RNC Day Three Recap; MN Quarterback Takes the Stage for Trump Tonight

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Day Three of the Republican National Convention continued to be upbeat and full of surprises. In case you missed it, here are the highlights of day three.

The Pence Factor

MNGOP Chairman Keith Downey told Alpha News this morning that “Mike Pence is an awesome choice for Vice President.” Minnesota delegates also expressed their excitement for Pence via social media.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence officially accepted the nomination of Vice President last night and surprised many around the country.

Pundits questioned the readiness of Mike Pence and whether he could take on the role as Trump’s right hand man.

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“You’re on Fire, Stupid!”

Los Angeles Times is reporting that is what one Cleveland Police Officer shouted as he pulled an anti-Trump protester away as he tried to burn the American Flag. USA Today reports that 17 people were taken into custody yesterday after protesters chose to burn the flag in sign of protest against Donald Trump.

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The End of a Career?

National Pundits are saying Ted Cruz may have ended his political career last night after refusing to endorse Donald Trump.

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Cruz, who was one of the last politicians standing against Trump in the primary encouraged voters to “go out and vote in November” and to “vote their conscience.” Cruz was then promptly booed off the stage by delegates.

Minnesota delegate and RNC Chairwoman Janet Beihoffer was not pleased with the delegation booing a sitting Senator. However, she told Alpha News this afternoon that “(Ted) Cruz could have been a national hero, but doubled down. Trump won, Cruz lost, get on board. It was poor, classless, and sad.”

Andy Aplikowski a Ted Cruz delegate from Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District shared his admiration for Cruz after his speech.

CNN reports that Heidi Cruz was rushed out of the Quicken Loans arena by security after Trump supporters went after her. CNN also reports that Cruz was denied access to Sheldon Adelson’s suite, a former Cruz supporter and wealthy GOP donor. The CNN report claimed there were a few individuals who also had to be physically restrained from attacking Cruz.

The Great Response

Donald Trump has a thing for grand entrances. As Alpha News reported, Donald Trump’s entrance on Monday night was reminiscent of a WWE wrestler and had people around the country wondering how he would top it.

Wednesday night provided the answer. As Ted Cruz was being booed off the stage, Donald Trump arrived to take his seat with his thumbs up, a few waves, and a tight smile. People around the country loved his entrance the most.

Make America First Again:

Again, the Republican National Convention had a star studded night with a video from Sen. Marco Rubio, to Gov. Scott Walker, Newt Gingrich, Gov. Rick Scott, and Pastor Darrell C. Scott just to name a few.

Overall, the speeches remained fairly ordinary, leaving delegates to wait for the main event, Mike Pence. Speaker after speaker reminded delegates that they should go out and vote for Donald Trump, the great man he is and the evils of Hillary Clinton.

One notable mention would be Laura Ingraham, a conservative commentator and radio show host who made headlines last night after supposedly saluting like the members of Nazi Germany.

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The Finale

Tonight 125,000 red, white, and blue balloons will drop as Donald Trump takes the stage to accept the nomination for President of the United States. Downey said Trump would get the opportunity to speak with republicans directly, not the edited version given by the media.

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While no one knows what Donald Trump will speak on, tonight’s theme is called “Make America One Again.”

Minnesota will also be represented on the big stage tonight as Fran Tarkenton, one of the greatest Minnesota Quarterbacks and Hall of Famer will take the stage as well speaking on tonight’s theme.

Check back with Alpha News as we deliver the latest at the Republican National Convention.

Preya Samsundar

Preya Samsundar was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities this Spring with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, with a minor in Strategic Communications. Preya has previously worked on several State Campaign Races.