Remember Kimberly Guilfoyle’s speech to the Republican National Convention last week?
I certainly hope so. Six days later, the sound of her voice is still ringing in my head. But if you missed it, here’s a quick rundown.
Ms Guilfoyle is a former conservative TV commentator who now works as a senior adviser and fundraiser for Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. She also happens to be dating the President’s son, Donald Trump Jr.
She spoke on the first day of the convention, and conveyed her enthusiasm for Mr Trump through the medium of SHOUTING AT THE CAMERA from an empty auditorium (coronavirus restrictions meant there was no crowd).
Here’s a taste of her speech. I want to stress that all emphasis here is hers, not mine.
“THEY WANT TO DESTROY THIS COUNTRY AND EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE FOUGHT FOR AND HOLD DEAR. THEY WANT TO STEAL YOUR LIBERTY, YOUR FREEDOM, THEY WANT TO CONTROL WHAT YOU SEE AND THINK AND BELIEVE SO THAT THEY CAN CONTROL HOW YOU LIVE. THEY WANT TO ENSLAVE YOU TO THE WEAK, DEPENDENT, LIBERAL VICTIM IDEOLOGY, TO THE POINT THAT YOU WILL NOT RECOGNISE THIS COUNTRY OR YOURSELF.”
It was pretty wild.
Ms Guilfoyle’s tone baffled most viewers, who couldn’t figure out why she was bellowing.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, absolutely loved it.
The Daily Beast’s White House reporter Asawin Suebsaeng reports Mr Trump called Ms Guilfoyle minutes after her speech aired to shower her with praise.
“That was so fantastic, so amazing,” he told her, according to two sources familiar with the conversation.
“So much energy, so much passion.
“Nobody could have done that but you.”
The President called Ms Guilfoyle “my Kimberly” and said it was one of the greatest speeches he had ever seen.
He kept “raving” about how “terrific” it was to people in the White House for days afterwards.
Given it was apparently such an outstanding speech, I should probably give you a more complete picture of it.
Again, all the emphasis here is Ms Guilfoyle’s, not mine.
“He built THE GREATEST ECONOMY the world has ever known,” she said.
“As commander-in-chief, he ALWAYS PUTS AMERICA FIRST. President Trump is THE law-and-order President.
“Now presidential leadership is not guaranteed, it is a choice. Biden, Harris and the rest of the socialists will FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE THIS NATION. They want open borders, closed schools, dangerous amnesty and will SELFISHLY SEND YOUR JOBS BACK TO CHINA while they get rich.
“They will defund, DISMANTLE AND DESTROY AMERICA’S LAW ENFORCEMENT. When you are in trouble and need police, DON’T. COUNT. On the Democrats.
“IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE SOCIALIST BIDEN-HARRIS FUTURE for our country, just take a look at California. It is a place of immense wealth, immeasurable innovation and immaculate environment. And the Democrats turned it into A LAND OF DISCARDED HEROIN NEEDLES IN PARKS, RIOTS IN STREETS and BLACKOUTS IN HOMES.”
Fun fact – Ms Guilfoyle used to be married to the current Democratic Governor of California, Gavin Newsom. So there was a bit of subtext going on there.
“IN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S AMERICA, WE LIGHT THINGS UP, WE DON’T DIM THEM DOWN. WE BUILD THINGS UP, WE DON’T BURN THEM DOWN. We kneel in prayer, and we STAAAAAND, FOOOOR, OUUUR, FLAAAAAAG,” she continued.
“This election is a BATTLE FOR THE SOUL of America. Your choice is clear. DO YOU SUPPORT THE CANCEL CULTURE, THE COSMOPOLITAN ELITE OF NANCY PELOSI, CHUCK SCHUMER AND JOE BIDEN, who blame America first? DO YOU THINK America is to blame?
“OR DO YOU BELIEVE IN AMERICAN GREATNESS? BELIEVE IN YOURSELF? IN PRESIDENT TRUMP? In individual and personal responsibility?
“AMERICA, IT’S ALL ON THE LINE.”
She ended on an optimistic note: “THE BEST. IS YET. TO COME!!”