The NPR Politics team was on the road this week, bringing you stories from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
In case you weren’t sitting at home, awaiting our daily podcasts, videos and deluge of digital and radio stories from the four-day convention (although no judgment if you were), here are some of our picks to catch you up before we start all over again at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week.
Stories From Inside The Arena:
At the start of Donald Trump’s Thursday night speech, he promised that “here, at our convention, there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else.”
The NPR Politics team held him to that standard and fact-checked his remarks, adding context and analysis to his 73-minute acceptance speech.
Here’s an excerpt; Trump’s words are bolded:
The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50 percent compared to this point last year.
[The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund says as of July 21, 2016, total fatalities this year compared with the same time last year reflect an increase of five deaths, or 8 percent. Deaths related to firearms are up by 14 deaths, or 78 percent. — Carrie Johnson]
From NPR’s Ron Elving:
“It has been said that ‘to cleave’ is the only verb in English that connotes one specific action and its direct opposite. To cleave sometimes means to hold together, and it can also mean to split apart.
That’s why Cleveland was the perfect city to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Because this week, in this town, the GOP demonstrated both its persistent divisions and its instinct for overcoming them.”
From NPR’s Sarah McCammon:
“When Donald Trump takes the stage in Cleveland to accept the Republican nomination Thursday, it will be the culmination of decades in the limelight.
From his early days as a New York real estate developer to his entertainment career to his rise in politics, Trump has used his celebrity status to enhance his brand.”
From NPR’s Nina Totenberg:
“In choosing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, Donald Trump has reassured both establishment republicans and social conservatives — but he has also picked someone who in many ways is his polar opposite.”
Stories From Outside The Arena:
From NPR’s Eyder Peralta:
“The protesters made it all the way to the security perimeter around the arena. They stopped right in front of the 8-foot-tall fence protecting the site of the Republican National Convention.
They linked arms and unfurled the canvas. They chanted, “Trump equals hate; there is no debate.”
And for a brief moment at least, they accomplished what they came to do: They built a symbolic wall between Trump and his rhetoric and the rest of the city.”
From NPR’s Eyder Peralta:
“During our time covering the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week, we asked pretty much everyone we met why they were supporting Donald Trump. Here are some of their answers.”
And when words don’t quite cut it…
From NPR’s Ariel Zambelich:
“During her week in Cleveland, photographer Gabriella Demczuk explored the ways that people are embracing and challenging the Republican Party’s mission in this election — both from inside and outside the party. Here is a selection of what she saw.”