Passed over for Trump's vice presidential pick, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn delivered a fiery speech pushing Trump's candidacy and criticizing Hillary Clinton and President Obama, who appointed him to the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon's main spy service, in 2012.
"We are tired of Obama’s empty speeches and his misguided rhetoric," Flynn said. "This, this has caused the world to have no respect for America’s word, nor does it fear our might."
Flynn criticized "political correctness" and debates over transgender bathrooms.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence hit all the standard notes for a high-profile political address Wednesday night: introducing himself to unfamiliar voters, extolling his running mate and making an explicit appeal to independent and Democratic voters.
That typical approach has been in short supply at the GOP nominating confab in Cleveland, with its outsized focus on base-pleasing issues like Benghazi and speakers whose anti-Hillary Clinton rhetoric is matched only by the audience’s preferred chant of “Lock her up!”
Adding to the unreality was Sen. Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement of Donald Trump just an hour before Pence took the stage, prompting a chaotic backlash from attendees.
Donald Trump supporter Michael Der Manouel, a California delegate from Fresno, is not happy with Sen. Ted Cruz.
“Everybody believed he was building to a point in his speech where he would endorse Donald Trump, and he couldn’t bring himself to do it, and the convention expressed its displeasure,” Der Manouel told The Times.
“He couldn’t bring himself to do what Reagan did in ’76, and it’s very disappointing,” he said. “We’re going to move forward without all of these guys who reneged on their endorsement pledge. We’re going to move forward without them.”
In her Wednesday night convention speech, retired astronaut Eileen Collins lamented the fact that the last time the U.S. launched astronauts on American soil was more than five years ago, imploring leaders to "do better than that."
She called for "leadership that will make America's space program first again," but skipped a line in her prepared remarks that would have endorsed newly-minted Republican nominee Donald Trump.
She said she wanted to keep not political. She also passed up an opportunity to slam Obama for space program cuts. It was weird.