The Trump campaign blasted the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention as a “Hollywood-produced infomercial.”
Monday’s event included brief remarks from lawmakers like Rep. Jim Clyburn and governors like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo—those speeches, though, were weaved in between pre-recorded musical performances from from artists including Leon Bridges and Maggie Rogers, and a video featuring Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising.”
Trump campaign strategist Brad Parscale tweeted during the program: “Is this the Democratic National Convention or a Hollywood award show?”
Meanwhile, when the events wrapped on Monday night, the Trump campaign hosted its first night of “The Real Joe Biden,” a nightly recap of the Democrats’ nightly events at the convention, as part of their rapid response efforts and counter-programming.
The rebuttal was hosted Monday night by Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp and 2020 Strategic Adviser Boris Epshteyn, and will featured guests, including GOP National Spokeswoman Liz Harrington and Citizens United President David Bossie.
Team Trump highlighted the fact that the large majority of Monday night’s events were not focused on Biden and his potential presidency, but on criticizing the Trump administration–an effort which Trump campaign senior adviser Steve Cortes called an “indictment” of the United States.
“They only have an agenda of hating Donald Trump,” Bossie said during the campaign’s recap program. “The American people are smarter than that.”
He added: “They’re going to see that this is an election about big issues and where America is going to be for their children. This is the most important election of our lifetime—this one is consequential.”
“Perhaps it was just an oversight, but the first night of the Democrat convention left out the fact that Joe Biden would raise taxes on more than 80 percent of Americans by at least $4 trillion,” Trump campaign national press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement Monday night.
“Also missing was his open borders policy, with amnesty and work permits for 11 million illegal aliens. There was no mention of Joe Biden’s desire to cut police funding, kill ten million energy jobs with a green new deal, or give free healthcare to illegal aliens, but in fairness, it was only the first night,” Gidley said.
Gidley added: “Democrats can try to conceal the dangerous truth with a Hollywood-produced infomercial, but they can’t hide the fact that the radical socialist leftist takeover of Joe Biden is complete.”
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said the Democrats have no policy to help middle America – and the show they’re putting on is proof of that.
“The Democrats today are the party of the rich,” Cruz said. “They’re the party of coastal elites. They’re the party of Manhattan and San Francisco… That’s who they’re trying to appeal to, is the radical left. When it comes to working men and women, when it comes to union members, when it comes to the Ohio steelworker, they were nowhere to be found.”
Cruz added that Democrats don’t have any message for organizations like Teamsters, even as Antifa mobs are burning police union halls.
“The Democrats have said, ‘We care more about the woke mob than we do about standing with cops, firefighters or working men and women,'” he said. “And to go tonight without saying a meaningful word about the riots, about the police officers being murdered, it’s an example of how the Democratic Party [is] getting more and more extreme.”
Meanwhile, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also accused convention speakers of failing to highlight any Biden policies.
“During this underwhelming DNC, there’s been a whole lot of singing but ZERO explaining of how Joe will create jobs, end riots, stop innocent loss of life in our streets,” McEnany tweeted. “Joe will DESTROY our economy, DEFUND our police, SURRENDER our communities to the anarchists!”
The Trump campaign and his allies were not alone in their disgust with the theatrical performance put on by the Democrats during their virtual convention as the internet erupted with critics blasting the event as “boring, cringeworthy, and obscene.”