As Republicans gather here for their 2016 national convention, there is a lot of energy being expended by the GOP to press delegates to unify behind Donald Trump, as bruises still remain from this year’s raucous GOP primary.
“It is so important for us to be united,” said Ben Carson, once a GOP candidate who took verbal daggers from Donald Trump, but who is now making the delegate rounds here in Cleveland to argue for Trump’s election.
“This is about what kind of nation we are going to leave for our children,” Carson said to cheers at a morning breakfast with the delegation from Georgia.
“We have to recognize that this is not about whether we agree 100 percent with whoever our candidate is,” Carson argued.
Carson was proceeded by one of the more popular GOP speakers, Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame, as he made the case for Trump as well.
Robertson drew gales of laughter as he told the story of being called on stage by Trump at a rally in Oklahoma City.
“Thirty minutes into his speech, he just stopped – and said, ‘Where’s Willie?'”
“My heart stopped beating when he said that,” Robertson recalled with a big smile on his face.
On his plane to Cleveland the other day, Robertson said he was working on the speech he will give to the GOP convention, when the lady next to him leaned over to say a word.
“So, about 30 minutes into it, she looks over at my notebook and said, are those letters from little children that you’re reading?”
“I said, no ma’am, that’s my speech that I’m giving tomorrow,” Robertson said.
Robertson then sprinted off to the Louisiana delegation – his home state – where he was also going to rally Republicans for Trump.
His message wasn’t lost on those already in the Congress, which is run by the GOP.
“We’re just missing one thing,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), “that’s a Republican President of the United States.”