The first viewership reports of the Republican National Convention appear to dwarf that of last week’s Democratic National Convention, indicating a stronger desire among American voters to affirm the party’s platform and its incumbent presidential candidate, Donald Trump.
According to The Hill, C-SPAN’s livestream of the first night of the convention drew a staggering 440,000 views.
That figure represents more than five times the 76,000 views for the Democratic National Convention’s opening night.
Viewership of candidate Joe Biden’s convention speech even fell below its own 2016 record when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the party’s presidential pick. Meanwhile, both Biden and Clinton’s speeches were drastically less viewed than Trump’s.
The Hill continues:
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden‘s speech on Thursday night was watched by 21.8 million people on TV, beating out the numbers for other major speeches at the party’s convention earlier in the week.
Still, the numbers for Biden mark a 21 percent drop from presidential nominee Hillary Clinton‘s acceptance speech at the Democratic convention in 2016. They are also more than 38 percent lower than President Trump‘s acceptance speech at the Republican convention four years ago, which drew 34.9 million viewers.
In a column for The Washington Post, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt explained that the Democratic National Convention was simply “unwatchable.”
“The Democratic Convention’s first night no doubt had the loyalists tune in and leave the box on, but the traditional conventions draw their miserable ratings for the funny hats the Texas delegates wear, for the crazies outside the hall and for the panel discussions broadcasting from bars and coffee shops,” Hewitt wrote. “Rarely do the networks actually cover the speeches, and even when they do, they cut away frequently to other things. It’s the energy of the real conventions that made them at all watchable. That’s all gone now.”
Unsurprisingly, liberal-bent media treated the GOP convention markedly different than that of the Democrats.
ABC News noted in its review of the RNC’s first night that MSNBC didn’t merely report but actually “broke into a speech by the Missouri couple who stood outside of their house with guns when a Black Lives Matter protest march went by, after noting on an onscreen chyron that they had been charged with unlawful use of a weapon.”
“We do feel a responsibility to make sure that we are not unquestionably presenting things that are false, that are deliberately false and are potentially dangerously false,” MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said in defense of the chyron.
In response, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham had one simple question.
“MSNBC is fact-checking the GOP speakers in real time,” Ingraham tweeted. “Why didn’t they do the same last week for the DNC?”
MSNBC is fact-checking the GOP speakers in real time. Why didn't they do same last week for the DNC?
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) August 25, 2020
The RNC was studded with speakers like Former U.N. ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, Jr., Sen. Rand Paul, Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer, and pro-life activist Abby Johnson.
Among others, the DNC featured a self-identified “transgender non-binary gender-transcendent mermaid queen-king” who wants a “world without cops,” demonstrating the stunning disconnect between the Democratic party and the average American.
During her convention speech on Monday, Nikki Haley declared that America does not need the collectivist vision of the ever-radicalizing Democratic Party.
“Their vision for America is socialism, and we know that socialism has failed everywhere,” she said in her speech, according to Fox News. “Joe Biden and the socialist left would be a disaster for our economy. But President Trump is leading a new era of opportunity.”
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