Juan Williams, co-host of “The Five,” said Thursday that even as a critic of President Trump, he expected more of his remarks to close the Republican National Convention.
“I think President Trump, on the script, reading a script, is not President Trump about the commercial being spontaneous,” Williams said on Fox News special coverage. “He has that magic when he’s spontaneous, when he can provoke a rally. That hasn’t happened to him tonight.
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“I was expecting there to be fireworks before this incredible spectacle on the South Lawn,” added Williams, responding to the exhibit at the end of the night. “These are, by the way, the best fireworks that a fireworks lover has ever seen … But [the speech] most struck me as a replay.
“We’ve seen so many of those aftershocks before. It just didn’t have the punch I expected. And even as someone capable of criticizing the President, I expected tonight to be a big show. Great speech. So, I wonder what happened there. “
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Williams’ colleague, former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove, chose to go by the numbers in Trump’s 70-minute speech.
“Of the 5,680 words of the speech, 564 are divided by going after Biden or the Democrats, or about 10% of the speech,” he said. “So that was a relatively small part of it, although it was actually written and caught our attention …
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“Most of the speech was devoted to the defense of traditional American values, American patriotism and exceptionalism, about 20% of the speech, just under 1,200 words. The second part was devoted to promises made , kept promises – about 956 words – and public order came third [with]831 words devoted to this issue alone.
“And finally, 636 words [were] devoted to the COVID response … a strong defense of the administration’s response to the COVID crisis. “