July 18, 2016 Last Updated 10:36 am

The Trump Show debuts tonight, Peter Thiel to guest star during final episode

Morning Brief: Reporters gather in Cleveland to see what kind of show the Trump campaign will put on, first night of convention dedicated to “The Battle of Benghazi”

The Republican National Convention begins tonight and is likely to suck the air out of any other news other than more violence. Tonight’s schedule could rightly be called the Benghazi evening, with several speakers scheduled who will be talking about the issue that the GOP has hoped would torpedo Hillary Clinton’s campaign.


Donald Trump’s campaign has created themes for each of the evening programs:

  • Monday: Make America Safe Again
  • Tuesday: Make America Work Again
  • Wednesday: Make America First Again
  • Thursday: Make America One Again

On the last night, Paypal co-founder and Facebook board member Peter Thiel (above) has been given a primetime spot. Thiel was famously revealed to be the money behind the Gawker lawsuit and his speech may prove one of the more interesting of the convention as it may be his job to show why a candidate whose platform may be the most anti-LGBT in history should be supported by gays – or he may never mention the subject as at all. In either case, it will be interesting how he sells Trump.

(TNM ran a series of three pieces on the recent microbiography published on Peter Thiel. Start here.)

Those of us old enough to remember the late sixties (hazy though they are) probably remember it as a time when every day seemed to bring some new outrage, some new shocking news event. Looking back, it is amazing just how packed with news that year was. Looking at a timeline published by Brown University, one quickly realizes just how compact the presidential election cycle was back then. Richard Nixon did not begin his run for the White House until February 2 of that year.

Some events from the timeline:

  • January 23: North Korean patrol boats capture the USS Pueblo
  • February 2: Richard Nixon declares his candidacy
  • February 27: Walter Cronkite talks about his trip to Vietnam
  • March 12: Eugene McCarthy near beats the sitting president in the New Hampshire primary.
  • March 16: Robert Kennedy says he will run for President. On the same day, the My Lai massacre takes place.)
  • April 4: Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis.
  • May 6: Students in Paris protest and are beaten by police. A week later unions support massive strikes, President de Gaulle uses force as nation nears revolution.
  • June 4: Robert Kennedy wins California primary, but is killed by Sirhan Sirhan.
  • August 8: GOP convention


  • August 20: Czechoslovakia invaded by Soviet troops, crushing the Prague Spring.
  • August 28: Riots and police brutality at Democratic convention.
  • October 2: Student protests in Mexico City leads to hundreds of deaths. Summer Olympics begin weeks later.
  • October 31: President Johnson announces end to the bombing of North Vietnam. Move almost tips the election towards Hubert Humphrey.
  • November 5: Nixon wins election.
  • December 11: Unemployment rate stands at 3.3 percent.

Ah, 3.3 percent unemployment, bet a lot of people forget about that.

Left out of Brown’s timeline was that the Detroit Tigers won the World Series in October. For me, at that time, it was the most important thing that happened in 1968. I wish I were so young again that such things would matter.

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