Both Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Trump campaign adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle, were among the speakers during the opening night of this week’s Republican National Convention — and they took some flak for it.
The criticism prompted the president’s eldest son to announce in a subsequent interview with the Washington Examiner that Guilfoyle’s detractors as “racist” and “sexist.”
“They want to control what you see”
Speaking from Mellon Auditorium in D.C. on Monday evening, Guilfoyle made the case for President Donald Trump’s re-election on the claim that he is a “law and order” candidate squaring off against a potentially dangerous Democratic nominee.
“They want to steal your liberty, your freedom, they want to control what you see and think and believe so they can control how you live,” she said of the Democratic Party and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Guilfoyle continued by asserting that the political left in America is attempting to “enslave you to the weak, dependent, liberal victim ideology to the point that you will not recognize this country or yourself.”
The speech was described as “dark” by some critics in the media, while others criticized her impassioned delivery as poorly suited for the empty auditorium.
“Goes counter to the Democrat narrative”
“Kimberly is an incredible speaker,” he told the Examiner, describing her as “incredibly passionate” and frequently targeted for her political advocacy.
“When you see a conservative, female Hispanic — they’ll try to take her down at any cost because it goes counter to the Democrat narrative,” Trump Jr. added. “I imagine it’s sexist and/or somewhat racist when they try to do things to cut down someone who doesn’t go along with the Democrat party line and is an effective warrior against all of that.”
Although his speech was also pilloried by partisan rivals, Trump Jr. similarly defended his own performance during the convention.
“I’m used to doing speeches in front of thousands of people that are going crazy and having fun,” he said, according to the Examiner. “I’m also used to doing them unscripted. That’s my wheelhouse. I felt like I was in Joe Biden’s wheelhouse, which is an empty auditorium and a teleprompter, but I think it worked out well regardless.”
As the Republican National Convention continues this week, it is a near certainty that liberal pundits will find plenty of other speeches to parse in an attempt to denigrate the Trump administration.