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Day one of the Republican National Convention has officially come and gone.It was filled with a high caliber list of speakers from Governor Rick Perry to Melania Trump. While the entire group of speakers brought a unique and valid perspective to the convention floor, at FFL we paid extra attention to the strong female speakers.  These showcased the intelligence and diversity that the Republican Party has to offer. Here are the highlights of some our favorite Republican women at day one of the Republican National Convention.

Alex Smith, College Republican National Committee Chairman

As the first female Chairman of the College Republican National Committee, Alex Smith set the bar for powerful conservative women at the GOP Convention. Alex spoke about the role of millennial voters in the Republican party.  She expressed that it is both a privilege and a challenge to be a young, conservative voter. Our generation is diverse and innovative, Smith said.  We know how to take advantage of our resources. Toward the conclusion of her speech, Alex declared “There is too much old and not enough grand in the way we express our party’s interests to next generation voters.” Preach it, girl.

Pat Smith, Mother of Benghazi victim, Sean Smith

Pat Smith came to the GOP Convention stage with a bone to pick with former Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Ms. Smith lost her son, Sean Smith, in the horrible Benghazi terrorist attacks.  This attack resulted in the death of four Americans. Ms. Smith exclaimed that she “personally blame[s] Hillary Clinton” for the death of her son. The crowd became fired up.  The attendees wanted to make their anger towards Mrs. Clinton known. Smith accused Clinton of being a liar and expressed her frustration with the State Department for its lack of assistance. She closed out her speech by throwing one last bit of shade at the presumptive Democratic nominee, saying “If Hillary cannot give us the truth, why should we give her the presidency?

Mary Ann Mendoza and Sabine Durden, Immigration Reform Advocates

Both Ms. Mendoza and Ms. Durden lost their sons at the hands of illegal immigrants. They both shared the stories of their sons and expressed how their bright futures were unjustly taken away. Both of these tales fit into the theme of the day, “Make America Safe Again.” The fact that these precious lives were lost because of someone who should not have been in the United States to begin with, plays perfectly into Trump’s strong stance on secure borders. They both ended their speeches by displaying hope in Trump’s possible leadership and expressing their confidence in the presumptive Republican nominee.

Karen Vaughn, Mother of fallen U.S. Navy SEAL

Karen Vaughn spoke at the Republican National Convention.  She beautifully represented all mothers who have gone through the heartbreak of losing a child who fought for our great nation. Ms. Vaughn expressed her frustration with America’s current standing on the world stage.  She stated that it used to be strong and proud. She told the GOP Convention attendees, “I am here because we are at a crossroads, and something must change now.” She communicated a desire for new, strong leadership.  Vaughn insisted that we cannot defeat an enemy we refuse to name. Ms. Vaughn supported for the slogan of the day, by ending her speech by saying that we must make America safe again.

Melania Trump, Businesswoman and Wife of Donald Trump

On Monday night, Donald Trump’s definitive silhouette appeared behind a neon blue screen moments before he appeared on stage. Donald Trump made a surprise visit to the Convention to introduce his wife, Melania Trump.  She spoke for almost fifteen minutes on behalf of her husband. Melania, a Slovenia native and former model, painted her husband as a kind yet strong man who would do anything for his country. She proclaimed her love for America.  Melania told the audience that she believes in working hard to achieve one’s goals, a prominent American philosophy. She said that her husband wants to keep America safe, secure, and moving forward. Melania also stated that “kindness, love, and compassion will bring us together, and keep us together,” in an attempt to incorporate gentleness and unity–neither things Trump is necessarily known for in the political arena.

Shortly after her speech, many journalists discovered that Melania’s speech was strikingly similar to Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Without admitting to any wrongdoing, the Trump campaign released the following statement: In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)

Senator Joni Ernst was the last speaker to grace the stage on the first day of the Republican National Convention. While many expressed anger that Senator Ernst did not speak to a full convention center, that did not stop her from giving a powerful speech. She spoke about her childhood.  Senator Ernst expressed the sense of determination that was ingrained in her from a young age. She also touched on more serious topics like U.S. national security, questioning “Where is America’s leadership?” Senator Joni Ernst followed the common theme of the night.  She added that Hillary Clinton cannot be trusted.

The first day brought wonderful speakers and we look forward to hearing the rest of the passionate speeches this week. Be sure to check back with us at FFL for more live updates from the GOP Convention in Cleveland.