Rep. Kevin McCarthy, speaking on the fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention, invoked the American dream and touched on some of the greatest achievements in U.S. history Thursday in a brief but wide-ranging exhortation for Americans to re-elect President Donald Trump.

In a pre-recorded speech lasting a little more than three minutes, the House minority leader from Bakersfield ticked off a list of what he considered Trump's key accomplishments during the last four years, from confronting China and negotiating strong trade deals to increasing U.S. energy independence and building "the greatest economy the world has ever seen."

The nationally televised speech, broadcast at 5:35 p.m., included video footage of diverse American families, as well as U.S. veterans and imagery from recent Black Lives Matter protests. McCarthy wore a white dress shirt with no tie and a gray suit while standing at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial with the west front of the U.S. Capitol in the background.

Self-determination was a primary theme, alongside historical victories over poverty, disease, fascism and communism.

"A great nation because of great people," he said. "And no one has done more to protect and advance it than President Trump."

The congressman painted Democrats in dark tones, calling them socialists ready to dismantle U.S. institutions, defund police and destroy the economy.

He said Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris "think this election is about government."

"They are wrong," he said. "It's about your family and your future."

Trump and his Republicans allies, McCarthy said, will renew the country's promise, making sure everyone has economic opportunity and ensuring Americans are "equal under God, under the Constitution and under the law."

"As Republicans," he said, "it's our mission to renew the American dream, restore our way of life and rebuild the greatest economy in the world."

McCarthy touched on COVID-19 without mentioning the pandemic by name. He called it "an invisible enemy that we didn't ask for, nor invite," adding, "But we will defeat it."

In a written response to McCarthy's speech, Christian Romo, chairman of the Kern County Democratic Central Committee, took Trump and the Republicans to task over the COVID-19 crisis.

He noted unemployment has climbed and deaths from the virus have soared under Trump's watch.

"Kevin McCarthy and the Republicans are peddling racial fear, broken promises and lies to distract from the fact that their inept response to the COVID-19 pandemic has destroyed small businesses, shuttered schools and cost untold numbers of Americans their lives and jobs," Romo wrote.

"The economic crisis that is destroying America’s families and businesses will not be solved until we have a robust, national response to this pandemic," he continued. "That response will not come without a change of leadership."

But Michael Caves, vice chairman of the Kern County Republican Party, said in a written response that McCarthy's speech resonated with Republicans and the nation as a whole.

He called the congressman's speech inspirational and true to the party's roots under former President Abraham Lincoln.

Like McCarthy, Caves' response focused on Republicans' commitment to the American dream and self-determination. He wrote that government gets its power from the people, "not the other way around."

"Thousands of families, farm workers, small business owners, laborers, first generation Americans and college students heard McCarthy speak tonight and realized, perhaps for the first time ever, that they are Republicans," he wrote.

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Masked 2020

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Masked 2020

oh Dr. Zippy........really?......

Zeppo

All who vote for Biden are voting for looting, rioting, lawlessness, open borders, no police, no jails, in other words, chaos! Trump is the only person who actually cares for the middle class. I cannot believe that anyone would vote for the Trojan Horse candidate because Harris with be the actual president due to Biden's health. Shame on all of you!

Moardeeb

But such is the atmosphere of intimidation in the Republican Party that affirming the Ninth Commandment is seen as an act of disloyalty. When the king is a liar, truth becomes treason.

nc2aref

Trump is going to lose...period. Ridin' with Biden!

Zeppo

"Darn toot'in," ....and don't forget to turn on your record player and wait for Biden's "NO MALARKEY" bus to come to town, while you are at it!

nc2aref

The Republicans don't want to admit Trump is the wrong man...he's their guy. Even if they feel deep down he's not the right man, they'll never admit it. I can't wait until the debate. Biden will out duel Trump and we already know that Harris will absolutely ANNIHILATE Pence.

Zeppo

Republicans want a strong leader who is non-PC and won't put up with rioting and looting and the destruction of cities by Biden supporters, who has business experience, so he can get the economy started again.

Masked 2020

don't worry....I'm going to Vote BidenHarris-2020 half a dozen times

Legumedude

Well, Moardeeb, Mask 2020 and all the rest of you carping about Mr. McCarthy, we are having an election. If you want him out of office, vote for his opponent.

Stephen

Regarding Kevin "my Kevin" McCarthy's comment on foreign interference in our elections It was disingenuous to name only China when the evidence, including evidence from a senate Republican committee report, l show Russia as being the major source of interference including attempts to breech local balloting systems and social media propaganda posing as conservative patriotic support for President Trump.

