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CRUZ WARMLY RECEIVED
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 20, 2016) — At 9:28 p.m. EDT, Eric Trump Foundation executive Lynne Patton took to the podium at the RNC to speak about her employer following the presentation of a video she made about her experiences working for the Trump family and their support of her through difficult times.
The video shown on Wednesday night at the convention appears to be a follow-on to one she produced in May posted on YouTube.
Patton invoked the tragedies of Dallas, TX; Orlando, FL, and Baton Rouge, LA, where police officers and citizens were killed in June and this month. She said that Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump believes that “all lives matter.”
Patton said that she has deep respect for Trump’s children: Eric Trump; Donald J. Trump, Jr.; and Ivanka, for whom she has worked as a senior assistant for the last seven years.
Her address lasted approximately four minutes and was followed by a one-minute video address by former presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.
At 9:34, Sen. Ted Cruz took to the stage among raucous and lengthy cheering and applause. He began his remarks by congratulating Trump on his nomination and then launched into the Dallas police murders, a discussion of freedom and “partisan rancor.”
Cruz spoke about the value of life, the importance of the U.S. Constitution, and states’ rights.
Some are encouraging Cruz to run for president in 2020, although questions still linger about his eligibility given his birth in Canada to a Cuban-citizen father at the time.
At 9:53 p.m., Cruz advised the audience not to stay home on Election Day and to “vote their conscience” “up and down the ticket” for candidates who they believe will defend the U.S. Constitution. He did not invoke Donald Trump’s name.
There were then chants of “We want Trump!” which began to overshadow Cruz’s comments. He responded with, “I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation.”
Cruz continued to speak about the daughter of one of the officers killed in Dallas, “freedom,” and that people today can be part “standing for liberty.”
He finished his speech at 9:57 to a combination of cheers and other noise which was difficult to interpret.