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Alabama Republicans react to Trump accepting GOP nomination for a second term

President Donald Trump gave a speech at the White House Thursday, accepting the Republican nomination for president of the United States.

Alabama Republican Party Chair Terry Lathan was one of the people to receive an invitation to view the event live on the White House grounds.

“To be there in person, to be invited to the White House, to represent Alabama is hard to believe,” Lathan said. “I’ve been there a few times. I’ve met the president there but this is very historic.”

Lathan was tested for the coronavirus before attending the Republican National Convention and again before being admitted on the White House grounds, she said.

Trump was formally nominated at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, and Lathan was one of the six Alabamians present at that dramatically downsized meeting earlier in the week.

“He is who he is,” Lathan said of Trump. “He says what he thinks. He thinks what he says, and the American people knew that in 2016.”

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Lathan said that the convention and the nomination is just part of the election cycle.

“Now the work begins,” Lathan said on social media. “We are going to flip a Senate seat and elect Tommy Tuberville.”

GOP 2nd Congressional District candidate Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, expressed confidence in Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Republican candidates across Alabama following the president’s speech.

“Last week, the Democrats showed us a vision of America that was all about darkness and destruction,” Moore said in a statement. “This week, we Republicans showed America that our vision of America is one of light, hope and American greatness. These two visions couldn’t be further apart, and I think the president drove that home in his final speech to the convention.”

“The Democrats want to tear down and destroy our nation, then rebuild it according to their warped ideas about ‘justice’,” Moore said. “They talk about everyone being equal, except when they’re not. They talk about free speech, except when they decide to cancel it. They talk about peace, but have refused to consistently speak out against rioters, looters, and arsonists. If you listen to what they actually said at their convention, they talked about how Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, AOC, and the Squad would be setting policy for the Biden/Harris White House.”

“Republicans, led by our president and vice president, have talked about opportunity, heroes, and faith,” Moore said. “We’ve talked about families, and freedom, and coming together as One Nation, Under God, to move together towards that ‘More Perfect Union’ the Founders envisioned.”

“I know which vision of America I believe in, and when he said ‘America is the torch that enlightens the entire world’, President Trump showed that he believes it, too,” Moore added. “That’s why I’m proud to be supporting him, and why both Donald Trump and Barry Moore are going to win in November.”

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Moore faces Democratic nominee Phyllis Harvey-Hall in the Nov. 3 general election. He served two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives and is a veteran, small businessman, husband and father of four from Enterprise.

Perry Hooper Jr. is also a former state representative. Hooper serves on the president’s National Victory Committee.

“The president’s speech was all about patriotism and putting America First,” Hooper said. “It is very clear that Joe Biden’s agenda is Made in China and President Trump’s agenda is Made in the USA,” Hooper added. “The President laid out a clear vision of hope and optimism.”

Hooper claimed that Trump has had a very successful first term. Hooper cited as Trump’s accomplishments: “Creating the greatest economy ever, creating opportunity zones, appointing and confirming 200 plus Federal Judges and 2 US Supreme Court Justices.”

Hooper also credited the president with the destruction of ISIS, criminal justice reform and moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Hooper said that Trump restored the military and stopped “China from controlling our economy and illegally dumping products in America.”

“President Trump will defeat the invisible enemy and he will be the President of Law and Order,” Hooper predicted. “He will make America safer, stronger, prouder and greater than ever before.”

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Trump faces former Vice President Joseph Biden in the general election on Nov. 3.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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