We need to keep close watch on any and all foreign operatives seeking to monkey with our elections but so far other than a statement there has been little indication of China actually doing much to try to jack the campaign in favor of Biden.

While there is no indication that a Democratic administration would be particularly friendly toward China President Trump's behavior toward both NATO and Russia has appeared to be in sync with their foreign policy giving them much motive to help get him elected.

Zeppo

China wants Biden to get elected. The main group that wants to mess with our election is the Democrats who want to engage in ballot harvesting. I would not doubt that China and Russia are trying to breech our election, but the Dems are worse. They are willing to do anything to win, no matter what!

Zeppo

Biden's son, who has no experience in the oil and gas industry, got several hundred million from China, because he was related to VP Biden. Biden would allow China to take over as the most powerful country in the world. Too many of Biden's friends do business with China. Our country has more to fear from Democrats, who want to turn the country into another Venezuela than any foreign country. If you are happy with BLM and rioting and looting, by all means, vote for Biden. If you are happy with having people tell you what words you can use, then vote for Biden. If you want liberty and individuality and personal choice, vote for Trump!

Public Servant

McCarthy needs to go as well. He is so out of touch with our communities needs and issues. He needs to get out of trump’s $&@ and do his job here in the Central Valley where we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the state and his constituents are dying from COVID.

Zeppo

Right! Let's put people in charge who are from the swamp and call us "deplorables" and the "great unwashed" and hate the middle class. Trump is a businessman and not a politician so he knows how to get the country up and running again. Biden and the Dems do not.

Masked 2020

Kevin holds SuperSpreaderevent...WhiteHouseLawn..tonight after Dr. Deby sez this this morning............Posted: Aug 27, 2020 / 06:02 PM PDT / Updated: Aug 27, 2020 / 06:03 PM PDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Major concerns from the federal government as positivity rates remain high in Kern and Central Valley counties.

“We really want every Californian to know that there’s ongoing active transmission in communities in the Central Valley and that we all need to adhere to these guidelines to prevent additional community spread,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavius task force coordinator in an interview Thursday with 17 News.

Many counties in Southern California and the Bay Area are seeing a decrease in positivity rates. Sixteen counties in the Central Valley have rising rates, according to Birx.

She Dee

Boo Hiss. Lock them all up and let the Government start to move again. It's currently stagnate and it's starting to stink. 4 more years of stalling and lies must come to a halt. BIDEN/HARRIS get my vote!

Zeppo

Then you aren't paying any attention to what the Dems do to anyone who disagrees with them. If you want riots, looting, bullying of the public to continue, as well as defunding the police, opening the prisons, opening our borders, giving illegals free college, free legal help, then go ahead and be a party to the destruction of our country by voting for Biden, which is really going to be Harris.

She Dee

I cannot help those who believe in falsehoods. The Democratic Party is not perfect, but it does it's job to take the people who back them into the future. Just like the Republicans! If you want to hate on any of us for sticking to our convictions, that's your right. Just don't try to tell me that I don't love my country. Like someone else said....I'm RIDEN 4 BIDEN!

Zeppo

You need to join BLM and Antifa, they would like to have someone like you who loves people who threaten Trump supporters in restaurants and find out where they live and contact their places of work so they will lose their jobs. A really fine bunch of people, those hateful Dems. You all are fine with the mobs until they affect you personally. You think that going along with them will make you safe from the mob? Even the people who had businesses with "BLM" on their windows were attacked.

Zeppo

Falsehoods! Open your eyes and ears!

Zeppo

Darn right! Let's get more rioting, looting and burning down of businesses. Go BLM, go ANTIFA. Let's continue telling people what they can and cannot say without being attacked. They need to have a bumper sticker which states SUPPORT THE BLM AND DEMOCRATS OR WE WILL KILL YOU!

Moardeeb

American Dream? American Nightmare you mean. I can't survive 4 more years of Trump. This is a change election. Kick him to the curb and about 10 Republican Senators with him.

PopTart

Glad to see your head exploding...but it was a very small pop....

Bodysnatcher

Amen Pop Tar!! The pop was a pimple pop.

Zeppo

A very tiny pop!

Boris25

Hey POS, here is Greenlawn's telephone number (661) 324-9701. Go ahead and purchase your plot you are going to need it after November 3, 2020.

Bill Peloquin

Very good reporting. I like that both sides comments were also mentioned.

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