RNC Ratings Down For the 2nd Night As Melania’s Speech Flops
The Republican National Convention–or “Trump Campaign Event” as pegged by Rachel Maddow–already had a tough act to follow after last week’s emotional Democratic Convention. Monday night’s kickoff set the tone for the week ahead and fell far behind the DNC’s similar night in the ratings despite another appearance from the nominee himself.
Tuesday night was not much better for the GOP, with First Lady Melania Trump’s emotionless speech receiving far less attention than Jill Biden’s appearance last week. In an ironic touch, the RNC placed second to “America’s Got Talent” even as it is being overseen by two former employees of another NBC reality show, “The Apprentice”.
Staged in the newly (and controversially) renovated Rose Garden, Melania Trump’s speech drew roughly 5.4 million viewers, while Jill Biden’s audience was estimated at about 6.1 million. Twitter immediately went to work shredding everything from the setting to her attire to her robotic delivery. Actress Bette Midler drew some heat when she tweeted about Melania’s still-heavy Eastern European accent.
The RNC has been dealing with other controversies during a week when it needs to rehabilitate its image. A planned appearance by “Angel Mom” and QAnon conspiracy theorist Mary Ann Mendoza was scrapped at the last minute when it was discovered she shared a thread pushing Anti-Semitic tropes. Eric Trump still appeared despite spending this week ducking the New York State Attorney General’s subpoena. And Joaquin Castro has opened an investigation into Mike Pompeo‘s clear violation of the Hatch Act when he spoke via tape from Jerusalem.
Wednesday night’s scheduled lineup of speakers once again includes Trump himself, as well as his running mate, Mike Pence; Pence’s wife, Karen; White House Advisor Kellyanne Conway, who is leaving her position next week; Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas; Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee; and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.