With a first night theme of Land of Promise, the Republican National Convention (RNC) got off to a flying start on Monday, Aug. 24.

The first speaker was Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, he emphasized, “President Trump was elected to defend the American way of life,” and he referred to the president as the “bodyguard of Western Civilization.” Kirk said, “This election is not just the most important of our lifetime—it is most important since the preservation of the Republic in 1865,” as reported by Politico.

“The American way of life means you speak your mind without retribution, without being kicked off social media by a self-righteous censor in Silicon Valley,” he said, reported Politico.

“President Trump was elected to defend the American way of life.”—@charliekirk11 pic.twitter.com/BiG4xDrawS

— GOP (@GOP) August 25, 2020

Here are some key moments: Remarks from Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) were a highlight, as the GOP’s only black senator spoke about race and the American Dream.

“The voters judged me not on the color of my skin, but on the content of my character,” Scott said in a rousing speech.

“The truth is, our nation’s arc always bends back toward fairness. We are not fully where we want to be, but thank God almighty we are not where we used to be.” Scott shared his journey from humble beginnings to Congress, “from Cotton to Congress in one lifetime. And that’s why I believe the next American century can be better than the last.”

After completing her RNC speech, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley received rave reviews from conservatives.

Haley put forward that “in much of the Democratic Party, it’s now fashionable to say that America is racist. That is a lie,” Haley declared. “America is not a racist country.”

She added, “The people of South Carolina chose me as their first minority and first female governor.”

Democrats were scathing in their remarks after her speech on social media.

Another speaker was  Rebecca Friedrichs, a California public school teacher for more than two decades.

She commented on how unions use the funds they collect from unsuspecting teachers to back policies such as defunding the police. She said unions are, “subverting our republic so they try to undermine educational excellence, morality, law, and order.”

The Obama administration and the then-Attorney General in California Kamala Harris, defended the unions in court when Friedrichs sued the California Teachers Federation, reported Politico. “Their comrades labeled us spawns of Satan and slandered us in mainstream media,” she said.

Unions have set out to destroy the president, said Friedrichs, as he has loosened the hold on schools they previously had.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel put up an argument against the picture that the Democrats’ paint of Joe Biden as the guy-next-door. “They think he’s a nice guy,” she said. “Let me tell you, raising taxes on 82 percent of Americans is not nice. Eliminating 10 million good-paying oil and gas jobs is not nice. Policies that force jobs to flee our country or allow abortion up until the point of birth are not nice.”

“President Trump is always going to be tough when he is fighting for the American people because nice guys like Joe cared more about countries like China and Iran than the United States of America,” McDaniel said.

Fox cuts away from the RNC in the middle of @GOPChairwoman McDaniel’s speech

— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) August 25, 2020

Rep.Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), said Joe Biden would be just a puppet for the progressive left, and likened a Biden White House to “Weekend at Bernie’s.” 

“Settle for Biden—that’s the hashtag promoted by AOC and the socialists,” said Gaetz, referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

“And they will settle because they know it’ll be like ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’—and they’ll be pulling the strings,” he continued, referring to the 1989 black comedy film of the same name and suggesting socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders would be calling the shots, reported The New York Post.

“But instead of a comedy, it’s a horror movie. They’ll disarm you, empty the prisons, lock you in your home, and invite MS-13 to live next door. And the defunded police aren’t on their way,” he continued. “We must fight to save America now or we may lose her forever. Joe Biden might not even notice,” Gaetz, one of Trump’s most loyal supporters in the House, said.

The congressman ridiculed a movement urging progressives to “settle for Biden,” asserting, “They will make him an extra in a movie written, produced, and directed by others.”