the defamation of Donald Trump by the media and the Clinton campaign,” he said in an impassioned speech. “This is a good man.”

Trump made his debut on the convention stage about 10:20 p.m., walking out in silhouette to Queen’s anthem, “We Are the Champions.”

“We’re going to win so big,” he said, as he introduced his wife, Melania, for her keynote address.

Melania Trump, a former fashion model born in Slovenia, testified to Trump’s compassion and patriotism.

“I have been with Donald for 18 years, and I have been aware of his love for this country since we first met,” she said. “He never had a hidden agenda when it comes to his patriotism because, like me, he loves his country very much.”

Earlier in the evening, a trio of speakers railed against undocumented immigrants — whom they repeatedly called “illegal aliens” — for killing their loved ones and argued that only Trump could keep the country safe.

“My son’s life was stolen at the hands of an illegal alien,” said Mary Ann Mendoza, mother of fallen police Sgt. Brandon Mendoza. “It’s time we had an administration that cares more about Americans than about illegals. …

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