The girlfriend of US President Donald Trump’s eldest son has been mocked for an impassioned speech during the Republican National Convention.
Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is also a former conservative TV commentator, took to the podium as senior adviser to the Trump campaign to endorse the president for another term.
She said the commander-in-chief Trump had always put the US first and had built the greatest economy the world had ever known.
Ms Guilfoyle added Democratic nominee Joe Biden and “other socialists” would change the nation by “opening borders and closing schools” before yelling enthusiastically about how Trump is the best person for the top job.
“In President Trump’s America, we light things up, we don’t dim them down,” she shouted.
“We build things up, we don’t burn them down. We kneel in prayer and we stand for our flag.”
She clenched her fists as she became more fired up during the speech people described as a “sheer frenzy”.
“There will be movies made attempting to recreate the level of mania during the Trump era and no actress will ever, ever be able to capture the level of sheer frenzy we just witnessed by Kimberly Guilfoyle,” political commentator Amanda Carpenter tweeted.
Another posted a video of a burning building and said the convention should have run that footage instead of Ms Guilfoyle’s “painful screeching”.
“Kimberly Guilfoyle with a mic ... yikes. My ears are bleeding,” a third added.
Others however applauded her performance, with some describing it as “uplifting”.
Going to sleep. Definitely going to have nightmares about Kimberly Guilfoyle.
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) August 25, 2020
Can someone introduce Kimberly Guilfoyle to an indoor voice?
— Emily Brandwin (@CIAspygirl) August 25, 2020
Gun-toting couple warn of suburban peril
A white St Louis couple who brandished guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home in June have also been given a prominent speaking slot at the Republican National Convention, repeating unfounded claims by President Trump that Democrats will destroy America's suburbs.
Speaking amid new protests over the police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who face felony weapons charges for threatening protesters with guns, said US neighbourhoods would be overrun by crime and lawlessness if Mr Biden wins in November.
"No matter where you live, your family will not be safe in the radical Democrats' America," Patricia McCloskey said on Monday.
That message follows repeated allegations by Mr Trump, as part of his "law-and-order" campaign, that vengeful "mobs" are tearing down Democratic-run cities.
In one recent tweet, Mr Trump – keen to win back the votes of white, college-educated women – declared that "suburban housewives" wanted safety and that a Democrat in the White House would bring chaos to neighbourhoods.
Mr Biden has decried violent protests and has resisted activist calls to "defund the police".
Instead, he says his focus is on ending systematic racism inside law enforcement agencies.
The McCloskeys, both lawyers, shouted and pointed weapons including a semi-automatic rifle at the demonstrators, who appeared unarmed as they marched by their home.
On Monday, they criticised authorities for charging them but not any in what they called the "out-of-control mob".
They have said they were within their rights to defend their property.
Mr Trump previously called the charges against them a "disgrace".
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