The Republican National Convention, now on its second day, will hear from first lady Melania Trump, who will deliver the final speech of the night. On Monday, Republicans launched their convention with the formal nomination of President Trump, who made a couple of surprise appearances throughout the prime time programming.
Tuesday's theme will be Land of Opportunity. Several members of Mr. Trump's family spoke Tuesday. In addition to Melania Trump, his children, Tiffany Trump and Eric Trump, and daughter-in-law Lara Trump are set to speak.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an appearance from the Middle East. Last month, Pompeo warned State Department employees in a cable that they should not be engaging in "any partisan political activity" tied to a campaign, political party or political group and should refrain from partaking in "partisan political activity" while abroad.here.[/b] Online stream: Live on CBSN — in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device.
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Just before the evening programming began, President Trump pardoned Jon Ponder, a convicted bank robber who founded a re-entry program for prisoners being released. Earlier this year, Ponder was granted clemency by the Nevada state pardons board for previous battery convictions, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The video of the president's pardon played during the early portion of Tuesday night's convention.
A video featuring Mary Ann Mendoza, described as an "angel mom" because her son was killed by a drunk driver who was in the country illegally, was pulled at the last minute after she retweeted a long tweet thread featuring an anti-Semitic QAnon conspiracy theory. "We have removed the scheduled video from the convention lineup and it will no longer run this week," a senior campaign official told CBS News' Nicole Sganga. Mendoza later apologized and deleted the thread, saying she had not read every post in the thread.
Paul began his speech by praising Mr. Trump for supporting his medical mission trips to Guatemala and Haiti, where the senator from Kentucky, an ophthalmologist, was performing charity eye surgeries.
"Nothing is more amazing than removing the bandages from a person's eyes, and watching them as they see their loved ones again. Donald Trump helped me make that happen," Paul recalled during his remarks.
Paul also praised Mr. Trump for his foreign policy and economic agendas while criticizing Joe Biden as someone who "will continue to spill our blood and treasure."
Paul, who went head-to-head with Mr. Trump during the 2016 presidential election, said he is "proud of the job Donald Trump has done as president."
"I don't always agree with him," the senator said. "But our occasional policy differences are far outweighed by our significant agreements."
Nicholas Sandmann, who became the subject of a viral video of a confrontation with Native American activist Nathan Phillips last year, focused his remarks on the mainstream media and said Americans must "join with a president who will challenge the media to return to objective journalism." Sandmann sued several news organizations over coverage of the incident. He has settled some of those suits, and one against CBS News is still pending.
In reflecting upon the incident that took place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Sandmann, appearing in front of the Lincoln Memorial once again, said "the full war machine of the mainstream media revved up into attack mode" as footage of the confrontation spread.
Sandmann said that over the last year, he has had Mr. Trump's support and urged voters to "unite around a president who calls the media out and refuses to allow them to create a narrative instead of reporting the facts."
"I believe we must all embrace our First Amendment rights and not hide in fear of the media, or from the tech companies or the outrage mob either," he said. "This is worth fighting for. This is worth voting for. This is what President Donald Trump stands for."
Sandmann ended his speech by putting on a MAGA hat like he was wearing in the video.
The president's youngest daughter, Tiffany Trump, has largely stayed out of the spotlight, but was one of four Trump family members speaking Tuesday evening, plus the president.
Trump, a recent graduate of Georgetown Law School, used her speech to tear into the media companies, and accused them of suppressing diverse voices. "If what you share does not fit into the narrative they seek to promote, then it is either ignored or deemed a 'lie,' regardless of the truth," she said.
"Ask yourselves why are we prevented from seeing certain information? Why is one viewpoint promoted while others are hidden," she asked. "The answer is control — and because division and controversy breeds profit."
Her father, she claimed, would challenge "media monopolies to ensure that America's constitutional freedoms are upheld."
Reflecting on the recent derecho that ravaged Iowa, Reynolds said that in addition to the support Iowans offered one another, "someone else also had our back: Our president."
"When the winds had finished raging and the cleanup had only begun, he showed up. You might not know, because the national media didn't report it. But the Trump administration was here. In full force," Reynolds said.
Reynolds also recalled the response from the Trump administration last year after floods devastated communities in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska, and said Mr. Trump approved federal aid for those states in days.